Relational Authority

Because of the timing of my posts and my bi-weekly newsletter, I rarely get to tell you about something that is upcoming – I’m usually talking about things that happened a few days or weeks ago. Today is different. On October 16th this research report will be released. You can get the digital download for free at this link or purchase a paper copy (my plan) from Amazon for less than $10.

I’ve been following them for a little while now, and found the research to be intriguing and transformational. They did a webinar a few weeks back that was packed full of information. I was only able to be on for the first half, but found myself taking screenshots of almost every slide. They have a recording available if you want to watch.

If you are a youth minister, this is a must see. If you’re a pastor who wants to engage with young people, this is a must see. If you’re a parishioner who’s ever thought “were are all the young faces?”, this is a must see.

Today I watched the video “What is Relational Authority?” Check it out (it’s less than 90 seconds) … I’ll wait while you watch.

This is the image that really struck me about half way through. Identifying how we can integrate relationship building with the sharing of expertise. If our goal is to engage young people in the faith and build the future generation of faithful Catholics (which I think we’re all on board with), then we need to meet them where they are. It’s as simple as that. This is not an option, it’s a necessity.

All five components are necessary. None are dispensable. I’d even argue that this model can be applied to anyone we are mentoring or leading in a parish setting. These are human needs. They aren’t optional. I hope you’ll plan to read the report with me when it comes out. I’ll be sharing info that strikes me as we go!

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