The Young Life website says the following about "contact work"...
Contact work is a simple principle modeled by Christ and "rediscovered" more than 60 years ago when a handful of men and women who were developing Young Life's methods began showing up at games, practices and local hangouts so they could get to know kids. Contact work is about building relationships and earning the trust and friendship of teenagers.
Contact work is also lifestyle, not just a technique. "You are there to care for people for the sake of Christ," says one veteran Young Life staff person. "These relationships are not accidental or coincidental. They are ordained by God."
Jesus spent His earthly ministry looking for and connecting with the lost and hurting. His life set the standard for how we should reach teenagers through the ministry of Young Life — up close and personal. Every leader will have their own techniques for doing contact work based on who they are and what their kids enjoy.
So my question is: if I just spent about a hour on facebook "talking" to 3 different kids, is that contact work?! :)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Posted by Heather and Matt Troxell at 9:44 PM