The scriptural basis for relational youth work is that we seek to follow the pattern of Jesus who built relationships with his disciples and revealed himself to them. Relationships are essential; they are transformative; they are the glue of youth ministry. Jesus is present where the church gathers and community exists. The reality is that young people will see Jesus more in a group than in one relationship.
The types of relationships that we focus on include the youth’s bond to God, to parents, to others in the class, to the instructor, to the Christian community and to all people.
Specifically, we endeavor to:
- Reflect upon their faith in conversation and fellowship with others
- Develop a deeper sense of worship and prayer
- Consider ethical issues of importance to them and their families
- Pray for the needs of others, for personal desires and for the mission of the church
- Express the gospel in a meaningful way and to share what God in Christ has done for them
- Recognize the needs and hurts of those in the world around them and to be a part of a helping and healing service to others
- Relate to other Christians as students, friends, caregivers and teachers
- Use their God-given gifts and abilities in a manner that strengthens the mission outreach of the church.
The program is 3 years and it involves 6th, 7th and 8th graders.