youth worker, youth ministry, team

Free or Effective?

By Doug Franklin August 19, 2010

Recently I was with a group of youth workers who were discussing the need for an effective spiritual gift assessment written just for students. We talked for a while about what would make the assessment effective and ways to administer the assessment so students would be in the correct mindset to get the most out of the gift assessment. We talked about the need to take out confusing language and the importance of simplifying the questions. Then someone mentioned that they had a 200 question spiritual gift inventory written for adults; it was copyright fee and they could send it out to everyone in an e-mail later that day. That offer killed the discussion; free trumpted the need for effective. The census in the room was, if it’s free, let’s use that one. I know we are all trying to do youth ministry on tight budgets but let’s keep the goal in mind of helping students grow. Remember – Doing less ministry effectively will do more for your students than doing tons of ineffective ministry.

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