As I type these words I'm sitting in front of The Old Water Tower on 800 N Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. I'm getting ready to do Lead THE Cause, a training event that will inspire, equip and unleash over 500 teenagers to share the Gospel with their lives and their lips.
Over the last 25 years I have had the privilege of equipping over one million teenagers to share their faith. Some of this has been through curriculum, apps and videos but the majority of it has been through live training events.
Through it all our team at Dare 2 Share has discovered a simple four step process to effectively train teenagers to master evangelism. We call it "Why? What? How? Now!" We use this method to guide everything we do.
From the way we've run our conferences in the past to the way we are programming Dare 2 Share Live coming up this September, this method has enabled us to help teenagers master the often intimidating art/science of evangelism.
When it comes to youth mininstry there are tons of myths floating around out there. Here are 5 of the biggest ones:
I have been a student of sweeping revivals and massive spiritual awakenings since I was in elementary school. Maybe it was how the Gospel transformed my very tough, very urban family from a gang of fist fighters to a group of street preachers almost over night. Maybe it was the youth ministry that gave me a vision beyond the four walls of our church to a world that was in desperate need for spiritual awakening. But, for whatever reason, I've always been drawn to find the "secrets" of what made revivals of the past work.
Great preachers like DL Moody, John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, Hudson Taylor, William Booth and Jonathan Edwards have always captivated me. I've read their sermons, searched their books and scoured their lives to find the strands of Divine DNA that made the spiritual awakenings, they were all a part of, so massively effective and powerful.
You can't manufacture a spiritual awakening but you can put in the plumbing and pray that God turns on the faucet.
Today I had the honor of interviewing Arthur Blessitt, the cross-carrying, world traveling, on-fire-for-Jesus evangelist! It was a blast! You need to watch the interview and then go to his Facebook page where you can watch us both carry one of the crosses he's walked around the world! What a fascinating man of God he is!
I am an American citizen. As such, I love, respect and honor my country. But I'm very disillusioned with the not-so-United States right now. Our nation's capitol is characterized more by bi-partisan bickering and stumbling/bumbling Tweets than synergy, energy and game-changing leadership.
It's easy to play the blame game. Liberals blame conservatives for the election of a controversial President. Conservatives blame liberals for the past 8 years of Executive Branch leadership. With all the finger pointing and political posturing it's a wonder anything is getting done at all.
So what's a Christian to do? Do we give up on politics? Do we throw up our hands and say "It's all in God's hands!"? Or should we dive in head first and enter the fray of debate and debacles?
I think there's a better solution than fight or flight!
High school graduation is upon us and, if statistics ring true, then a majority of teenagers who currently claim to be Christians will abandon their faith sometime after the tassel is turned. Some will turn on it and become atheists. Others will put it in a drawer for a later time down the road. Some will have it eroded by hedonism or the Philosophy 101 professor of their secular university.
But it doesn't have to be this way. I'm convinced that graduating seniors can, not only keep their faith after high school, but learn to advance it effectively.
So how can you help get graduating seniors keep (and advance) the faith in those tricky college years? Here are 4 ways:
Last Thursday I crashed a big prayer party. Although I wasn't invited to The National Day of Prayer Observance in Washignton DC (held in The Rotunda of The Capitol Building and livestreamed across the world) I decided to just walk in and see what would happen. I prayed, "God, if it's your will, let me into this thing." And God answered my prayer. Much to my surprise there was no check-in list and I breezed through security like a boss.