I grow up in a great church with a rock-star youth pastor who wrote lots of books and started his own student mission organization. I attended Wheaton College and got a degree in youth ministry. I was a volunteer for many years before I became a full-time youth worker. Yet, even with all this knowledge, my first few years of being a youth pastor I sucked! The truth is you are never prepared to be a youth pastor unless you have received on the job training from a mentor who believes in you and your potential.
Men and women who are preparing to go into youth ministry listen up! You need more than a degree, you need a mentor.
LeaderTreks offers a program called Summit. Five folks just like you spend two years with a mentor, doing youth ministry and leadership development. It’s in-depth, it’s about community and it will prepare you for transformational ministry. Check out the Summit Team https://www.leadertreks.org/summit-info.html
About the Author
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