youth worker, youth ministry, location

Location, Location, Location

By Doug Franklin November 27, 2009

When considering the right house to buy it’s all about location. Location is the key to the right schools, safety, and the right kind of neighbors. But location is not a key when planning a mission trip. I am guessing here, but I think most of you would agree. Then why is it when we announce this year’s mission trip we start with the location and when we name the trip we use the location? The truth is, the location is what we try and sell our students on. It’s a tough sale because we want our students to think it’s awesome with a little danger on the side but we want parents to think it’s the safest place on earth. Maybe we should consider not selling the location at all. Instead let’s challenge students and parents with sacrifice. Before you even tell them the location, layout the sacrifice the trip will require. Motivate students with the impact they could have and challenge them to prepare like never before. Then say “oh by-the-way we are going to serve in ___________________.”

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