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Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation

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"In an age where teenagers are deeply engaged in virtual communities and social networks, they’re still feeling alone and isolated. It may sound all too simple, but the truth is that you have the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of students with the simple act of spending time with them, one-on-one.

Whether you’re a volunteer or the lead youth pastor, getting some students to open up and share their lives can be a challenge. In this practical book you’ll learn the importance of connecting with ...

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Overview

"In an age where teenagers are deeply engaged in virtual communities and social networks, they’re still feeling alone and isolated. It may sound all too simple, but the truth is that you have the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of students with the simple act of spending time with them, one-on-one.

Whether you’re a volunteer or the lead youth pastor, getting some students to open up and share their lives can be a challenge. In this practical book you’ll learn the importance of connecting with students on an individual basis and get helpful ideas on how to engage a variety of students in meaningful dialogue. You’ll explore and learn more about connecting with six different types of students, including:

• The “No Way” Kid
• The “Not Interested” Kid
• The “Checking Things Out Kid”
• The “Stagnant” Kid
• The “Growing” Kid
• The “Looking for Ministry” Kid

Connect will walk you through the steps to lead you into relationships with students that go beyond the youth room and impact them into adulthood."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310287773
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 12/4/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,157,306
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Mc Kee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of numerous books including Ministry By Teenagers, Connect, and the award winning book Do They Run When They See You Coming? Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and school assemblies, all while providing free resources for youth workers on his website, www.The Source4 YM.com.

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Table of Contents

Section 1 Connecting Through Real Relationships

Chapter 1 The impact of One-on-One 12

Chapter 2 Priority One in Youth Ministry 22

Chapter 3 The One-on-One Intentions Debate 34

Chapter 4 Connecting with Six Types of Students One-on-One 46

Section 2 Connecting With Outreach Students

Chapter 5 One-on-One with the No-Way Kid 64

Chapter 6 One-on-One with the Not-Interested Kid 84

Chapter 7 One-on-One with the Checking-Things-Out Kid 98

Chapter 8 What Connecting with Outreach Students Looks Like 110

Section 3 Connecting With Discipleship Students

Chapter 9 One-on-One with the Stagnant Kid 126

Chapter 10 One-on-One with the Growing Kid 144

Chapter 11 One-on-One with the Looking-for-Ministry Kid 160

Chapter 12 What Connecting with Discipleship Students Looks Like 172

Section 4 Connecting As A Way Of Life And Ministry

Chapter 13 One-on-One Precautions and Boundaries 178

Chapter 14 Instilling the Value of One-on-One in Your Ministry

Appendices

Appendix A Sample Study: Jesus' Encounters with People 217

Appendix B The six-Types-of Students Chart 221

Appendix C Questions That Help Break the Ice 222

Appendix D React Cards 225

Appendix E Volunteer Expectations 226

Endnotes 228

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