Books can be super helpful—
Blogs can generate lots of new ideas—
Barna can give you all the research and statistics…
But lots of times, we’d much rather just know someone who can help us.
It’s amazing how much simpler it is for us to text a friend in ministry, or call up an old classmate to find out how they raised all that money than to surf through all those pages and chapters for an idea that’ll work in our church.
Research is great, and there are lots of Student Ministry resources literally right at our fingertips, but there’s no greater asset to you in ministry than the people who serve in the trenches with you. We need each other!
The apostle Paul in Philippians 2:20 said of his protégé Timothy, “I have no one quite like him, who is loyal and genuinely concerned for you!” (MSG)
We each need those kinds of relationships in ministry—loyal people who understand the dynamics of serving others, and demonstrate concern for our well-being. They have great ideas, and formative experiences, and similar callings, and we need to be intentional about forming meaningful relationships with those leaders, especially those in our own movement!