youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, leadership

The Age of Leadership

By Doug Franklin January 7, 2010

Can someone tell me how old you have to be in order to be a leader? Is there a certain age when you just become a leader or at a certain you’re qualified to be a leader? 32 – 35, but you have to be married with at least two kids – right? Youth workers struggle with age discrimination. You have older people in your church who will not listen to you based solely on your age. It’s terrible and wrong; it doesn’t allow you to have any say in how the church is run. But can I ask you, are you doing the same thing to your students? Have you placed on them a box labeled “only able to lead activities that an adult planned”? If you want leadership to be based on character and skill, then offer leadership to anyone who has the character and skill to be a leader, no matter what the age. In doing so you will be creating a culture of leadership development and you will be helping the church grow for years to come.

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