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Why relational youth ministry cannot be about influence? Andrew Root gives youth pastors 4 reason:

Chapter 2 Relationships Unfiltered by Andrew Root

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.

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  1. It should be legal for me to punch you. So, am I the only youth psoatr who’s ever really wanted to hit a kid? I think not. Then I want to turn around and hug and hold that same kid because I know why he does the things that make me want to whack him upside the head.

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