youth ministry, youth worker, relational

Why is Relational Ministry So Hard?

By Doug Franklin July 18, 2011

I love hanging out with friends, just talking and laughing; it’s my favorite thing to do. So why do I struggle with peer to peer relational ministry? I guess it’s because the minute it’s called ministry I change my focus. I get serious and forget to just relax. A friend was telling me that good small groups have three interactions a week outside of a group’s normal meeting time. This thought was overwhelming, I barely have enough time to connect with the few friends I have now, let alone reach out three times to others. I started to think how I would do this and again I came down to being intentional. I am challenging myself to reach out to more people and to relax and just listen. I will let you know how it’s going.

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