In this day and age when teaching, updates and the like can be sent out and distributed so easily via on-line tools and services it is easy to question the value of Youth With A Mission conferences and gatherings. Shouldn’t the money and time that we put into gatherings and conferences be put towards fulfilling the mission?
The reason why gatherings and conferences are so valuable in YWAM can be sumerised in one word:
One of the foundational values of Youth With A Missions has to do specifically with relationships:
13. BE RELATIONSHIP-ORIENTED
YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.
So while we are busy fulfilling the mission that God has called us to in missions we must not forget the value and importance of the relationships with the people that God has brought into our lives. If you avoid or are removed from these YWAM relationships you can lead yourself down the road to burnout, which is what happened to me last year and I talk about in the latest episode of my podcast.
How do you see the value of being relationship oriented being lived out in your life and ministry?
The above video was produced for the YWAM European Leaders Gathering 2013.