youth worker, youth ministry, messy

Move Beyond the Mess

By Doug Franklin November 24, 2009

I notice a lot of youth workers are caught in the mess of their church. What I mean is they are not dreaming about moving their ministries forward because of distractions that come from being part of a church. Maybe the Senior Pastor is unhappy or just left, or the elders are fighting, or one family in the church is raising a stink about who knows what. Youth workers will often only move forward when they think the dust is about to settle.These distractions often become so overwhelming they lead you to make excuses and stop moving. They can at times become a crutch. But guess what? The dust from these issues isn’t going to settle until Jesus returns, so fight through the distractions and start dreaming for your ministry. Honestly ask yourself, have you stopped moving forward because the mess is too great or have you stopped fighting? If you answered yes, consider this a kick in the pants … start fighting, your students are worth 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