As a youth pastor I had a consistent focus on students growing in their faith. This focus came from my personal make-up. My spiritual gift of apostleship was the influence of our focus. The good thing was I knew this about myself. I never tried to say that discipleship was more important than evangelism or missions, but because of who I was our main focus was discipleship. This self awareness helped me in untold ways. Because I was aware of how God wired me I didn’t spend lots of time trying out the latest fad in youth ministry. I didn’t try to be like other leaders in youth ministry. I knew who I was and what my passion was, and I and I stuck to it. This self awareness led to great joy for me. I never felt frustrated or lacking in ministry skills. I felt comfortable in my skin and happy to be serving Jesus where I was. So how about you? Are you self aware and do you know how it can lead to contentment in youth ministry?
About the Author
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