youth ministry, youth worker, frustrations

Dealing with Past Mistakes

By Doug Franklin October 22, 2009

We often inherit the sins of the youth pastors before us. Sometimes those sins are huge (I am not saying one sin is large than another), the kind of sin that ruins a life. Other times those sins are small but the church doesn’t want the new yp to repeat them. We need to be aware of these past sins because they create traps we don’t know about. We often fall into this traps and don’t know why or how we got there.  When you are the new guy or gal at a church, get some folks you trust who can talk you through the past sins. You don’t have to get personal or bash the past yp, but understand what the folks are concerned about and avoid the traps – you will be happy you did.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More