youth ministry, youth worker

What do Students want from youth ministry?

By Doug Franklin August 11, 2010

I have been thinking a lot about  what we want students to learn through youth ministry but it stuck me, what do they want? I know when I was in high school, many years ago, I wanted to hang with my friends and meet girls. My friends in youth group were great and getting to chase girls that were nice was an added benefit. I didn’t really think about what I wanted to get our of youth group spiritually. I guess I thought is was my responsibility to go to church so I would make the best of it. I also like some of the adult leaders, specially the ones who were interested in me; you know, the ones that would come to my football games. I guess the spiritual part for me was late in youth group around my junior and senior years. I am glad I stayed around and matured enough to even get some of the spiritual stuff. I wonder if much as changed and students come to youth group for friends first and end up finding that youth group is a great place to meet God?

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