Monday, October 22, 2007
Three years ago, when I started serving Broadway Christian Church, I spent a lot of time forming relationships with my youth. I felt that before I could do any significant planning, or discern the future of the youth ministry, I needed to know each youth as well as possible. For me, I found five main ways to develop relationships: 1) calling up each youth and inviting them to youth group and/or visiting them at their house; 2) taking pizza to their school and joining them, and their friends, for lunch; 3) sending each youth a personalized birthday card (cut out from the back of my cereal boxes); 4) praying for, and with, my youth; and 5) making sure youth knew that I was always available to chat, email, pray, or just hang out. Fortunately, I’ve been able to keep up with each of these practices. I spend a lot of time in schools, talking on the phone, emailing, and visiting. But, I’m always looking for new methods of relationship building.
So, how about each of you? How are you connecting with the youth in your ministry?
Labels: youth ministry