5 surprisingly simple reasons your church may not be growing

As a former church planter, current traveling evangelist and lifelong student of church growth strategies, I'm convinced that there are 5 big reasons many churches never experience the right kind of growth.

I use the phrase "right kind of growth" because church growth that benefits from sucking other church members out of smaller congregations in the area is not ideal. Sure, it does and will happen, but the optimal brand of church growth happens when new disciples are being made and multiplied by the members of that church.

Having preached in tons of churches across the nation and having personally interviewed hundreds of pastors and thousands of youth pastors I'm convinced there are at least 5 big reasons why your church may not be experiencing significant growth.

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My love/hate relationship with life on the road

People often ask me how often I travel. My standard answer is "a lot."

As a traveling evangelist and the primary spokesperson for Dare 2 Share, I'm in planes, trains and automobilies much of the time...well, not trains (it just sounded good.)

While many people hate travel, I don't. I'm kinda wired for it.

But I don't love everything about traveling. If I'm honest there are a few things I do hate when it comes to criss-crossing this nation for the sake of the gospel.

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Why I'm sending a group of teens to the "I'm Not Ashamed" movie (and why  you should too!)

This weekend the Rachel Scott story is unpacked in the emotionally riveting and spiritually challenging I'm Not Ashamed movie

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Youth Ministry needs a better kind of mission trip

I believe in the power of a great mission trip to inspire teenagers to serve the poor, reach the lost and do some good. Over the years I have seen the impact mission trips have on teenagers, including my 15 year old son, both emotionally and spiritually. Just getting an affluenct (compared-to-most-of-the-world) American teenager in the grit and grime of an underdeveloped country is often enough to change his/her perspective for a life time.

While I believe in the power of a mission trip to impact a teenager I am also convinced that youth ministry needs a better kind of mission trip for the investment. Every summer, millions of dollars are raised for mission trip type endeavors. And I fully believe that many (if not most) mission trips fail to make a maximum impact, both on the teenagers and they people they are serving.

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10 super lame excuses for not sharing the Gospel

1.  "I don't have the gift of evangelism."

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5 Reasons you and your team should attend the "Riding The Rhino" One Day event this year

Last week we finished our first One Day youth leader training in Denver. It was a spiritually powerful and immensely practical event that prepared youth leaders from across Colorado to build a youth ministry that makes a difference for eternity. Here are 5 reasons you and your team should attend the One Day closest to you!

1.  Riding the Rhino is a powerful (and fun) picture of the kingdom of God advancing through your youth ministry.

As Matthew 11:12 reminds us, "The kingdom of God is forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it"...and hold on for the ride of their lives!

These One Day events are held on Saturdays from 9:30-3:30 in cities across the nation and they are super fun. The idea of a charging rhino carries the day, and it will carry you and your team into strategic discussions you'd never imagine. 

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10 Big, Biblical reasons Christian teenagers should just say "NO" to smoking marijuana

I live in the state of Colorado. Ten years ago we were known for being "Broncos" country (yes!), ski country (yes!) and hunting/hiking/fishing country (yes! yes! yes!)

Now we are known for all of that plus being one of the four "stoner states" where marijuana is legal for recreational use (Boo!)

As a lifelong Colorado resident, I'm not happy about that. In my opinion, we have exchanged some of our swagger as a tough state for one that prefers Doritos and doobies. And, as the Founder of a ministry that is committed to reaching teenagers with the hope of Jesus Christ, I'm very concerned about that. 

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Dare 2 Share Live!

On September 23, 2017 we will, by God's grace, be launching something unprecedented in our history as a ministry... Dare 2 Share Live! This national, live, multi-site catalytic outreach event will be prayerfully and strategically designed to spark a movement of spiritual conversations across the nation, primarily through teenagers.

Our prayer is to have this one-of-a-kind event in 50+ locations from coast to coast on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Dare 2 Share Live will be unique for several reasons. 

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#FastingFridays: What will you give up so you can step up to pray for the next generation?

"God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him.” Jim Cymbala

 It’s time we fast and pray for the next generation! I think it was my friend Daryl Nuss (with The National Network of Youth Ministries) who first introduced me to the concept of “Fasting Fridays” for the next generation. He and others were committed to giving something up so they could step up their prayers for a spiritual awakening among teenagers.


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4 reasons you should stop complaining about the church and just go!

I just came from a Bible study full of leaders from around the Denver area. This gathering was not organized through a local church but through a Christian business leader. It was a great time of fellowship, learning and conversation.

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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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