youth ministry, youth worker

Early Warning System

By Doug Franklin May 6, 2010

Leaders see problems first. From maintenance issues to ministry mishaps leaders, are always the ones who know there is a problem before everyone else. As leaders we often think about how the engine of the organization is running – we want it smooth. When the engine starts to misfire we hear the knocking sound, we sense the problem and we are ready to act. This is what separates leaders from managers; the ability to act. As a leader of an organization I ask  myself the following questions on a regular basis:

1. What is our greatest need?

2. Are staff motivated or unmotivated and why?

3. Where in the organization are we acting the same of we did three years ago?
(If I find a place in the organization where we have not changed in three years – I look to make changes)

4. Where are we making cuts more often than growing revenue?

5. Are we following the vision that God has given us?

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