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January 27th, 2010

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Guest: Allyson Evans

It’s All About Relationships

My daughter was explaining to me how she MUST be on the cheer squad because this particular team is going to win the State Championship again next year.  Now, this is the same squad that consistently has girl drama and weekly battles between the team members.  I assured her that ten years from now when she looks back on her life to reference the things that shaped her into a wonderful adult role model, she would not include being on a State Championship squad… or attending a particular school or having a particular experience.  Instead, her list would include the relationships she has with her family, her interactions with friends, teachers, coaches, mentors and most importantly, her relationship with Jesus.  It’s not what we’ve experienced that determines who we are, it’s the relationships we’ve cultivated.

As we lead the next generation, it is crucial that, as the church, we help connect young people in relationships that are meaningful and move them down the path in their spiritual development.  We must show parents the importance of their role as spiritual leaders to their children and encourage them to deepen those relationships.  We should provide tools and resources for families, so they are equipped to lead Christ centered homes. Parents will begin to see for themselves that they can leverage their influence to help their children choose a strong circle of friends, a wise mentor and a bold accountability partner.  The kids who come from these homes will be sure of who God is, certain of who they are in Christ, and convinced they can impact the world.

If the church and family truly operate with that sort of focus on the emerging generation, what will our world look like in ten years?

So what are some of the ways you are leading the next generation?

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  1. Jan 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Last week I got to hear Reggie Joiner speak at an Orange Tour event. I loved how well he articulated that we can’t just shove everything off to the parents. Our role as church leaders will be so important to motivate, encourage, support, resource, and pour into parents. It’s a big job. And even many good, solid, well-intentioned parents can be paralyzed by the high-stakes of it all. It will take a truly “Orange” effort to really answer the call to bringing the next generation into a relationship with Christ. Thanks for leading the way!

  2. 2Colt Johnson
    Jan 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The driving force in my life is leading the next generation to have an authentic relationship with Christ. So, for me, I took a step back and saw that I could have the most impact leading and discipling the type of role models and mentors we want leading the next generation. Helping them to see the impact they will have on these students as they build relationships and show them the love of Christ. Connecting these types of leaders with families will have such a HUGE impact on the next generation! Someone should write a book about this! ; p

  3. 3Jeanne Oakley
    Jan 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    We cultivate the next generation by hosting a weekly teen group of unchurched kids. God opened partnerships within our local churches and YMCA and we use free OPEN resources from LifeChurch’s Switch and Loop youth series. The next generation is so hungry for truth and we feel the church has a great privilege and awesome responsibility to lead youth to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Our communities are hurting, and the kids are no exception. We are grateful to belong to a church that blazes new trails to reach the lost… it’s inspiring.

  4. 4Allyson Evans
    Jan 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Jeanne I’m so glad that you are using the OPEN resources. You’re right about the hurt and pain that kids are dealing with. I praise God for folks like you who are out in the community, building relationships with kids and providing an example of a Christ like life.