youth worker, student ministry, youth ministry

Mission Trip Focus

By Doug Franklin October 18, 2010

Often we think that if students will simply go on a mission trip, they will be changed. As youth workers, we know this is not necessarily true. At LeaderTreks, we believe that going is not enough; we must be intentional with the mission experience if we want students to grow in their faith. Mission trips offer youth workers a golden opportunity to challenge students to lead. When students lead, they serve with purpose and own the mission. No longer are your students goofing around during free time; instead, they are using their time to figure out creative ways to complete God’s mission on earth. Soon they’ll be coming up with new ideas, offering to stay on the work site longer, and asking if they can give more to children in need. Student leadership has the power to transform your missions experience from a memory to a milestone.

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