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youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, trust

Why Don’t People Trust You?

By Doug Franklin April 17, 2012

Have a parent meeting and it’s packed out? Parents ever ask you questions that give you the feeling they think your events are risky? Church leadership ever ask you questions about spending or use of equipment that leads you to wonder about their confidence in you? Well, sorry to tell you this but your feelings are telling you something. Parents only come to “Parent Night” when they are worried. Trust is usually lost when you don’t deliver what you promised. The quickest way to get trust back is do the following:

1. Keep everything on schedule and on time
Do what you say you’re going to do, do it on time. If you do this for 24 months straight, parents and church leaders will have confidence in you. Fail on this first point and nothing will help you.

2. Work hard
The rap on you is you play with kids. Understand this prospective and work hard to change it. Be the first to the office, tell key people in church leadership your schedule, offer to help in other ministries. These simple steps will change this perspective.

3. Stay within budget
Sticking to your budget says a lot about your personal discipline. It says alignment to your visions and organizational strength. Over spend and you are a loose cannon. Stay within your budget and you are a rare find within your generation.

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