But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:27 NIV)
Barnabas is the perfect example of relational learners. Whether it was championing the cause of Saul/Paul or standing by John Mark, Barnabas cared and encouraged people. Relational learners are drawn to people and want to encourage and interact. They are keen observers of others, love to talk, and make lots of friends. How are you engaging them in your class? Here are some ideas:
Allow them to be the spokesperson for small group activities. As mentioned in another blog, reflective learners need activities in small groups of three or four to talk. They, however, may be anxious about sharing the results to the class. When the small group reports back to the class as a whole, the relational learners would be excellent to lead the discussion.
Encourage them to be care group leaders. Relational learners are natural at caring for others. Set up care groups in your class, and relational learners will be the best to be leaders. (If you don’t have the organizational chart about setting up care groups, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send the document to you.)
Relational learners make great outreach leaders. Every small group bible study needs someone to lead out in reaching new people. Every class needs an outreach leader. Relational learners are already meeting new people. Put them in charge of meeting new people with the intention of getting new people in your class.
Relational learners make great Fellowship/Social coordinators. They keenly observe others and discover the things they enjoy. The fellowship leader is responsible to set up a social once a quarter to meet social needs of the class. Why not let your most gifted class members at relating to people be in charge of socials? They will keep in mind the interests of the class as they plan.