When it comes to ministry, I think that if we could get this ONE THING right, we would be able to make a HUGE difference. If we could make relationships a priority, we would create community....community is what people long for and are so often lacking.
The pace at which ministry happens is so overwhelming that, as pastors, we often overlook the importance of just BEING with people.....learning their names and their stories. I've determined to do better in this one area.
People want to be known. Are they known by my ministry? Here are some questions that got me thinking about how relational my ministry is.
- Do we know their name?
- Do we know their story?
- Are they missed if they're not here?
- How do we communicate to them that they're known?
How about my KidMin Team? One of the best ways I can build a healthy team of leaders it to develop a sense of community....to allow everyone to feel they belong and matter.
- Do they know that I know them?
- Are they comfortable coming to me with needs they may have?
- Do they seek my advice/leadership when they have questions because they know they will be heard and valued?
How about you? How important do you think relationships are in ministry? What do you do to intentionally develop them?