Our Cause as believers in Jesus is to share his Good News with those we encounter and to make disciples of those who respond (Matthew 28:18-20.) Some call it “The Great Commission.” I call it “The Cause.” There are a ton of good causes out there that we, as believers, can and should be a part of. But there is one overarching, great Cause that every believer is called to as their primary mission in life. It is the call to reach the lost, disciple those who respond, and train them to do the same.
Did you have to cancel your camps and mission trips this summer? Did you have them cancelled for you? Does it feel like your whole summer has been cancelled?
This is an exciting announcement from Dare 2 Share's President, Debbie Bresina. In light of the current pandemic, we chose to make some radical shifts to our summer programming. But we believe that God will use these shifts, not only to inspire, equip and mobilize exponentially more teenagers, but to help us accelerate the spread of the gospel through technology even more effectively in the future. I can't wait to see what God is going to do through this unprecedented youth ministry event (Lead THE Cause Virtual) and I pray that you and all your teenagers will participate!
You don't have to cancel summer! Instead, join us in mobilizing a generation so that every teen everywhere hears the gospel from a friend!
Here's Debbie's exciting announcement:
Dear Youth Leaders, Parents, and Students –
As we have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the US these past few weeks, we have asked God for supernatural wisdom regarding our Lead THE Cause (LTC) 2020 summer plans. After much fasting, prayer, and discussions with our venue and ministry partners, we feel led to cancel all three of our LTC events for 2020.
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.'"
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.