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Refuel Before You Burn Out 

By Doug Franklin September 14, 2017

My heart breaks for youth workers. I want to see them be successful. I want them to reach students. Most youth workers don’t understand that they are hired to work with students BUT they are fired because they can’t lead.

“The youth worker starts working harder to attract students, which leads to burnout for youth workers and disappointment for churches.”

Many churches have the same growth strategy, and, as youth workers, we don’t always like where this strategy leads. Churches plan to increase attendance by hiring a youth worker who students will like, and in turn, youth workers create attraction-based ministries to get students to come. Churches then see more and more students coming, and they begin to wonder, “Do we have enough solid small group leaders? How is this increase in attendance going to affect the budget?” Slowly, suspicions begin to grow and the church questions if the youth worker has the leadership skills to run such a large ministry. The youth worker starts working harder to attract students, which leads to burnout for youth workers and disappointment for churches.

Youth workers need leadership development if they are going to be successful in church today. They have to stop working harder and start working smarter. At Refuel Retreats we provide leadership training so youth workers can grow their youth ministries—and stay there. See where a Refuel Retreat might take you, and make a game plan to refuel before you burn out.

Doug Franklin

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 a dog that thinks he is their only child. Diesel is a 70-pound Weimaraner  who never leaves their side. Doug grew […]

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