Much of the service we provide in the name of compassion is done transactionally vs. relationally. A recent journey to Big Bend National Park with Community First! friends Mike & Ellis (see picture) yielded significant ROI in our friendship. Mike & Ellis have been friends for years, but 3 days on a journey to Big Bend took our relationship to another level of intimacy. Time spent traveling, gazing at the stars, sharing meals, hiking together and simply being present with each other strengthened our friendship and proved invaluable toward building trust.
Here are a few distinctions between a transactional approach to ministry and a relational approach:
A biblical example of the relational approach to ministry is found in Luke 19: When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” (Luke 19:5)
Jesus modeled what a relational approach to ministry looks like. Granted, there were elements of the transactional approach to His ministry. The overwhelming appeal of Jesus, however, was the consistent manner in which He personally engaged people calling them to a higher purpose… while the crowds clamored for His attention.
Please pray that God, through the ministry of His Spirit, would provide numerous relational opportunities through The Gathering at Community First. Thank you for supporting The Gathering as a Christ-centered mission.
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