We like being connected. At a deeper level, we need to be connected. But is it as simple as having many friends and/or connections and/or followers online? That may be a part of it, but always, we will need more. I guess that’s why online groups and communities spring up; some open to anyone, some closed and only for a particular group. Having myriads of connections simply does not cut it.We want, make that we need more.
One of the things I say in Youth Ministry in a Technological Age is that “Substantial relationships are necessary to our being. . . . God has made us in such a way that we need God and each other. . . we need to relate to each other in ways that are genuine and life-giving. Membership in a significant community is a necessary part of how we come to know ourselves and how we grow.”
Many students come to our ministries seeking significant relationships, meaningful connections. How significant are the communities of our student ministries for faith development? What do you see?
Loving God, Loving Neighbor