youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, decisions


By Doug Franklin October 14, 2010

I was in a meeting this afternoon where we were planning a new brochure for LeaderTreks. Often these meeting go for hours with lots of ideas and differing options. The meeting today was different; we had one great idea and clear consciences about what content needed to be in the brochure. So I did something I don’t often do; I ended the meeting by assigning different people parts of the brochure and giving a deadline to have the work done. No more talk, no more “what if” and no more meeting. I could tell by the look on peoples faces they were shocked; we had only been in the meeting for 30 minutes. I am coming to understand good leaders don’t need long meetings. They need to make good, quick decisions that don’t waste people’s time. The one thing we don’t need in the church is another long meeting. Think about this in your own ministry: what would it mean if you cut 30 minutes from all your meetings? How would your followers feel and how much extra time would you have? Good decision making cuts down meeting time and makes everyone happy!

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