youth worker, youth ministry, leadership, preparation


By Doug Franklin February 1, 2011

As we are getting ready for the big snow storm here in Chicago I started to think about preparation. I know how to prepare for a storm because I was told 4 days ago that it was coming. But how do I prepare for leadership challenges that I can’t see? As leaders we have to be prepared for obstacles and opportunities we can’t see. After all only those who see the invisible will do the impossible. So how do we develop leadership vision to see what can’t be seen?

1. Believe in Better
Leaders must believe their ministries can be better, no matter what their situation. If a leader doesn’t believe in better, than obstacles will seem impossible and opportunity will seem undoable.

2. Trust Your Gut
God has placed you in leadership and he has given you everything you need to lead so trust your instinct. I have found that God not only gave me LeaderTreks but also gave me the wisdom to lead it. I am sure the same is true for you.

3. Push for Excellence
On the road to excellence you find more obstacles and opportunities then when you leave well enough alone. Your leadership vision will grow as you push and you will begin to see opportunities you could never imagine.

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