How to move from doing events to triggering Movements

Events are part of youth ministry. Your Wednesday night or Sunday night (or whenever weekly meeting) is an event. The retreats you do, camps you coordinate and conferences/concerts you take your teenagers to are events.

And there's nothing necessarily wrong with events. But, if these events aren't triggering movement toward spiritual growth in the hearts of our teenagers then we may need to do some re-thinking, re-imagining and re-tooling.

Here are a few questions to consider when leading/doing/attending events with and for your teenagers:

1).  Will this event inspire my teens to serve Jesus more passionately?

I have a youth pastor friend named Mr. Bill who has a simple grid for any and every youth group event: "Will this help my teenagers know Jesus and make him known?" If not, then it's off his grid and off the youth group calendar.

Don't get me wrong. Mr. Bill and his youth group have fun, play games, do events and reek all sorts of typical-youth-ministry havoc. But, behind it all, there is a deeper purpose. And he drives everything about the event toward his teens knowing Jesus more deeply and making him known more widely.

He calls the unbelievers to believe and challenges the believers to fall in love with Jesus and tell others about him. It's woven into the fabric of each one of his events.

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Dare 2 Share Live equipped teenagers to #Fight2Win

Two years ago when we kicked off our first Dare 2 Share LIVE event, we had no idea if it would work. Nobody had ever attempted a live, coast-to-coast youth ministry event designed to mobilize a generation for the Gospel. 

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5 ways Dare 2 Share Live could be a game changer for your youth group

Dare 2 Share Live is hard to describe.

It's a one day outreach event where your teens do the reaching out.

It's a live simulcast in 100+ cities from coast to coast where teenagers are inspired, equipped and unleashed to put their faith into practice.

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7 Reasons your church should be a satellite site for Dare 2 Share Live

On October 12th, 2019, Dare 2 Share LIVE will take place once again...and I can't wait! After two years of doing this live simulcast event, we believe its impact will just become greater as more and more churches jump on board as satellite sites. We are sensing huge momentum and it really feels like God is up to something unprecedented through this one-of-a-kind event.

Maybe you've been kicking around the idea of being a satellite site for Dare 2 Share LIVE this year. Here are 7 reasons why you should:

1.  It feels like a movement, not just another event.

Dare 2 Share LIVE started as a simple idea: to do a live, coast-to-coast, teen evangelism mobilization event in 50 cities. But God blew that goal out of the water! We had 68 cities year one! Then it blew up to 93 cities last year!

We have no idea what God will bring this year but we do know that there is growing momentum toward even more saturation of the nation (and beyond!). Why? It's a Gospel advancing movement, not just another youth event. Dare 2 Share LIVE combines all the elements of movement: teenagers, worship, evangelism, prayer and God's Word! It is fast, fun and focused on energizing the Church to mobilize youth to Gospelize their world!

2.  It can unite the youth leaders in your city for a common cause.

In John 17, Jesus prayed that the church would be one as He and the Father are one. The unity of the church in a given city is a living, breathing Gospel testimony that impacts all who see it. What better way to bring unity to a city than through the youth leaders!

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Top 10 Reasons why your church should be a satellite site for Dare 2 Share Live!

On October 13th, 2018 we are anticipating 100+ churches from across the nation (we already have 86!) to be satellite sites for Dare 2 Share LIVE! We fully anticipate 20,000+ teenagers being inspired, equipped and unleashed in a single day to share the Gospel to hundreds of thousands of their friends through social media and face-to-face conversations.

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Flabby bodies, fat naps and the need for ministry leaders to get fit

I don't run triathalons or marathons. Nor am I a fitness freak. But, as a 52 year old preacher, I've become increasingly aware of my mortality and the ever sagging effects of gravity.

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Big announcement: Dare 2 Share LIVE 2018 is on for October 13, 2018!

September 23rd, 2017—the day of the first ever Dare 2 Share LIVE event—was a history-maker. Thousands of teens across the country from Alaska to Florida gathered in local churches for a day of worship, gospel training, and outreach to advance the message of Jesus. 

From the training to the worship to the timing of the emcees to the local outreaches, everything synced like clockwork. There was one point where 10,000 teens and adults were praying simultaneously for revival out loud from coast to coast! 

One of the most exciting things for me was watching the map of gospel conversations on the Dare 2 Share Live app blow up as teens uploaded videos that triggered gospel convos with their peers! I loved watching the pictures and videos from the local sites  streaming onto the social media feed on the app. It was a national party in honor of Jesus!

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5 powerful takeaways from doing an unprecedented youth ministry event, Dare 2 Share Live!

Last Saturday we had the honor of doing something unprecedented before in the history of youth ministry...a live simulcast event to 68 cities across the United States.

There was no one or two hour delay. It was truly live.

People would ask me what to expect. I would describe it and then say (much to the chagrin of my staff) "Well, it looks good on paper. But we won't really know until we do it."

Now we know and, quite honestly, God blessed it in spectacular ways. Although the final attendance numbers fell short of our goals, we were blown away by the overall event and how it mobilized a generation in one day to say together #LetsGo!

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10 Reasons why Dare 2 Share Live could be the most unique (and powerful) event your youth group will ever experience

Dare 2 Share Live is fast approaching. On September 23rd we will, by God's grace, gather 50,000 teenagers in 69 locations across the nation to inspire, equip and unleash them to pray for, care for and share the gospel with the people in their cities and on their social media feeds.

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Rallying in the aftermath of catastrophe!

I'll never forget the week of September 11th, 2001. After being traumatized by terrorist attacks our entire nation was shaken to the core. People were afraid to fly. Many were afraid to be in public places. The potential of another terrorist attack seemed like it could be imminent.

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Greg Stier

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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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