youth ministry, youth worker, rescue

Rescuing Students

By Doug Franklin July 21, 2009

When students are placed in a leadership role the greatest danger they face is:

A.    Driving the cost of the project up
B.    Failure, which could lead to low self esteem
C.    Doing something wrong
D.    Adult giving them answers when they face tough decisions because it will keep them fromlearning valuable lessons

If we want to develop students as leaders we must understand that it’s not about us. It’s not about what we know or what we think. It’s about allowing students to make decisions and live with the consequences.  This allows us to ask deep questions and teach through the experience. These are known as teachable moments and they are the most powerful way to teach.

When you have a student leadership program the greatest danger you face is having adults giving the students all the answers. Stop them and allow the students to lead.

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