The same is true in life. We can tell students how God wants them to live, but if we don't show them personally, they will struggle to apply the things we teach. Teach by doing, then by telling.
I have found this statement to be true in my life and I believe this is why Jesus trained the disciples through relationship, not lecture alone:
Teaching does not always mean personal growth. Relationships activate growth naturally.
All people have something they are passionate about.
- Helping others
- Social Justice
- Feeding the hungry
Alliance Students desires to direct and enhance passions toward the glory of Jesus to bring about transformation in students.
We believe that directing passions toward the glory of Jesus is the heartbeat of transformation. The message of the Bible is redemption. Passions come from God. Where we fall short in our favorite work/activities is when we often do them for ourselves (to make a profit, to gain prestige, etc.). Our goal would be to help students be the best at what they love to do, which means enhancing their skills and directing them to do _________ for Jesus.
Jesus lead his few followers by combining instruction and assignment. Basically:
Tell them how. Let them do. Always follow up.
It wasn't always in that order, but you get the point. We want to make students better people. Connecting with what they love is the door, directing them to Jesus is the process.