3 - RELATIONSHIPS

DEVELOP TRUST


It is on that foundation of grace and the gospel that strong relationships are built. In every life stage, relationships are the vehicle for discipleship. 

In this session, Josh shares how to authentically pursue relationships with the kids in your group and their families. When relationships are forged, people are more likely accept the message of the gospel. 



Revelation 2:17 (ESV)

17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What does our name change in Revelation 2 tell you about the character of God?
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Calling kids by name is a simple act, but it is the first step to developing trust because it sets each child apart as unique. What other ways can you make each child feel known and loved?
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BUILD RELATIONSHIPS


There is power in knowing the kids you serve and allowing them to know you. Josh talks about how relationships open the door for kids to talk to a trusted adult other than their parents. 




Josh explained that of the 18-29 year olds who have stayed in the church, one significant factor was the influence of an adult who was not a parent, but held the same beliefs. In your relationships with kids, you are partnering with parents to point kids to Jesus. 


Think about your relationships with the kids in your group. Who are needy? Who are so quiet, they are invisible? Who could use more of your time and attention? Are there kids in your group whom you find hard to get to know?
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1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 (ESV)

7But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Josh said that the primary vehicle for discipleship was relationships. You share the gospel as you share your life. How is that true in your context? How are you building relationships with the kids you lead?
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CONNECT WITH FAMILIES


The majority of unchurched families come to church because they feel an internal responsibility to raise their kids with morals. In this video, you will learn how to connect with those families and minister to them.



You have an opportunity to help families develop trust in the local church and hear the gospel. What are some practical ways you can get to know families of the kids in your group?
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Relationships are like water to plants. God initiates life and relationships nourish and sustain growth. May we be faithful to build relationships and share our lives with the children and parents we serve. Head over to the next session to consider practical advice related to leadership in children’s ministry.