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Upside Down Church

By Doug Franklin April 5, 2011

What if churches were flipped upside down and 80% of each church’s resources were controlled by the youth pastor? The senior pastors had to minister to all the adults on his own, but was still required to evangelize, lead small groups, preach, train volunteer leaders and give crisis care. This is an interesting idea to ponder over. If our churches were flipped upside down, youth pastors would have the resources to really reach lost students and provide them with incredible discipleship tools. Think about all the extra help you’d get in this position if this were true: you’d have an admin, associate pastor, facility manager, and a team of elders on call to help you.  Just think what you could do with all those people helping you reach students. As Christians, our job is to create spread the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth, yet how effective are we using our current model? Youth ministries time and time again are under funded, under resourced, and under appreciated, yet it is students who are bringing more people to know Christ every year than anyone else. Remember those pesky little statistics out there telling us that majority of people come to know Christ before they leave high school? If that’s so true, we should take it more seriously. So here is the question: would your church be more effective if it actually flipped itself upside down?

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