It all boils down to this...Every Christian teen needs a King, a cause and a crew!
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
Where were you on April 20th, 1999 when you heard the news about the Columbine High School massacre?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
On March 11th we are launching the Gospelize with Greg Stier podcast. And I can't wait! Here are 10 reasons you should subscribe:
We’ve been keeping a secret at Dare 2 Share for the past few months and I’m thrilled to finally share it with you. We’re launching our very first podcast called “Gospelize with Greg Stier: Youth Ministry with a Kick!”