How are you interacting with the teens in your life?

I ran across this chart today on Josh Griffins blog,, and it really struck me to how are we, as youth pastors and those in ministry, interact with the students God has placed under us. I find it interesting that the top three things on this chart as to what students are saying has to do with us building a relationship with them. Too many times in ministry we just tell our students what to do and preach to them about everything. They listen to us but most of the time it never changes them and transform their lives. We must not preach/teach our students only, but we must have healthy relationships with them before they will truly let our teaching/preaching change them. Some might disagree with me and that is ok, but I honestly believe that if we as leaders do not build relationships with our students outside the church (via Facebook, Twitter, Texting, and hanging out with them) we will never see our preaching/teaching change them. We must combine healthy relationships with our teaching/preaching and then we will see the change. Look over this chart and honestly ask yourself, “How am I interacting with the teens/kids God has put in my life?”

What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about all this!

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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