youth worker. youth ministry, student ministry, pressure

The Pressure Problem

By Doug Franklin September 22, 2009

When you evaluate your ministry, do you ever think about the processes you use to get events organized? For many of us the process we use is called pressure. You may be thinking, no I don’t have any system at all, I just get things done when they need to get done. If we have no system at all, then pressure determines when you get stuff done. This pressure system moves us from one fire to the next, never getting ahead, always having to cut corners or put volunteers in tough spots. This system undermines our leadership. Followers see us as unorganized, undependable and lazy. This kills our vision, because we need to look forward, but we are too busy dealing with our current fire. Without vision people lose interest and stop following. Soon you are running to fires by yourself. This leads to you feeling like you’re in ministry alone. Ever been there?

Here are some ways to help you avoid the Pressure Problem:
1. Cut the number of events.
2. Get someone on your team who is organized.
3. Plan ahead; remember focus precedes success.
4. Cast the vision to your whole team, support staff included.

Remember, if you don’t have a plan, pressure takes over and the outcome is never what you originally dreamed it could be.

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