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6 Results of Relational Evangelism

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Every youth pastor wants to see their students on fire for Jesus. But what’s the best way to help them get there? Youth ministry tradition says a weekly game, 20-minute sermon, and the occasional special event can do the trick. But tradition is losing its impact on today’s teens who need and want more. Instead, let’s look at 6 things that happen when you switch gears and start to focus on relational evangelism.

6 Results of Relational Evangelism

1. STUDENTS GO DEEPER

Sharing the Gospel involves risk. Risk taking helps teenagers learn deeper and faster. Your teenagers will master what they believe because they need to articulate it to their peers.

2. WORSHIP GETS RICHER

Sharing the Gospel and seeing students come to Christ supercharges the atmosphere like nothing else. Praise gets real.

3. THINGS GET MESSY

Yes, your teens reaching out to the bad, broken and bullied at school can bring “those kids” into your youth group. Embrace it! It should create some Jesus-inspired awkward teaching moments.

4. MEETINGS HAVE A MISSION

Instead of just a holy huddle, your youth group meetings can be outwardly focused, filled with students sharing stories and be inspired for their mission outside of the four walls of the church building.

5. PRAYER IS STRENGTHENED

Relational evangelism can be nerve-wracking, and nerve-wracking situations trigger prayer. Prayer triggers dependence on Jesus. And dependence accelerates spiritual growth.

6. YOU BECOME THE COACH

Your students have 100 times more influence with their peers than you do. Allowing them to take the lead empowers them for the work God has created them to do.

 

This article on the results of relational evangelism originally appeared here, and are used by permission.

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Emma Schenkel loves serving as an adult leader in the youth ministry at her home church in Broomfield, CO. Youth ministry had such a huge impact on her as a teenager that she just never left! She lends her voice to help youth leaders connect with Dare 2 Share and build Gospel Advancing Ministries.