youth worker, student ministry, youth ministry

Leadership Focus

By Doug Franklin November 12, 2009

I am coming to realize one of the most important actions I can do for my team is bring focus. Through meetings, personal conversations, and intentional interaction I need to keep bringing up to my teammates the focus of our ministry and purpose. We are now three months into this ministry year and the vision casting we did as leaders back in August is long forgotten. We need to be creative on how we continue to bring our teammates back to the focus on our ministries. Here are a few ideas:

1. Focus statement
Have the team come up with a statement that explains the purpose of the ministry today. This statement should include what is happening in the ministry currently and what results are being seen.

2. Short – term goals
Make a real short term goal for your team based on the vision you cast in late summer. For example: here at LT we want to get new people into our database and we have a goal for the year. So I made a goal for this month that is less than the year goal but still a challenge for the team. This brings the team back to the focus of getting people into our database.

3. Give small rewards
When someone on your team lives out the mission, call them up front and give them a small reward like dinner at your place. This will remind people of the mission and it will reinforce their focus on 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