youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, rant #2

Rants on Student Leadership #2

By Doug Franklin March 2, 2011

It breaks my heart when youth workers tell me they would love for their students to lead but they are just not ready. When are students ready to lead? When they are responsible or when they are somewhat responsible? I tend to wonder if were looking at the wrong person. Maybe the questions should be, “when will the youth worker be ready to let students lead?” Student leadership programs are a big time commitment, there so many aspects to ministry and thinking of adding one more is hard to imagine. I know youth workers are overworked, but students having ownership in the ministry is too important to put off. If we want students to own their faith they have to own the ministry.

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