This third resource in our 8-part series covers relational ministry. Building relationships with teens is foundational in their developing a relationship with Christ. Far too often we find ourselves behind our desks planning versus being in the lives of our teens. This will burn us out and make our ministry ineffective. This resource is designed to get you out to a football game, visiting the teens on campus for lunch and getting an ice cream at a place of their employment. This resource will get you motivated to be in the lives of your teens and develop deeper relationships with them that lead each of them closer to Christ.
At first we will ask the question many of you are already asking, “what is relational ministry?” and “why do we do it?” Next we will explore the realities and some of the dangers of relational ministry and how we can embrace and avoid them. We will create a relational ministry plan that will look at some great “Outreach” and “Inreach” ideas that you can put into practice immediately. Of course, in order to approach teens, we need to know the types of teens we might encounter and how to love them as they are. We will also give you a few conversation starters to get the discussion going with teens. Finally, we have a great relational ministry evaluation and training outline for your Core Team.
Even if you think you are doing amazing relational ministry with your teens, check this resource out. We all know how easy it is to become complacent in relational ministry. Yet, this is one area in which we cannot get lazy since its lack will have definite impact on your ministry. Challenge yourself and your Core to make a plan and hold one another accountable for this plan. Whether you are new to Life Teen or have been doing ministry for years, now is the time to step up and focus on your teen relationships. Keep the relationships centered on Christ and seek to find Christ in every teen you meet.