youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, time

No Time For Student Leadership

By Doug Franklin March 11, 2011

Most youth ministries use teams to develop student leaders. Teams can be very effective in this process but most ministries struggle to find time for these busy students to have another meeting. So what is the alternative? Actually, developing a leadership mentoring program can help with this problem. Students are matched up with an adult mentor and they can meet whenever it’s convenient. No longer are you trying to find a time when 12 students and 3 adults can meet. Also, with a mentoring leadership program you can customize the program to meet the specific needs of each student. You can still have a leadership experience for these students by matching them up with an adult volunteer in the ministry who will give them leadership over a part of the youth ministry.  If time is keeping you from having a leadership program, consider mentoring.

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