A fantastic YL team leader recently told me, “I stopped asking my YL team about contact work because they are sick about me asking them about it… mostly since they don’t do it.” If you’ve been following along my series on contact work, you may have navigated the obstacles of 1) spiritual challenges, 2) timing challenges, 3) fear challenges… hopefully contact work is improving, but how do we keep it going? Here are a couple ideas regarding accountability and contact work:
1. Define Contact Work
Unfortunately, contact work can be vague, or “gray”, not black or white. If I text a kid is that contact work? If I give a kid a ride to club and we chat for a little while is that contact work? If I see them at their work, but I was already going there anyway, is that contact work? In my opinion, yes to all. But, I think each team needs to define contact work. In general, I think it is interacting with students outside of a planned meeting (and always working to meet new people).
2. Make a Commitment to Contact Work
In our area we have a leader covenant that includes a weekly commitment to contact work. We ask people to pray about their commitment before they make it. We believe contact work is one of the ways we fulfill our calling to be ambassadors of Christ and of the great commission, so contact work is not a commitment to “Young Life”, but to our calling from God’s word. (PS Please keep doing “contact work” when the Lord calls you into different ministries after your season in Young Life. It is not a just a YL thing, it is a Bible thing.)