Making Your Relationship with Your Teen a Priority

by Mark Gregston

My foray into the world of teens came as a result of working for a ministry that focused primarily on teens—and having relationships with them.  It was interesting to me as I moved on to work with other ministries over the years, that complaints would come in that I was too heavily focused on developing relationships, and not heavy enough in developing spiritual rituals.  Fast-forward forty years later, and we’ve come to understand that relationships are the foundation for everything.  Recall what the apostle Paul said: We were ready to share with you not only the Gospel of God, but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.  And we’ve found out that one of the most important things we can do is to cultivate an authentic relationship with our kids. 

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