Today I am writing over at Called to Youth Ministry about entering your student's world. For 5 tips on how to build healthy relationships with your youth in their world please visit Called to Youth Ministry.
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Why is it important to get to know your students?
Mostly, because God has entrusted them to you. If you are in youth ministry, whether you're the pastor or a volunteer, God has give you sheep to shepherd. The best way for a shepherd to take care of his sheep is to know their needs. The same applies to youth ministry; if you know what you're students need you'll be able to take care of them. And to know their needs you need to get to know them personally.
Make the investment, take the time to care. It might be messy, it might take a sacrifice, but in the end it will be worth it.
"Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying 'One sows and another reaps' is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor." John 4:36-38 NIV
You may not be the one who reaps the benefit of your investment, but someone will. You may not even see the benefits that your time has brought, but God will. Continue to invest, continue to get to know them, because in the end it will be worth it.