My 5 favorite memories from the Live it Up Tour! What are some of yours?

1.  The response to the Friday night's drama.

This year's drama was based on a school shooting that kept rebooting over and over until the two key characters (hiding from the shooter in the school bathroom) got it right. It was just the right mixture of urgency and authenticity when it comes to evangelism.

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10 lessons I'm learning from being the parent of a teenager

1.  It's not as easy as it looks on paper.

I had parenting all figured out before I had kids. I watched the videos, read the books and even preached a few sermons on it. Then my wife and I had children and all but a handful of key principles blew away like dust (from the top of a teen boy's desk) in the wind.

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What to do if your pastor is not on board with your youth ministry

I talk to youth leaders across the country, many of whom feel like their pastors are not fully behind their youth ministry efforts. Speaking as a former church planter and preaching pastor, here are a few tips that will help get your Sr. Pastor on board with you and your youth ministry:

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Reach out DON'T freak out! 7 simple ideas to get your teens sharing their faith right away!

Getting teenagers to share the Gospel with their peers may seem like a daunting task. But when teens begin sharing their faith they begin growing in their faith. Why? Because the social risk involved forces them to trust in God, die to themselves (and how their peers perceive them), and walk in obedience to the Father.

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5 military leadership secrets that will help you become a more effective youth leader

I've always been a military buff. It must be in my blood or something. My biological father (whom I've never met) was a Sergeant Major and fought in both World War 2 and Korea. I discovered that he was the very last P.O.W. released from the Korean War and became a celebrated war hero when he returned to his home state of California.

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Rethinking Evangelism (a short interview between Brian Aaby and yours truly from YS Idea Lab)

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5 simple ways to improve your prayer life

1.  Find a prayer "hot spot" and use it.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16

We all know about wireless hot spots…you go into a coffee shop and want to know the wireless code for the hotspot so you can get online. Well, I believe that Jesus had prayer hot spots. Sure, he could pray anywhere but I believe there were places he especially liked to connect with God through prayer.

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The hidden danger in dropping Youth Ministry for a Family Ministry approach

Before I dive into my point let me make one thing crystal clear, I believe that the family should be the number one influence on the spiritual development of our children and teenagers. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 was written to the moms and dads of Israel in the Old Testament and is a powerful reminder to all of us moms and dads in the New Testament that spiritual development starts in the home.

If the teenagers in your church have believing parents it's on them to "bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4.) We, as parents, should never delegate this sacred duty to a 25 year old youth leader straight out of seminary. In a perfect world, parents would work in conjunction with youth leaders to build teenagers who are fully committed to and maturing in Christ. 

But we don't live in a perfect world.

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5 ways to prevent Youth Ministry burnout

We've all seen the disturbing statistics of youth leader turnover in the church. I've read differing numbers regarding the average stay of a youth leader in the typical church. The statistics I've read have ranged from as little as one year to as many as four. Regardless of which statistic is correct I think we can all agree that the turnover rate in youth ministry is too high. 

The question that haunts me is why? Why are there so many youth leaders leaving their posts after a relatively short stint?

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10 horrible spiritual segues you can use to bring Jesus up on Super Tuesday (but please don't!)

1.  Jesus would never kick you out of his rally.

2.  TrusTED? No Trust Jesus.

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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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