Relational Needs

Just like we need air, food, water, and sleep we all have relational needs

Take the free Relational Needs inventory to see what your top 3 relational needs are and how those might look for you

Get to know a few of the
Top 10 Relational Needs

Appreciation

The need for appreciation is met by expressing thanks, praise, or commendation, particularly in recognition of someone's accomplishments or efforts.

"I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you" (1 Corinthians 11:2).

Acceptance

The need for acceptance is met by receiving others willingly and unconditionally (even when their behavior has been imperfect) and loving them in spite of any differences that may exist between you.

"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:7).

Attention

The need for attention is met by conveying appropriate interest, concern, and care. Addressing this need requires us to take notice of others and make an effort to enter into their respective worlds.

"But that the members of the body may have the same care for one another" (1 Corinthians 12:25).

Respect

The need for respect is met by valuing one another highly, treating one another as important, and honoring one another with our words and actions. 

"Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10).

"Show proper respect to everyone" (1 Peter 2:17).

Resource on the Relational Needs

Top 10 Relational Needs Workbook

In this resource, you’ll learn about the most important intimacy needs and how they can be met. 
You’ll learn what it sounds like to meet the need of attention, what it looks like to show support and how impacting it can be when we meet the need of comfort. 
You’ll learn how God has met these needs for each of us and then discover the rich potential of relationships when we meet these same needs in the lives of one another. 
At the end of each chapter you will find discussion questions and suggestions for practical application – ideas which can enhance any friendship, marriage or family.
  • A great follow up for an Intimate Encounters marriage class or small group.
  • Perfect for partner and small group experiences.
  • Ideal introduction to relationship principles for anyone hoping to deepen the connections among friends, family and ministry settings.