"Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, 'Come to bed with me!' But he refused." Genesis 39:7,8
As a former preaching pastor and current student of the Word, I have to say that I deeply appreciate pastors, especially lead pastors. They set the pace for the entire church and, if they lead and love well, can be truly used by God to advance his kingdom in the communities in which they are planted.
I ended up letting go of the pastorate to work full time to reach teenagers with the Gospel. It was a hard but necessary choice. On July 4th, 1999, I resigned my position at Grace Church (where my life-long friend Rick Long is leading this church to shake an entire city for Christ!) to equip teenagers to advance the Gospel and mobilize youth leaders to build Gospel Advancing ministries full time through Dare 2 Share.
Why did I give up the security and stability of preaching to adults week in and week out to travel the country and train youth leaders and teenagers? Why would I subject myself and my family to the endless stress that comes from trying to raise money and help lead a non-profit?
1. It gives people true hope in a world that is full of hopelessness (Romans 5:5.)
3. It helps people know they were made for a divine purpose (Ephesians 2:10.)
In youth ministry (or most any ministry for that matter) getting the right volunteers is key. In a low-funded, big-vision ministry world, getting the best volunteers to join you on your quest is absolutely non-negotiable.
Last night at 5:30 pm MST we wrapped up attending our first Global Leadership Summit. Since then I've been reflecting on this two day leadership training conference, put on by Bill Hybels and his top notch crew at the Willow Creek Association. To put words to thoughts I decided to write a quick blog to give you my candid review of the experience.
1. Spend time praying that God will give you the right passage(s) to preach.
2. Exegete the needs of the audience before you exegete the meaning of the text.
3. Soak yourself in the passage(s) you are going to preach. Ask God through his Holy Spirit to reveal to you the meaning, main point and some powerful insights.
After the Columbine High School massacre on April 20,1999, I was forever changed. Because I knew a lot of teenagers at this school, I was determined to do what I could do to prevent future shootings. So I launched full time into Dare 2 Share because I believed (and still do) that teenagers can reach the bad, the broken, the bullied and the bullies with the lasting hope that only Jesus can offer them.
Teenagers come to Christ quicker and spread the gospel faster. That’s why I’m excited about Dare 2 Share Live, a single day of coast-to-coast gospel conversations led by a generation of Jesus loving, on-fire-for-God, ready-to-serve-their-cities teenagers.
How do you share the Gospel with those around you in a clear and compelling way ? This four minute crash course will give you all of the basic tools you need to begin.
1. Playing fun games is actually part of their job description.
2. Teenagers come to Christ quicker and spread the Gospel faster than adults.
3. They get to watch teenagers spiritually mature in surprising and powerful ways.
Our bags have been packed and we are waiting for our ride to the airport. Once there we will fly to Vegas to hang out with our dear family friends from Switzerland (and see some kind of cirque du soleil show) before we make the 4.5 hour drive to San Diego to have our "official" family vacation.