Youth ministry, student ministry, youth group, youth pastor, student leadership

Ready Or Not

By Doug Franklin November 11, 2013

Often youth workers tell me that they would love to use LeaderTreks but their students are not “ready” for leadership. I am not sure who made the rule; you can’t focus on leadership development until you show some leadership. I am also unsure of how someone shows leadership without anyone helping them learn about leadership.

I must also admit I don’t know what “Ready” means. Best I can tell “ready” means showing responsibility. But I am not really sure. By the way, responsibility and leadership are two different things.

What else is kind of odd is that youth workers think a group of students will reach “ready” at the same time. I often hear, “we should have a group ready in a few years.” How will they get “ready” at the same time?

At LeaderTreks we take non-leaders and develop them as leaders. We take students where they are at and develop them into leaders.  No pre-qualifications, because we think everyone is ready to learn how to be a leader.

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