youth ministry, youth worker

Don’t Use That Word

By Doug Franklin November 10, 2009

More and more people are telling me not to use the word leadership. People don’t like it; they don’t like the leaders they see in life and they don’t like the responsibility that goes with being a leader. Use words like influencer or change agent or maybe facilitator. These are all good words and important positions but none of them carry the weight of leader.

I am not going to stop using the word leader because I believe what we need in the church is leaders. I am not going to water it down or make it seem like something less. Backing down never works and making people happy just leads to mediocrity. Be a leader in your church but know this: it will cost you more than you want to spend, it will take more time then you have, and it will take you on an adventure that you will never forget. Lead on!

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