#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.

Brilliant!

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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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How can teens use SnapChat, Instagram and other social media platforms as peer-to-peer evangelism tools?

I've been praying and thinking about how to best use SnapChat and Instagram as tools for teenagers to share their faith. I know there are some bad connotations for ShapChat (and Instagram for that matter) in many circles, but God has a way of redeeming technology to advance His mission and message.

So my question is how? 

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10 reasons you should start sharing your faith right away

1.  Jesus commanded us to (Matthew 28:19.)

2.  It's good news (Romans 1:16.)

3.  There's an urgency to it (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9.)

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3 keys to keeping your best adult volunteers over the long haul

Finding adults who are willing to pour their lives into teenagers is an important part of every youth leader's job. Effective youth leaders understand that they can't do it alone. 

But one of the challenges, beside recruiting the right kind of volunteers, is keeping them long term. In the busy business of life, even the best youth ministry volunteer can lose momentum (and eventually interest) if they are not being led effectively.

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Why the shocking message of the Gospel is our only hope for reaching an increasingly anti-Christian culture

We are living in a culture with a growing distaste for traditional Christianity. Those who claim the name of Jesus are often mentally hashtagged by non-Christians (especially younger ones) as #Homophobic, #OutOfTouch and #NarrowMinded. 

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25 milestones during 25 years of Dare 2 Share

On September 1st, 1991 Dare 2 Share officially began in the office of my spiritual mentor and theology teacher, Jonathan Smith. Originally, the overall ministry was called "Tandem Ministries" which was comprised of two branches, Tandem Bible College (now called Rocky Mountain Bible College) and "Warriors for Christ" (now called Dare 2 Share!)

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Get buff! Get tough! Get out! (Joseph's 3 keys to sexual purity)

"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

When Joseph was sold into slavery as a 17 year old teenager he had no idea what awaited him. Sure he would serve time as a slave and as a prisoner but he would also be relentlessly tempted by a beautiful older woman who wanted to have sex with him.

Joseph just said no...again and again. And his refusals would eventually lead to a chain of events that would save his family, the future nation of Israel, from starvation.

Joseph's three keys can help keep both us and our teenagers pure from sexual sin:

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Why teenagers? A Case for the Importance of Youth Ministry

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?

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10 reasons we should love sharing the Gospel

1.  It gives people true hope in a world that is full of hopelessness (Romans 5:5.)

2.  It saves people from the hell they're headed to (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9) and the one they are going through apart from Christ (Ephesians 2:1-3.)

3.  It helps people know they were made for a divine purpose (Ephesians 2:10.)

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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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