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Heroes of Youth Ministry

By Doug Franklin March 28, 2011

I spent this past weekend speaking at a youth ministry conference called Reformation in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. This conference was put on by a couple of awesome youth workers who want to help students in the eastern mountains of Kentucky. This conference wasn’t flashy or have lots of big name speakers, but it was a rock solid conference for helping students and youth workers. These conference leaders don’t have lots of money or support from their churches, but they do have heart and a love of students. They raise the money and donate their time to make it happen and they did a terrific job. Steven Bell and Chris Bumbalough serve their God and students well, sacrificing their time and talent to make a difference. I know in youth ministry we think big is best but I learned this weekend that caring about the least is best. So often we think making it in youth ministry means writing a book or impacting thousands but being faithful and caring for God’s kids is really where it’s at.

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