student ministry, youth worker, youth ministry

Off-site Meeting

By Doug Franklin January 26, 2011

I spent today at an off-site meeting doing strategic planning for LeaderTreks. We do a good job of short-term planning called game planning, which helps us plan out the next year, but we realize that our short-term plans are not helping us reach long-term goals. We met today to connect long-term goals with short-term game planning. I learned a ton. It’s always surprising to me as the leader how planning reveals followers’ thoughts about purpose. I know the purpose for our programs but as we plan for the future I get to see how my followers have interpreted those purposes. This is not a bad thing but a helpful realization. No matter how many times I repeat the purpose everyone hears me in different ways. They filter the message through their life experience. Remember leaders: you need to repeat the purpose of the ministry and listen to how your followers share the mission. Trust me, you will learn a lot.

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