A good friend recently said, "Invested Ministry is basically relational ministry on steroids. It takes all Christian ministry to a whole level of commitment few will choose to follow." His understanding of Invested Ministry is correct but I pray that his understanding of the Christian community is shallow. Jim Warren
". . . The Scripture conveys not only the "what" but also the "how." We tend to look at Scriptures as merely containing the content of the gospel and the commensurate lifestyle. But also embedded in the story of the good news is instruction and modeling of the means we are to use to ensure its transmission into the lives of the next generation. My fundamental assumption is that we have less of a message problem today than we do a method problem." Greg Ogden
"It takes several if not dozens of consistently supportive and encouraging messages to counteract the effects of systemic abandonment. By far the best way to help our young is by being a chorus of support and a choir of commitment" (Chap Clark). DLD recognizes that the old adage of one mentor per youth is a myth. It takes at least three to five solid connections within the context of community to make a difference. The one place where genuine community should exist in a transformative and supportive model is the local church.