The strength of your student leadership team = The strength of your youth ministry

Far too many times when I ask youth leaders about how their youth groups are doing they immediately start talking about attendance numbers. They usually say something like, "Oh pretty good! We are growing! We had 60 in attendance last week!" or, "Well, we are struggling right now a bit. We only had 15 in attendance last week."

But I am convinced that attendance numbers may be among the weaker measures of youth group strength. Those who gauge youth ministry size and youth ministry strength often make the wrong assumption that, just because teens are showing up, they are leading a healthy youth ministry. But people show up at car wrecks, fist fights and circuses too. 

If you imagine Jesus as the ultimate youth leader (because the majority of the disciples were most likely teenagers), you can clearly see he had a different philosophy of youth ministry strength. Think of the crowds that followed Jesus as those who show up in a typical youth group meeting and think of his disciples as his student leadership team. When you begin to read the Gospels through these lenses, it becomes obvious that Jesus didn't gauge his impact by attendance at all. 

As a matter of fact there are several times he seems to try to get rid of the crowds so that he could invest in his leadership team. Luke 15:25-27 is a powerful example of this, "Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:  'If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.'"

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The Hardest Question to ask about Summer Camp

There are hard questions to ask every year about summer camp. Questions like, "Who should be our next camp speaker?", "What should be our theme?" and "How much money should we budget?" are all important camp questions.

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5 exciting changes happening at Lead THE Cause you should know about!

Since 2012 we have had the privilege of equipping thousands of teenagers to effectively share their faith during our full-week summer events called Lead THE Cause!

It's been a wild ride! The impact of a full week immersion into prayer, evangelism and disciple multiplication is hard to describe.

Out of all the things we do at Dare 2 Share I'm convinced that Lead THE Cause is the most effective when it comes to "The DNA Transfer" of the message and mission of Jesus into the hearts, souls and minds of these teenagers.

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7 Highlights from Lead THE Cause Chicago!

Last Saturday I flew back to Denver after an exhilarating and exhausting week at Lead THE Cause Chicago. God did so many amazing things that it's hard to articulate in a single blog post. Here are seven highlights from the week!

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What Lead THE Cause does that Conferences never will

Hey D2S Conference fan, yes you. You know who you are, the annual tour is on your calendar year after year.

You get it, you love it (and so do we by the way!) The lights, music, thousands of teenagers encountering the perfect love of God and His radical message of grace, the tangible energy after the outreach experience where teens are buzzing with excitement having been used by God, part of His Cause. 

You are in, praying and pushing to see your students reach their friends for Christ. And yet, you haven’t been to a Lead THE Cause summer event. Maybe you already have a lot going on and you’ve seen good things from your other events.

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4 reasons you should ditch camp next summer and bring your teenagers to Lead THE Cause instead

As I sit here at our final Lead THE Cause of the summer I can't help but be thankful to God for all that he has done (and is still doing) through this intensive week of training and outreach. After four summers of doing Lead THE Cause (and our first year of partnering with our friends at Sonlife to pull it off) I'm convinced that youth leaders should consider bringing their entire youth group to Lead THE Cause instead of (or maybe in addition to) camp next summer.

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Highlights from Lead THE Cause (Denver) Part 2

 It's been a jaw-droppingly good week but I needed every bit of yesterday (Saturday) to recover. Lead THE Cause is a sun-up-far-passed-sun-down affair with very little time for rest or recovery.

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Highlights of Lead THE Cause (Denver) Part 1

 We are midway through this power-packed week at Lead THE Cause Denver and, already, God is doing so many amazing things. Here are just a few…

1. The Prayer time at Columbine High School.

It's hard to put into words the sight of almost 300 teenagers prayer walking around a high school that has forever been marked with a horrific school shooting that took place 16 years ago. It gave me chills to see four students carry one of the original Columbine crosses from the school to the Columbine memorial eight short minutes away.

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Highlights from Lead THE Cause Chicago (Part 2)

All I can say is "Wow!" and "Amen!"

God did so many amazing things this last week at Lead THE Cause in Chicago that, by the end of the week, the miraculous seemed normal! It truly felt like the book of Acts!

The Word of God spread and multiplied.

The believers spent time constantly in prayer.

There was no needy person among them.

Midway through the week I posted a blog of highlights (you can read it here) and, after that post, great things continued to happen! Here are just a few of them…

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Highlights from Lead THE Cause Chicago (Part 1)

We are almost at the midway of Lead THE Cause in Chicago and I already have a list of highlights from this power-packed week. Here are a few…

1. Zane's Beard (it's epic!)

2. Conversations with teenagers in the hallways. So many teenagers from so many places ready to share their faith!

3. The Prayer Meeting at Moody Memorial Church. It was so powerful to hear teenagers read their "letters to God" that they wrote after a prayer walk through downtown Chicago. The power of these prayers brought tears to many eyes (including mine) as these teenagers called out to God on behalf of their lost friends.

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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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