You've heard the old proverb, "The proof is in the pudding." Well, I have a new one for you, "The proof is in the schedule."
In this months episode of Gospelize - Greg Stier comes by to teach how you can preach a clear Gospel. It's vital for everybody to hear a clear message, and it's surprisingly easy to make it muddy.
Last Wednesday night I had the immense privilege of attending a goodbye celebration for Bill Freund (affectionally known as "Mr. Bill"). After 7 years as the youth leader at Grace Chapel in Castle Rock, Colorado he stepped down to pursue the next chapter God has for him in youth ministry.
In this episode Greg breaks down how Jesus turned his disciples into leaders. We want you to turn your teens into the next generation of evangelism leaders.
I talk to youth leaders all the time. From Pentecostal to Presbyterian, from coast to coast, from urban to suburban to rural, God has blessed me to be in front of all kinds of youth leaders from all kinds of backgrounds consistently throughout the year.
The movie Rocky captures the spirit of a lone fighter with the odds stacked against him who prevails in the end. What's interesting about this film is that the same caliber of courage depicted by Rocky is what it took to actually make the movie.
Someone once defined insanity as "doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results." Isn't this what typical youth ministry is doing? We have the same basic strategies as we did 30 years ago and we are getting the same basic results (maybe even less!)
Join Greg Stier this month as he discusses what it's like to be a Youth Leader with a little bit of a need. How we can combat the struggles and succeed in our Youth Ministries.
It's easy to see teens as the "necessary evil" that you, as a pastor have to put up with when leading your church. After all, they are often the ones texting, SnapChatting or just plain old chatting during your sermon. They roll their eyes when you make your best jokes and don't at all look interested in your most insightful sermon points.
It's easy to write teenagers off...but don't.
Throughout history teenagers have been unleashed as primary change agents in almost every significant spiritual awakening. From the early church (the disciples were most likely teens when they began to follow Jesus) to St Patrick and his young posse of preachers to the Reformation to the Great Welsh Revival to the Great Awakening, teenagers have played a central role to advancing the kingdom of God and reviving the church in the process.
Jonathan Edwards, the chief historian of the Great Awakening and preacher of the awe-inspiring "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God" wrote these words about this unparalleled spiritual movement, "the revival has been chiefly amongst the young."
These hormone-filled young people who take risks, break rules and drive us crazy at times can be used by God to accelerate his kingdom forward in fresh and exciting ways. And when this movement comes alive in your church your congregation will never be the same!
Does your youth ministry need a bit of a kick? Join Greg Stier this month as he discusses and dives deep into 7 easy, different ways to help take your youth ministry to the next level.