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Pay Per Disciple

By Doug Franklin May 8, 2013

What if youth workers were paid by the disciples developed? You would get paid a flat fee for every student who become a spiritual self feeder. The students would need to have a desire for truth, an ability to study and apply scripture and be actively using their spiritual gifts. When students reached this criteria a youth worker would be compensated.

I know this isn’t realistic but just think about how it would change our behavior as youth workers? We would spend more time being intentional with students. We would ask deeper questions. We would focus more on the actions of a disciple with our programing. It would sure make us personally more focused.

With the finish line more pronounced we would leverage parents, adult volunteers and experiences to their maximum effectiveness. I guess we would punt hang-out time and video games. We would make better use of the summer camps and mission trips. Everything would have a purpose.

I would think we would spend much more time on outreach and evangelism training (future revenue).

Before you reject this idea as crazy let me ask you, would you stay in your job if your church changed the compensation structure to pay per disciple?

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