What if our ministries touched peoples lives in the most relevant and meaningful ways?
What if your ministry played an important part in bringing someone into a saving relationship with God?
And as a result, that person became a good friend, someone you look forward to seeing each week?
And you become so close that you consider them to be a brother or sister?
The Elders would like us all to have this exciting experience.
BUT HOW? How can we significantly impact those around us in such a way that it changes lives for eternity?
A Relationship Ladder represents the steps in a journey; a journey that takes us from where we are and leads us step-by-step into a deep, meaningful relationship with God.
Right now, the Elders are working to build Relationship Ladders. We are identifying commonly held interests, and commonly felt pain-points. These interest and pain-points are the significant thoughts and feelings that occupy our minds each and every day.
Once an “Interest/Pain-Point” (IPP) group has been identified we work with various ministry leaders to create a step-by-step path of opportunities that lead members of the IPP group into a closer relationship with God and with the church family. We want there to be many Relationship Ladders for lots of different IPP groups.
Perhaps the best way to understand the Relationship Ladders is through an example: Vacation Bible School is a great initial opportunity, but what happens after it’s over? What if we shared with the kids how much fun Pathfinders and Adventurers is, and offered them the opportunity to join? And after that perhaps a Mother’s Day Out for the parents? And then some parenting classes? And then a Pathfinder Sabbath with Fellowship lunches. At the lunch, parents are invited to join a small-group study. Then, at some point, we offer Bible studies. This is how a Relationship Ladder works. For everything we do, we should be ready to offer a next step.
The ultimate goal of each Relationship Ladder is to lead those around us into a relationship with God and the church family, and to eventual discipleship and ministry involvement.
We would like you to be a part of this – to join the Relationship Ladder team. If you feel that you would like to be part of a team that impacts others in profound and eternal ways, please download The Relationship Ladder Framework and The Relationship Ladder Methodology. Read through these documents and then talk to the Elders about how you can be a part of the journey that brings people into companionship with God.
As we move forward, we will share with you case studies of various Relationship Ladders and their results.