It's All About Relationships

It's All About Relationships

I recently read an article about ministry that stated "make sure ministry is all about relationships (1)."  This aspect is so important in Youth Ministry when you think about students and their home lives or lack of one, the friendships they have or don't have, and so on. However, this is just as true in ministry as whole.

"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." 

I heard this phrase growing up often in regards to forming a relationship with someone in hopes of sharing the gospel with them. This method dates all the way back to the First Century and the approach Jesus took in His ministry. It was built on relationships.

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Communication!

Communication!

Communication! We have been taught the need for proper communication since our first argument on the playground with the kid who jumped in front of us in the line for the slide, but how old are we when we finally learn to practice what has been instilled in us all our lives?

The Israelites, during Joshua's leadership, had to learn a life lesson in communication. In Joshua 22, God had led the twelve tribes of Israel to conquer the land of Canaan. All the tribes had worked together to help one another. Now, the job was complete, and Joshua had given permission to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh to go back home. The land God had granted to them was on the other side of the Jordan River from the other tribes' land. When they returned home, they built an altar.

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Covenant: Merely a Contract?

Covenant: Merely a Contract?

The Bible emphasizes a unique word in describing relationship agreements: COVENANT. It’s the word God uses to capture His relationship with Noah, with Abraham, with Moses, with David, and ultimately with all who are in Christ - the recipients of “the new covenant,” (Jeremiah 31). But since “covenant” has gone out of fashion in common vocabulary, many search for other words to use in its place. We may be tempted to use the analogy of a contract to understand a covenant. I have used this word myself in preaching about covenant before. They both involve agreements and commitments. However, the biblical concept of covenant emerges as much stronger than the conditions of a contract.

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The Source of Conflict

The Source of Conflict

Conflict is inevitable. If you never disagree with someone, then you don't know each other well enough. You don't have a real relationship. But the quarreling (or fighting) often associated with conflict can be prevented. If you want to map out a river, you need to locate all the headwaters. So if you want to map out the whole process of conflict quarrels, let's allow the inspired writer James to point us to the headwaters where we might be able to redirect the streams before they all flow together...

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It Takes A Village

It Takes A Village

You’ve heard the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”. How true do you believe that saying is? Studies show that those who stayed in church following their high school graduation were able to name 5 adults who impacted their spiritual development. Family, friends, and church leaders all fall into this category.

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