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YouLead May: Relationships Matter for Faith Development

Orange Leaders
Orange Leaders Thursday May 10, 2012
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Every month in YouLead, we provide you with email copy that you can use to inform, invest, encourage, and praise your volunteers and staff. Following is an example of the emails we write for your use and encourage you to send out on a weekly basis. Click here if you’d like to try out a free month of YouLead.

Building relationships is much easier when children and students are in a small group setting. Young people need significant adults in their lives, and it is one of the main predictor’s of faith growth and development among adolescents, according to sociologist Christian Smith and Princeton professor Kenda Creasy Dean.

Recent research conducted by Erika Knuth at Fuller Youth Institute also found that relationships significantly matter for faith development in young people, especially when adults intentionally focus on how children and students can apply their faith to everyday life.

As leaders at [insert church name], your focus and intentionality with a small group of children or students each week is making a huge difference in their lives. You’re a living example for them of how to actively live out their faith. Thank you for being a significant piece in the faith development of our young people—you’re a difference maker and we appreciate you!

Developed by Orange, YouLead is a simple curriculum designed to develop the leadership skills of yourself, your team and your volunteers. It centers on answering three basic questions: What can I do to continue learning as a leader? How can I be intentional about connecting with my volunteers consistently? What can we do to stay on the same page as a team? We do this by creating materials that can be digested in 20 easy minutes a week. Click here to learn more about a subscription to YouLead.

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