Chapter 2: Why Relational Youth Ministry Can’t Be About Influence
Why relational youth ministry cannot be about influence? Andrew Root gives youth pastors 4 reason:
1. it would use relationships as a means to another end (p.33)
-Do we have a point going into a relationship that dictates the direction of the relationship?
2. the person isn’t important; only that person’s decision is (p.37)
-If we only care about decisions, we’ll easily ignore how complicated human life can be.
3. the incarnation of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with influence (p.39)
-it is about suffering with them.
4. the koinonia of the Trinity is not about influence (p.41)
-the Trinity is a view of the community of the Godhead. It is a picture of each person of the Godhead sharing in the life of the other two.
Root believes youth ministers need to deconstruct the influential model and rebuild a deep relational youth ministry paradigm.