youth ministry, youth worker, community

Increasing the Challenge

By Doug Franklin June 17, 2009

While serving this week with students on this student-led mission trip, I have been working daily to increase the challenge. Each student has leadership for a different role on the trip, the key for me is to increase the challenge each day while still keeping them connected to the mission. This is not easy, and even though I have been doing it for 15 years, I still struggle at times to know the right mix. I have, however, found one tool that always works for me – Love. When I tell students I love them and that I love them so much I will not leave them the same…they start to understand. I tell them that most adults in their lives just want to make them happy. I don’t. I want to make them leaders.

Students will respond when they know they are loved and they know the reason for the challenge.

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