Lead a Weblog for Young Adult Leaders
As a part of my church duties, I work the café, greet guests and generally try to make the lobby of the middle school we meet in as friendly and welcoming as possible.
For the past three weeks, my café partner has been 20-something Val. During a lull, she asked me what I did and I told her about Threads and how our entire mission is about encouraging churches to reach people just like her.
Here is a sampling of what she told me between serving up drinks for our guests
Paul had a somewhat tenuous relationship with the Galatians. He loved them, but when they abandoned the gospel for a hybrid of Christianity, he had to come down on them. Hard. And through the first three chapters, Paul is angry, irritated, and direct. But in chapter 4, his tone starts to ease up a bit.
One of the four markers we talk about in young adult ministry is “depth.” Depth of Bible study is more than just knowing the whos and whats, of the Bible; it’s also being able to talk about and wrestle with the whys. The goal of depth is not just intellectual stimulation; true depth is measured by the level of encounter one has with the information.
One of the markers of young adult ministry we talk about often is “connection.” When we say connection, we’re talking primarily about intergenerational ministry—the connection and relationships between young adults and those who have been before them in life and ministry, and generations younger than them who young adults have the chance to influence. Mentoring relationships are one of the best ways for intergenerational ministry to happen. But what actually makes an effective mentoring relationship?
A large Sunday School class or ministry offers some interesting rewards while simultaneously posing a few unique challenges. On the one hand, there is great energy in most large crowds, so getting people to talk, have a good time, feel they are not alone … this is easy for you. On the other hand, though, you have some real, significant relational challenges. Every leader has a relationship capacity—that number of people who they can know well and by whom they feel known well.