student ministry, youth ministry, youth worker

Sending an Adult Home

By Doug Franklin June 18, 2010

When I was a youth pastor the only person I have ever kicked off a mission trip was a disgruntled adult volunteer. Kid problems are easy to deal with on a trip. It is problems with staff that really make life miserable. Consider using the following steps when things start to go bad with your adult trip staff:

Step 1: Be Preemptive
Every problem with staff on a trip comes from unmet expectations. Unless you are clear in your communication with them, your staff will create their own expectations of the trip. Most youth workers are so focused on students and logistics they forget to communicate their expectations to their staff.

Step 2: Be Consistent
After communicating your expectations, it is important to consistently uphold them. Be sure staff understand the reasons for what you are doing. Hold yourself and them to a high standard.

Step 3: Be Decisive
When the time comes to take action, don’t hesitate. The longer you wait, the worse things will get. Decide on your course of action and follow through. Your staff member will appreciate your honesty, and your consistency will convey care to the rest of your staff.

Often the best thing you can do for someone is fire them. We learn the most important lessons in life from difficult situations. Being a leader requires commitment to your staff. Commit yourself to always doing what is best for them and this in turn will be what is best for your team.

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