///3 Statements Relational Youth Ministry Makes

3 Statements Relational Youth Ministry Makes


Relational youth ministry is what we strive for in our high school ministry – and here are 3 things that relational youth ministry says from leader to student:

“I care.”
Simply put – when you take a step to connect with a student it shows how much you care. In a teenage world of too-busy parents, virtual friendships and fast-paced relationships, your efforts to develop a relationship with them shows how deeply you care for them. Every minute you spend with them, every text you send, every time you show up – speak volumes without a spoken word.

“You matter to me.”
A small group is a fraction of the whole ministry – but your students are loved and cared for – and known. When they walk into a church service, like you, they are one of many. When they walk into a home, they are greeted and loved by name – because they matter.

“I’m proud of you.”
Some of the most powerful words you can say to a student is, “I’m proud of you.” Someone other than their parent taking a genuine interest in their life can give them confidence like never before. A sense of belief, not just in themselves, but from someone else can be empowering – even life-changing – for a student. You breathe these words every time you build a relationship with them.

What else does it say to your students?


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Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He's the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and been in 300+ episodes of the DYM Podcast with Doug Fields. He's created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books including 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids, which now includes 2 teenagers of their own! Contact Josh | Speaking Requests

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