youth ministry, youth worker

Personal Spiritual Growth Plan Follow Up

By Doug Franklin May 23, 2012

I wanted to follow-up on my post the other day about creating personal spiritual growth plans for students. Many of you wrote me and ask what would this look like. Good question: When I was a youth pastor I had a tool for doing this. All of my small group leaders were in charge of making the plans for each student. We would look how God was working IN and THROUGH students. I would ask them to make a plan for four (4) areas of a students life. Spiritual growth, family, friends and use of spiritual gifts. In each of these areas the small group leader would ask, how is God working IN and THROUGH this student in this area. What can I do to come alongside what I see God doing and encourage this student? The small group leader would then write out a paragraph of goals they want to challenge the student to reach in each of the life areas I described above.


At each staff meeting small group leaders would make a report on progress toward these goals. I would also encourage small group leaders to contact parents and go over the goals and progress as the year unfolded. Here is a one page form our small group leaders used to track students spiritual goals. I hope this is helpful.



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