youth worker, youth leader, student ministry

Dreaming Like a Leader

By Doug Franklin December 5, 2012

Leaders should be dreamers, ordinary people who believe that God can do the extraordinary things through them.  They ask God to help them see His world the way it should be – and could be – someday.  Then leaders right wrongs, meet needs, solve problems and make possibilities realities.  They mobilize followers, galvanize stragglers and help people keep commitments.  Despite hardships and obstacles, leaders “keep on keeping on” until they fulfill the dream.

The only problem is many leaders are not dreaming. When I ask them about goals, they can come up with some answers but when I ask them to dream it’s a different story. This makes me wonder why is dreaming a dying art? Is it a faith issue or are we not teaching youth leaders to dream anymore?

I am personally asking young leaders to dream more. I am pushing them to think about the world, as it is today and how it should be soon. I am trying to get them to see their role in this world changing. I try and point out that great movements have started with just one person. I want them to know that dreaming is born out of their burdens. Their burdens, the things that break their hearts are clues to how God wants them to dream. When we see slavery, lack of clean water or poverty and our hearts break we should start dreaming about what God will do through us to change the situation.


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