Is it possible that the reason for my continued struggle to empower adult volunteers to do relational ministry is me? Could I be the main impingement point that holds back a team of people from doing relational ministry with lost teens? In Ephesians 4:11-12 it says, "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up." It seems to clearly declare my role as a leader in evangelism as one who equips others to do ministry.Too often I am overly concerned with how I will spend my days and how I will do ministry with teens. I forget that one of my main roles is to help others succeed in making connections with teens.

What if the ministry rotated less around me and more around a team of committed adults? What if I spent more time taking volunteers with me to help them catch the vision of relational ministry instead of just doing it by myself? What if I carefully stepped out of the way as adult volunteers made real connections with teens? What if I treated each adult volunteer as a minister of the Gospel called by God? 

Well, I think these kinds of shifts could move me from the center... a good thing! It might be the very change that elevates a team of people who are treated with deep value, equipped to do the ministry, and empowered at every turn to lead the way. And better yet, this shift could actually help us reach more teens with the Good News.  Lord, change my perspective and my habits so that I might help others move into relational ministry with teens.  Father, I need to move out of the way... Amen.   

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