Philippians 2:5-11 [NIV]
In order to understand what it means to “be real” in our Your attitude should be the
lives and ministries, we are going to use the Incarnation as same as that of Christ Jesus:
a starting point. Who, being in very nature
God, did not consider equal-
“Christ entered into a new dimension of existence though the ity with God something to be
gateway of human birth and took up his residence among grasped, but made himself
(us).” - Frank Gaeblin nothing, taking the very na-
ture of a servant, being made
Isn’t it ridiculous?! God took the form of a man, a human be- in human likeness. And be-
ing, and we can assume he fought with his mom, got splin- ing found in appearance as a
ters woodworking with his dad, wrestled with his brothers, man, he humbled himself and
and went fishing with his friends. became obedient to death—
even death on a cross! There-
fore God exalted him to the
Jesus was a place-sharer. highest place and gave him
the name that is above ev-
He entered into the story of our lives to invite us into the ery name, that at the name
Story of his Love. of Jesus every knee should
bow, in heaven and on earth
“[Dietrich] Bonhoeffer wrote and shouted w his own life that
ith and under the earth, and ev-
we must become place-sharers; We should enter deeply into ery tongue confess that Jesus
each other’s lives for only their sake, knowing that in so doing Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God in Christ is present to us both.” God the Father.
-Andrew Root, p125
Definition of Incarnation: ____________________________
John 1:14 [TM}
_________________________________________________ The Word became flesh and
blood, and moved into the
neighborhood. We saw the
And we’re called to go into the world just as God came into glory with our own eyes, the
our world through Jesus. We’re called to go out of the four one-of-a-kind glory, like Fa-
walls and into the lives of kids, taking God incarnation-ally ther, like Son, Generous inside
into their lives. Our job is to let them see the God they can- and out, true from start to fin-
not see. Jesus with skin on. That’s what our call is as youth ish.
workers. This is an expression of God in us. A natural process
flowing out of our relationship with God. Like it says in 2 Cor-
inthians 5:13, “His love compels me...”
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1. 1. “Relational ministry is about
helping adolescents be au-
2. 2. thentic human beings as de-
termined by the incarnate,
human Christ. It joins them
4. 4. in full solidarity w human-
ity, helping them avoid and
5. 5. oppose that which dehu-
manizes, and helping them
claim their humanity in wor-
We have fallen into the belief that it’s about influence when ship and service of the hu-
it’s actually about solidarity. man God.”
-Andrew Root, p92
In his book, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, Andrew Root
“The incarnation, then is not about influence but about
solidarity in common humanity, and so relational ministry
should be the same. Relational ministries should avoid the
temptation to use relationships to influence adolescents
and instead see the mandate of the incarnation as the call
to shared solidarity in common humanity.” (p92)
Here’s what we know...
A person is more powerful than an .
“Preach the Gospel always...
People are more important than . if necessary...use words.”
- St. Francis
Relationships are an end in .
A hundred years from now, it won’t matter what my bank ac-
count was, the sort of house I lived in, or the car I drove. But
the world may be a different place because I was important
in the life of a teen. In reality, they won’t remember a thing
you’ve said, what they’lll remember is who you are.
The culture in the United States has undergone a titanic and
irreversible revolution in the last sixty years. In fact, our so-
ciety has transitioned faster than any civilization in the his-
tory of the world.
In 1930 over 70% of America lived in rural areas and about
30% lived in an urban area.
1950: 36% rural, 64% urban
2000: 20% rural, 80% urban/suburban
(World Urbanization Prospects: 2007 Revision Population
Let’s look at 15 comparisons between pre-
World War II (PAST) and the current norm
PAST: Good basic training for .
PRESENT: Little basic training for .
PAST: Family sharing.
PRESENT: Family sharing.
PAST: Homogenous system.
[def: of the same or a similar kind or nature]
PRESENT: Heterogenous system.
[def: consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients]
PAST: role models to observe.
PRESENT: role models to observe.
Treve cc a N a z a re n e U n i ve rs i ty o f fe rs yo u t h e
o p p o r t u n i ty to c a r r y o u t G o d ’ s c a l l i n yo u r l i fe by
h e l p i n g yo u b e co m e f u l l y e q u i p p e d to s e r ve t h e
p re s e nt g e n e rat i o n a n d a ra p i d l y c h a n g i n g wo r l d .
T h ro u g h i t s b ro a d c u r r i c u l u m , t h e M a ste r o f A r t s i n
Re l i g i o n P ro g ra m o f fe rs st u d y i n c u r re nt t re n d s a n d
t h e a p p l i c at i o n o f b i b l i c a l a n d t h e o l o g i c a l st u d i e s
to t h e C h r i st i a n p ro c l a m at i o n . S p e c i f i c a l l y d e s i g n e d
fo r p e rs o n s a l re a d y a ct i ve i n m i n i st r y, t h i s p ro g ra m
p rov i d e s o p p o r t u n i ty fo r d i a l o g u e w i t h o t h e rs i n
m i n i st r y. At t h e u n d e rg ra d u ate l eve l , a co m p re h e n s i ve
p ro g ra m i n yo u t h m i n i st r y p rov i d e s t h e b a s i s fo r a
l i fet i m e o f s e r v i ce to te e n a g e rs . C a l l to d ay to s e e h ow
Treve cc a c a n a s s i st yo u to s e r ve yo u r wo r l d .
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PAST: informal inter-generational associations.
PRESENT: inter-generational associations.
PAST: Peer groups .
PRESENT: Peer groups more .
PAST: emphasis on formal education.
PRESENT: emphasis on formal education.
PAST: level of information.
PRESENT: of information.
PAST: Tasks were .
PRESENT: No tasks.
PAST: families (many children).
PAST: Extended families .
PRESENT: Extended families .
PAST: broken homes.
PRESENT: broken homes.
PAST: Work on home.
PRESENT: Work from home.
Where are we?
We strongly believe that there are Four Critical Factors that sit at
the root of the societal morass we find ourselves in:
Loss of networks. Sometimes I feel like this...
Loss of meaningful roles.
Loss of on-the-job training for life. » I do not know what the future
Loss of parenting resources. holds for me, but I know it’s gon-
na hurt...and it’s gonna hurt real
The Six S’s bad.
S » A job worth doing is a job worth
giving to someone other than
S » God grant me the seren-
ity to accept the things I cannot
S change, the courage to change
the things I can, and the wisdom
S to know that I really can’t do ei-
» My inner child is dead and bur-
This is the generation we must seek to be place-sharers in. The ied somewhere in my backyard.
world may not be how we like it or how we’re used to, but it is the
world we’re in.
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3 Big Rocks
Stephen Covey’s Big Rocks Demonstration
Covey had a table set up upon which there was an empty
glass jar and three other jars: one containing large rocks, one
containing small pebbles, and the last one containing sand.
He then stated that the big rocks represented our most im-
portant activities. The pebbles represented our less mean-
ingful activities and the sand represented the activities that
waste the most time. He stated that most of us focus our
attention on the small things in life and so he dumped the
pebbles into the jar. He then asked a person to come up to
the stand and fill the empty glass container with all three
materials. The person that came up put the pebbles into the
jar first and then the sand and tried unsuccessfully to put
the large rocks in the glass jar, but they would not fit.
After some general guidance from Covey and a fresh set
of supplies, the person put the big rocks into the empty jar
first and then the pebbles and finally the sand and all three
materials fit inside the jar. In fact, in another similar demon-
stration, the facilitator took it another step and put a jar of
water into the container after the sand was poured.
What Does This Demonstration Mean?
This demonstration provides a powerful metaphor with each
item representing something in your life.
Empty glass jar:
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Great minds. Great hearts. Great futures.
When it comes to outreach:
We have to teens, not just love them.
We must where they are, find common ground.
We must be in it for the haul.
Needy people are
intimidated by busy
“The real task is not to get
everything done but to live
“Relational evangelism is an
intentional way of living. It is
linked w being a mission-
ary more than anything else.
In other words, we see ours-
leves as missionaries to our
own culture. (It is the idea
behind the early Christian
hymn recorded in Philippi-
-Mike Kipp/Kenny Wade
from Being Real, p54
Who’s on your mind?
Outreach leads us directly to discipleship. In fact, Jesus
saw every person as a potential disciple. It all started
with outreach! How do we take a person who’s not in-
terested in God at all and watch them be transformed
into a true follower of God?
M John 15:5 [NIV]
”I am the vine; you are the
branches. If a man remains in
me and I in him, he w bear
M much fruit; apart from me you
can do nothing.”
Consider the following opportunities for discipleship to
occur in your everyday life:
Develop a stronger with God each
day. “...helping adolescents come
to faith and move into dis-
Clear out some time for . cipleship is not about a pro-
gram of conversion, it is nev-
Be . er about the closing the deal
or moving them forward; it is
Grow, study, pray . not about helping them “get
it” (whatever “it” might be).
Go and take someone It is only, most beautifully
in the course of ministry/mission. and powerfully, about being
together, sharing life before
Trust for the results. God and understanding that
in our shared connectionof
common humanity Christ is
-Andrew Root, p116-117
When it comes to being “family friendly” in our minis-
try, we must realize:
It’s easy to feel because we
have a lot to do already.
We are often by parents “A relational youth ministry
and family issues because we don’t feel trained, etc. should not only connect an
adolescent w ith a place-
Parents and families are our allies and we need to sharer but also help the
see teenagers within the place-sharer be a resource
of their families. to the adolescent’s family.”
-Andrew Root, p209
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generally students end up in a similar state in their re-
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Body of Christ Group Exercise
Have a volunteer read aloud 1 Cor. 12:12-30, then tell the group they’re going to accomplish a task to illustrate this
Form teams of six. Have each of the team members become one of the following body parts:
1. Eyes--can’t use arms or talk but can whisper to Mouth and listen to Ears.
2. Ears--can’t use arms or talk but can whisper to Mouth and Eyes.
3. Mouth--can’t use arms or eyes but can repeat only what Eyes and Ears whisper to do.
4. Right Arm--can use right arm only on commands from Mouth.
5. Left Arm--can use left arm only on commands from Mouth.
6. Legs--on hands and knees between Mouth’s legs and moves only on Mouth’s commands
NOTE: “Mouth#3” and “Legs#6” role maybe uncomfortable with opposite gender. Maybe best to pair up same
Have Right Arm, Ears, and Left Arm lock arms. Tell Mouth to stand behind Ears and hang onto Ears’s waist. Blindfold
everyone except Eyes. Place a candy bar on the floor about 15 feet away from the “Body.” Have the group perform
the task of picking up and unwrapping the candy bar, then feeding the candy bar to the Mouth. Each person must
fulfill his or her assigned role to accomplish this task.
Applaud the group’s efforts once it has completed the task. Discuss how each body part felt during the experi-
ence. Read aloud 1 Cor. 12:12-30 again and discuss how each part of the body is important to the success of the
body as a whole. Stay in your Body of Christ groups for discussion.
1. Big Pack Attacks
* Wednesday night, load up in cars.
* Go and kidnap people who are new or you haven’t seen in awhile, IDEAS COME
end up at a pizza place for bread sticks and coke. You call the par-
ents and warn them that you’re coming. Charge $1 to cover the TO MIND?
pizza cost. (Alternative: Kidnap teens under and end up at the
local rescue mission to serve.)
2. Give out a coupon for a coke after school, they bring a friend
with them. That way you meet their friends.
3. Go once a week for a month to where the kids in your commu-
nity hang out and just listen and observe. Pray while you’re there,
ask God to give you ideas to reach them.
1. Prayer Tour (Progressive Prayer Day)
* highest place, mountain-top prayer, local Monastery for a guided
day prayer retreat.
* nice garden, not my will but yours prayer
* school, intercessory prayer for friends, volunteer with your teens
in a local food bank.
* dark place, closet prayers
* church, altar praying for your spiritual walk
* OR mission prayer tour, school prayer tour
2. On-site Bible Study
* living water, stream
* death, cemetery
* Jesus Sea of Galilee, lake
* sin, jail
3. Schedule breakfast once a week with a teen.
-invite a guest to converse with your small group
4. Equip and Train other youth workers and teens to do what you
1. Plan a family picnic on a Sunday after church, play games.
2. Make hospital calls on family members of teenagers.
3. Remember birthdays and parents’ anniversaries.
4. Have a parent appreciation day during Sunday School or do
three parent Sunday School class.
5. Invite Parents and Family to Monthly Youth Ministry Team Lunch-
6. Invite Grandparents to explore serving on the youth ministry
Incarnation didn’t start with us. Remember your five most influen-
tial people. Christ is trying to get our attention. We’re too involved
in life and ministry. Christ is yelling “I love you. Look up here!”
Look, you’re busy doing a million things, and you don’t have time
to what you really want to do. You spend your own money on
youth group because you don’t have a youth budget. You’re tired
and sometimes at the end of your rope. But you’re the real he- 2 Timothy 1:6 [NIV]
roes. If we’ve learned anything along the journey, we’ve learned “For this reason I remind you to
that God would say to you now, “With Me, you’re enough!” You fan into flame the gift of God,
might feel inadequate but with Christ’s help, all things are pos-
which is in you through the lay-
sible. Christ in you is more than enough.
ing on of my hands.”
Remember, youth ministry is a .
You’re not called to be successful, you’re called to be faithful. And
if you’ll just hang in there, God will bring the harvest.
It’s not about doing ; it’s about . . .
We hope you don’t walk away from here today feeling that you’ve
got to do more, have more programs. Youth ministry isn’t about
being successful, achieving more and more. It’s about being faith-
ful. Sticking by the stuff. It’s hard to do but you can stay with it
because . . .
Something is than nothing.
Don’t look at the big churches with 4,000 activities a week. That’s
not really youth ministry--that’s more like a high-energy recre- “The beginning of being real
ation program. What you’re doing--loving one kid at a time--is is the practice of recognizing
youth ministry. In fact, your presence alone makes a huge differ- each person as someone who
ence! is created in the image of God.
In many ways our relationships
You make the . at their best are the image of
It’s not about getting paid to hang out with kids. It’s about doing
God in me recongizing the
something significant that will make a much greater impact on a
kid’s life. image of God in you. Dietrich
Bonhoeffer implies in his book,
Your ministry is a of your walk with Jesus. Life T ogether, that it’s never
You can’t give away something that you don’t possess. 2 Timothy just you and me. The way we
1:6 tells us that we are to fan into flame the gift of God which is in relate is always me and you
us. And that gift is the spirit of Christ, compassion, love, patience, and Jesus.”
gentleness, kindness, self-control, etc. You make the difference. -Mike Kipp/Kenny Wade, p67-
Thank you for serving Christ. 68
Remember that one kid God brought to your mind at the begin-
ning of the day? The one whose name you wrote down across the
picture? Think about him/her right now. What’s God calling you to
be for that kid right now?
Remember, you are enough with Christ’s help.
+ They Like Jesus But Not The Church (Dan Kimball)
+ God at the Mall (Pete Ward)
+ Contemplative Youth Ministry (Mark Yaconelli)
+ Being Real (Mike Kipp & Kenny Wade)
+ Presence Centered Youth Ministry (Mike King)
+ Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry (Andrew Root)
+ HURT (Chap Clark)
+ Ties That Stress (David Elkind)
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