youth ministry, youth worker, student ministry

Leadership: What To Do First

By Doug Franklin October 1, 2012

Many of us in youth ministry want to grow as leaders. We have come to understand that if we are going to lead students, adult volunteers, parents and a church in an effective youth ministry then we are going to have to grow as leaders. By the way, it’s OK if you’re just coming to the realization that leadership is the key to growing our ministries. So what is the the first step to take if we want to grow as leaders? Youth workers, you need to understand how you lead best. Don’t try and mimic other leaders, discover who you are and lead the way God has made you. You need to get to know yourself and what motivates your decision making. Leadership assessments are a good way to do this. I like Strength Finders and some of the assessments that LeaderTreks offers. I also like the idea of getting around friends and asking them about your leadership and getting their take on how you lead best. You can also take this LeaderTreks assessment online for free, check it out here https://www.leadertreks.org/leadership-style-assessment/ However you choose to learn about yourself realize that you can’t grow as a leader until you learn about you.


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