Turn up the gospel heat in your youth group

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Revelation 3;15,16

In this passage Jesus is telling the church of Laodicea that they need to turn the temperature up when it comes to their passion for him. What was true of the Laodicean believers when it came to their love for Jesus is true of the typical youth group when it comes to their passion for the  gospel. Most need to turn up the heat.

But how do you do that? After decades of working with youth groups across the nation I've identified three ways to turn up the heat when it comes to the gospel!

1.  Take your temperature.

We're always getting our temperatures taken these days (thanks to the pandemic!) Whoever invested in touchless thermometers a year ago must be thrilled with their profit margins today. Why? Because a high fever is one of the first signs you may have COVID!

A high gospel temperature is also one of the first signs of revival in a youth group. When teenagers are on fire for the gospel the heat of transformation just radiates across a youth room in amazing ways.

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7 courageous decisions that could revolutionize your youth ministry in 2019

Instead of New Year's resolutions let's talk about a youth ministry revolution.

Year's ago I devoured Mark Senter's classic book, The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry. In it he predicted a transformation of the way youth ministry is done. He predicted a massive re-ordering of youth ministry back to the ways of the early church.

This outstanding book was written in 1992 but, sadly, we're all still waiting for the revolution to come. If anything youth ministry seems like it has become more and more institutionalized over the last 27 years or so since Senter's book was written.

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5 surprisingly simple ways to have a great big spiritual impact on your teens this school year

It's that time of year where Alice Cooper weeps (school is no longer out for the summer), parents rejoice and teenagers have to start getting up early again.

Back to school is back with a vengeance and everyone, especially youth leaders, have been scrambling! Programs are being perfected! Curriculum is being purchased! Adults are being recruited!

But, even in the midst of all the Fall kickoff mayhem, back-to-school can be a great time to get back to the basics of youth ministry. These basics are rooted in Scripture and absolutely necessary for true spiritual transformation.

With this as a backdrop, here are 5 surprisingly simple ways to make a gigantic spiritual impact on your teens this school year:

Basic #1:  Cover them in prayer.

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassadorin chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."  Ephesians 6:18-20

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The Ultimate 1-2 Punch to Kick off your Fall Youth Ministry Calendar

1-2 Punch Combo: "A combination of two blows delivered in rapid succession in boxing, especially a left lead followed by a right cross"...or..."An especially forceful or effective combination or sequence of two things."

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5 simple but effective ways of dealing with the naysayers in your ministry

"When Sanballat heard that we were building the wall of Jerusalem, he was very angry and upset. He started making fun of the Jews.  Sanballat talked with his friends and the army at Samaria and said, 'What are these weak Jews doing? Do they think we will leave them alone? Do they think they will offer sacrifices? Maybe they think they can finish building in only one day. They cannot bring stones back to life from these piles of trash and dirt. These are just piles of ashes and dirt!'” Nehemiah 4:1,2

When Nehemiah began to rebuild the broken down walls around Jerusalem a few naysaysers began to say "nay!" They yelled "nay!" to Nehemiah's vision of restoring Jerusalem to it's former glory, "nay!" to bringing the scattered Jews back to Jerusalem and "nay!" to helping this city on a hill shine the glory of God to the nations like it once did.

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How to help our teens deal with LGBTQ issues

There is a lot of confusion in this culture today over gender and sexual identity issues. There is a lot of head scratching in the church, as well. But God’s Word brings clarity where the world and religion often brings a fog.

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5 Reasons I'm loving the "Read Scripture" app

We're only six days into the New Year and, so far, I'm loving the Read Scripture app. To be honest, I had never heard of it before. But a good friend, Doug Holliday, recommended it to me a few weeks ago. I downloaded it and, on January 1st, started using it.

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How to kill youth group drama

I've been hearing it more and more as I talk to youth leaders across the nation.

Many youth leaders are struggling with "youth group drama." A hyper-sensitive clique of girls is mad at a insensitive clique of sarcastic boys (or vice-verse or mix-n-match.) Sides are taken. Words are spoken. Words are hurled. Feelings are hurt.

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The Youth Ministry Box

Those of us involved in reaching and discipling teenagers have inherited a box labeled "Youth Ministry." There's a lot of great stuff in the box that's been left to us by our youth ministry forefathers.

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Keeping the Faith...4 practical ways to help teens keep their faith long after they graduate

We've all read the scary statistics of teenagers who evacuate their Christian faith after they graduate from high school. I've read statistics as high as 85% and some as low as 50%. But regardless of the actual number all of us can agree that any is too many! We want as many of our teenagers' faith as possible to, not just survive, but to thrive long after they leave high school!

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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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