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Rants on Student Leadership #3

By Doug Franklin March 5, 2011

Why is student leadership always the last thing we do? Think about this, youth workers put off student leadership until the ministry is “ready” for them to lead. This is conventional wisdom but it doesn’t make any sense. Did Jesus wait until the disciples were ready before sending them out on their first mission trip? Did he make sure everything was perfect before starting a leadership team of the unprepared? Actually, to start his ministry he walked from Nazareth to the Jordan River got baptized and started building his leadership team. Notice, he picked the people lowest on the totem pole. Youth ministry needs to be about building students into owners, not participants.

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