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When No One Shows Up

By Doug Franklin November 1, 2010

This past week I learned a pretty important lesson about working with students. This past week I did all the normal things I usually do in preparing for youth group: I met with the youth pastor, I prepared my small group study for youth group, and I even talked about youth group with others. But when I showed up to youth group this past week, none of the boys in my small group were there. I knew the responsibility fell on me. I realized that youth group night isn’t enough; I need to be present in their lives. I’m learning my lesson and the importance of a relationship with these boys outside of youth group. If I’m serious about wanting to build into students’ lives, I have to give more than just one night a week. I have to give my life.

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