youth worker, youth ministry, leadership

Youth Ministry Is Not About Paradigms

By Doug Franklin May 28, 2010

Recently I heard of a christian book publisher looking for new paradigms in youth ministry. Their focus was to write the next youth ministry “paradigm shift” book. Even though this would be a good seller I don’t think we need another paradigm book. The truth is, we need to build intentional relationships with students in order to impact them for Christ. Until we get that down I don’t think we need another “how-does-youth-ministry-work” book.  Don’t try and fit your students into paradigms of youth ministry; love them into a life with Christ. Ask yourself what their greatest needs are and go and serve them. Meet your students where they are at, not where a book tells you they might be.

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