I have been the student pastor in Lexington for a year now, and we have not been able to purchase a home yet. Recently, the church has put us up into the mission house. This is a huge blessing considering we have a baby girl coming in a couple of weeks, and it will be nice to finally have a home instead of a room.
We moved in this past weekend, and we had some students over to watch the Heat/Mavs game in which the Mavs beat the Heat. I was so thankful the Heat and their egos were demolished by Dirk! Okay, I am getting off subject. Back to the students and the reason I am writing this post. I am convinced the best relationships are built in the home. Students need to feel comfortable at your house. They need to feel welcomed at your home. I finally felt that last night! We were able to strengthen our relationships with a few students. Now, I feel they will want to come back at some point. It was just a great night of hanging out with some awesome students!
Youth pastor, if your students have not been in your home, they need to get there. They need to see you in your element!