|From YouthMinistry.com on Monday, June 18, 2012 @ 2:06 PM PST|
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Within the past few months, I've transitioned to a new ministry place and role. I'm no longer the Student Minister, but I work as a youth sponsor. As I've gotten to know the students, I'm learning a bit about their relational language. I connected with a few of these students on Instagram. Last weekend, these two girls visited the campus of a Bible College. As they would post photos of their adventures, I'd drop them a "like" or a comment. A few days after they returned, the mother of one of the students shared with me how much the girls appreciated my comments. For other students, it's been talking about music or spending time with them at a youth ministry work day back in April. If we think about it, each one of us ministers to people in a way that connects with them. Jesus modeled that for us in His ministry on earth. The ONE that Jesus loved: the Apostle John. Writer of 5 books of the New Testament. The one given responsibility to care for Jesus' mother after His death. The guy that ran faster than Peter to get to the tomb, but to good to enter it. The ONE. His BFF. The THREE: Peter, James and John; the Sons of Thunder and John. They were on the mountaintop when Moses and Elijah, and with Him when He raised Jairus' daughter. The TWELVE: the original Apostles, the disciples, his band of brothers. The SEVENTY TWO: these guys went on the world's first short-term mission trip, and took nothing with them (try that with your students this Summer!!). The FIVE HUNDRED: these people saw Jesus after His resurrection. Here's the point...Jesus had different types of relationships with different types of people. While they varied in relational proximity, Jesus still knew them--not just Jesus as God )"I know every hair on your head"), but Jesus as person ("We've eaten a meal together", "We've raised the dead together"). As we enter into relationships with students, take time to get to know them. Do some experimenting. Interact with them differently. You'll stretch them, and yourself. John Mulholland http://xjm716.wordpress.com/ @xjm716 Read More...
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