We discuss ministry value 2. Special guests Mark & Jenna.
– Do significant friendships (like the ministry value describes) exist in the school and/or church?
– How do we develop these types of friendships?
– What attitudes in our environment either prevent or allow for this development? We discuss things like judgement and insecurity due to unhealthy comparison to others
– How do we really create a culture where significant friendships exist?
Overview: Ministry Value #2: “Youth need significant friendships that add value, encourage growth, and validate each person’s worth. The church provides a place for youth to support one another in a way that they might not experience anywhere else. These types of relationships can be life changing.” A few questions to get started: Who is someone in your life you’d consider a significant friend? Why? (they “add value, encourage growth”?) Can a significant friendship exist without these things? Think about everyone else (those not considered your significant friends). How do you validate their worth as a human being? Now think about the church. How might it offer something not found anywhere else? In John 15, Jesus tells the disciples that being connected to God is like fruit being connected to a tree. A branch can’t produce fruit on it’s own; neither can we. And then Jesus says a couple of interesting things: “This is how my Father shows who he
Last month I shared that we’re going through our “ministry values” at Renew. And we’re just beginning, so it’s on to the second: Ministry Value #2: “Youth need significant friendships that add value, encourage growth, and validate each person’s worth. The church provides a place for youth to support one another in a way that they might not experience anywhere else. These types of relationships can be life changing.” So basically, we’re talking about growing valuable friendships. I have a friend (I know, shocking). His name is Kevin. 11 years ago when I was youth director at a church in Phoenix, Kevin was a little punk high schooler. We started talking about real life issues and he was asking difficult questions about God and the point of the church. I remember standing in the parking lot after youth group having these deep conversations about life. That was then. Today, when I go back to Phoenix we hang out, we talk