NYI Talk: One on One Relationships

Much of youth ministry is dependent upon building authentic one-on-one relationships with students. However, if we’re honest, some of us feel more comfortable in group settings than one-on-one interactions. Northwest District NYI President, Billy Buisman, shares some of his thoughts about building one-on-one relationships and empowering students to take ownership in the larger church.

Spend some time reflecting on the questions below as an individual, or as a team, in light of your ministry context. Want to share your thoughts with the larger NYI community? Use #NYITalk on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to start the conversation.


  1. Are you comfortable in one-on-one relationships? Why or why not?
  2. How have you structured your leadership team to make the most out of one-on-one interactions?
  3. How does your ministry foster or inhibit one-on-one relationships?
  4. What strengths do your students have that your whole church can benefit from?
  5. How can your church create opportunities for students to take on responsibilities outside of the youth ministry?

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