What is student leadership?
Every youth ministry has a different definition of what a student leader is. Some youth pastors say they have a comprehensive leadership development program. But their program consists of students coming early to youth group early to hang out with the youth pastor and set up the chairs. Others tell me their program focuses on character development and becoming a person of influence. Still others tell me they have strong student leaders who love the Lord and love getting together for Bible study and personal accountability. They make up the spiritual core of the group. Not all these models of ministry can be leadership development. So what model of leadership development is really developing leaders?
At LeaderTreks, we are convinced that leadership development is a combination of principles and experiences.
Leadership principles + Leadership experiences = Transformational leadership
Students must understand universal truths about leadership. They must also have the opportunity to put those principles into action, realize the consequences of their decisions, and see projects through to completion.
About the Author
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