4 warning signs your youth ministry may be headed for trouble (and what you can do about it!)

Every year I have the awesome privilege of connecting face-to-face with thousands of youth leaders across the country. During this time I have had several gut-level conversations with youth leaders and have noticed a pattern in the majority of youth ministries that are headed for trouble. There are at least 4 clear warning signs.

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How to inspire apathetic teenagers

For the last 24 years, I've been training teenagers to live and share the Gospel. The biggest challenge I've faced with many teenagers (and even some youth leaders) is spiritual apathy.

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Bringing revival to the church sanctuary through the youth room

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him."  1 Corinthians 1:27-29

What if it's God's plan to bring revival to the church sanctuary through the youth room? What if it's God's strategy to use those sitting at the "kiddie table" to transform those at the big one?

What if?

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3 reasons you should give the Gospel in every sermon

Giving the Gospel in every sermon may seem like a no-brainer to some preachers and a "Whaaaaat?" to others but I am convinced it's beyond crucial. The night before Jesus died he performed the first communion service with his disciples which served as a relentless reminder to his disciples to gospelize their services. Any unbeliever who stumbled into an early church service, at the very minimum, saw and heard the Gospel given during communion time.

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With over 300,000 churches in America do we really need more church plants?

Right now, there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division (300,000 divided by 50 states) and that's an average of 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches!

Think about it this way: There are 12,000(ish) Starbucks and well over 300,000 churches! So Starbucks can saturate the United States with caffeinated drinks, but almost 30 times more churches can’t saturate the United States with the Living Water. Seriously???

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Did you recognize the Woman at the Well today?

On Wednesday I posted a Tweet that read, "A TSA agent just collapsed in my arms crying when she found out I ministered to teens. She has a wayward grandson. We prayed right there." It must of struck a nerve because there was a lot of chatter about it afterward.

It got me to thinking about all of the hurting people who pass by us every day without us recognizing them as God-given opportunities.

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5 Ways to Teach your Teens to Pray

If I could get in a time machine and go back to teenaged Greg I'd tell him one thing...learn how to pray.

Sadly, it took me about four decades to begin to truly discover the power of prayer. Once I did, it felt like for the majority of my life I'd been throwing dirt clods at Satan only to discover there was a bazooka in the closet.

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Using "The (Donald) Trump Card" in Evangelism

"What do you think of Donald Trump?"

Okay, I don't really care to know, and I definitely have my own opinion...but that's not what this blog is all about. 

What it is about is how such a lightning rod subject Donald Trump is and how easy it is to use him as a Gospel conversation starter. Because EVERYONE seems to have an opinion about him and many are just itching to express it.

 So how do you use this "Trump card" when it comes to evangelism? 

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The Root of the Answer to Every Great Humanitarian Crisis is...

Check the news lately? There’s one common theme threaded throughout the news channels of our world: Issues. Some of these issues have proposed solutions and some of them have yet to receive solutions. When it comes to humanitarian crisis, I believe that the gospel message is at the root of the answer to every great humanitarian crisis on the planet.

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Don't waste your life doing youth ministry

You've seen the statistics and heard the horror stories.

Many (if not most) teenagers abandon the church after they graduate from high school. The Biblical literacy of Christian teenagers is spiraling downward and the passion for all things worldly skyrocketing upward. Families are more broken. Teenagers are more apathetic. Youth ministry is more difficult.

So don't waste your life doing youth ministry.

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About Me

Hi, I'm Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries. On this blog I share personal experiences about life, ministry, and how we are mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. I would love to connect with you. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook or join a move of God at Dare 2 Share.

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