Monday, March 30, 2009

Ministry Myth: It is all about Relationships!

Seems this ministry myth is going strong. I've seen a lot of ministries, and especially youth ministries based upon the relationships of the youth pastor to the student. Relationships are not the end. Relationships are not the goal. Relationships are the means, the tool in which one points to well, Jesus.

God doesn't say I want just a relationship with you. God wants all of you.

Ministry isn't all about Relationships. Ministry is about, well, Jesus.

You do have to have a relationship with someone to point them to Jesus. You can't just go up to any yahoo on the street, and say, "If you were to die tonight, do you know where you'd spend eternity?" People don't even think in the realms of dying tonight, eternity; nor contemplate destination. In fact it probably turns them off to the message of the gospel, rather than attracts them.

Want to reach people, who seem to know about Jesus? Be real. Don't think relationships are the end all to be all. Ministry is more than getting in a small group and thinking I have a great relationship with everyone and have community therefore this is it. Ministry is centered on God, not relationships. Sometimes we forget that.

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