youth worker, youth ministry, leadership

How You Come Across

By Doug Franklin February 14, 2011

This past weekend Angie and I went to the New Home Show. It’s a bunch of exhibits from carpenter and home improvement people who want to show off what they do. The problem is, these everyday carpenters have to act like salespeople. It’s not a good fit. They come across as pushy, know-it-alls and not as people who want to help you reach your goals. It got me thinking, “do we do this in youth ministry?” We are focused on students but how do we act when it comes to dealing with parents or church leaders? Do we come across like we don’t want to be there or like we know-it-all or even worse…demanding? It’s important for us to remember that we serve the church of Jesus. That includes parents, church leaders and adult volunteers. We want them to know we serve them just like we serve students.

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