youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, struggling


By Doug Franklin March 10, 2010

I am overwhelmed by how many youth workers have a sour relationship with their sr. pastor. So many youth workers coming into my office telling me stories that break my heart. In fact I have had to look hard to find a youth worker with a good relationship with their sr. pastor. There are a few out there but they are rare.

This got our publishing team thinking: what if we surveyed youth workers and sr. pastors to see what the problem was. So we did – we asked a bunch of pastors from both camps to help us out. The information was interesting and somewhat consistent. To summarize: youth workers value impact, not years spent on the job, while sr. pastors wanted respect for years on the job. There is a lot more to it than this but you will have to read the book to get all the information.

My struggle is what do I call this book – so far I got “My Sr. Pastor Sucks” which many youth workers have told me they love but falls right into the thinking by sr. pastors that youth workers don’t respect them. I would love your thoughts…..

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