The Best Way to Stop School Violence

I'm tired of all the school violence and I'm sure you are too

My heart drops every time I hear about another school shooting. Twenty years ago my heart dropped when the news came about the Columbine High School massacre. 

I was in a room with six youth leaders promoting Dare 2 Share's "When all hell breaks loose..." conference on spiritual warfare and evangelism. That's when the pastor of the church we were meeting at interrupted our small gathering and informed us, "All hell has broken loose at Columbine High School. You may all want to stop and pray."

We did.

Just 30 minutes across Denver all hell was breaking loose as two teen killers walked into Columbine High School and reeked unholy havoc in the cafeteria, classrooms, hallway and library. 13 lives were lost that day before the shooters turned the guns on themselves.

Last week all hell broke loose again in the Denver area as two armed teenagers entered the STEM School in Highlands Ranch (7.5 miles away from Columbine.) These two hate-filled young people injured 8 teenagers and killed one before they were finally stopped. 

When school violence like this erupts so do all of the proposed solutions. Some chant "More gun control!" and others "Arm the teachers!" But neither of these solutions will ultimately work in my opinion. There are almost 400 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States.

It's already out of control.

And arming teachers could work in some situations but backfire in others. 

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No more confrontational evangelism please

Confrontational evangelism: "the kind of evangelism that communicates the Gospel in an abrasive, in-your-face way."

I'll never forget taking an outside escalator in Las Vegas down to the street level with my then 12 year old daughter Kailey. There were hundreds of people on the sidewalk below us as we descended toward the large crowd.

At the bottom of the escalator was a man with a repent sign and, no joke, a bullhorn. He incessantly yelled "Repent!" at all the people coming down the escalator and others walking by.

My daughter  turned to me and asked, "Daddy, what is that man doing?" I replied, "He is attempting to share the Gospel with the crowd here." She said, "Daddy, I think your way is much more effective."

My way isn't really even my way. It's the way you see modeled in Scripture. It's good news people sharing the good news of Jesus in a good news way.

You may be thinking, "Well, didn't Jesus preach to people on the street?" And, you'd be right. But he did it in a relational way. He provided healing for their bodies and food for the stomachs. And he shared hope with them in a loving and powerful way.

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The 3 things every Christian teen needs

It all boils down to this...Every Christian teen needs a King, a cause and a crew!

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Gospelize with Greg Stier - Reaching Every Last One

 

There are 25 million teenagers in the United States - how are we going to reach them all with the gospel? Join Greg Stier as he walks through the strategies and motivations we need to have to reach every last one

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When all hell breaks loose... reflections on the Columbine High School massacre 20 years later

Where were you on April 20th, 1999 when you heard the news about the Columbine High School massacre?

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How to turn teenagers into teen leaders (just like Jesus did!)

Jesus was a youth leader. When Peter, Jesus and the rest of the disicples went into Capernaum only Peter and Jesus paid the temple tax (Matthew 17:24-27). If you cross-reference this passage with Exodus 30:14 it becomes clear that the temple tax was only for those 20 years old and older. 

If I'm reading these passages correctly, Jesus was a youth leader, with only one adult sponsor (and one really rotten kid named Judas.)

But within the span of 3 1/2 years (about the time a typical teenager is in high school minus summer vacations) he turned those teenagers into teen leaders. After the ascension here's how the big dawg religious leaders of the day viewed them, "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13.

These teen leaders went on .to take the Gospel to the ends of the world. Some even went on to write books that would be included in the canon of Scripture and be used of God to build the church on a firm theological foundation. 

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Gospelize with Greg Stier - 3 "R"eminders from Jesus About Disciple Making

Is disciple making an important part of your youth ministry? How about your personal Christian walk? Join Greg Stier as he explains the "3 R's of Disciple Making"— AKA the three reminders Jesus gives us about His command to make disciples.

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Take care of these 4 areas to keep from becoming a ministry statistic

The last few years have been filled with news of famous ministry leaders who are falling morally, abusing finances and leading by intimidation . I can't think of a time, other than the Swaggert/Bakker scandals of the 1980's, where more ministry leaders have fallen in some swirl of ethical disgrace.

But, for every leader that falls morally, there are ten who burn out emotionally and spiritually. I've seen far more ministry leaders leave the ministry out of discouragement than disgrace.

So how do we keep from being another ministry statistic? How do we finish well?

Although my race is not yet completed, God has blessed me to have been in ministry for 30 years. This week marked the 30 year anniversary of a church I co-planted and co-pastored for ten years before launching into Dare 2 Share full-time. Over the last three decades of starting a local church as well as a global ministry, God has given me a few insights into some of the keys to longevity in ministry. 

Here are four of them:

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Gospelize with Greg Stier - How to Keep Your Heart Burning Hot for the Gospel

We all start out in youth ministry with a fiery passion to change the world for Christ, one teenager at a time. But over time, that blaze can dwindle down to a tiny ember. In today’s episode of Gospelize with Greg Stier, you’ll learn how to find, fan, and fuel that still-burning ember and how to use it to transform your ministry.

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Gospelize with Greg Stier - 3 Dot Theology: Sovereignty, Urgency and Responsibility

When we don’t understand something, it’s human tendency to try to connect the dots. But there are three dots, three theological truths that we shouldn't try to connect if we want to be effective at sharing the good news of Jesus. Join Greg Stier as he unpacks the “3 Dot Theology” in today’s episode of Gospelize.

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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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