youth worker, youth ministry, price

The Price of Mission

By Doug Franklin November 23, 2009

I just spent the past weekend at the National Youth Workers Convention and had a chance to see many different youth mission organizations in the exhibit hall. Many of them sell themselves on price. I know price is important but is it the most important factor when deciding where to take your students on a mission trip? How about impact, effectiveness of their staff and program, and the ability to build relationships with students? In reality, couldn’t you make the case that low price means less quality? When we buy cheaper products in the store we usually get cheaper quality. I know these are tough economic times and price is a factor but let’s not forget that transformation is the focus on our mission trip programs.

Also don’t get me started on the fact to most youth mission organizations are exactly the same. They offer the exactly same program doing the exact same things. Innovation is no where. But that’s another discussion for another day.

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