youth worker, youth ministry, leadership, church relations

Hurting Youth Workers

By Doug Franklin February 17, 2011

My new book on sr. pastors and youth pastors relationships comes out today. It’s a fun day to celebrate the book but it’s also  hard day for me when I think about how many youth pastors are hurting on this subject. There was a youth worker in my office today telling me about how their sr. pastor doesn’t care if the youth ministry lives or dies. I don’t want to come down on sr. pastors because many of them are doing a great job but I hear too many stories of youth workers who don’t have any connection with their sr. pastor. What I don’t really get is how this is happening. Weren’t these sr. pastors youth pastors a few years ago? Weren’t they mis-treated? Have they forgotten or do they think it’s OK to treat younger brothers and sisters this way? I also wonder why famous sr. pastors don’t ever speak out about how their peers should treat their co-laborers? Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

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