There are a lot of youth ministries out there that are not making the eternal impact they could be. Some of the reasons many aren't thriving include avoiding the hard questions and not challenging teens hard enough.
We play a lot of defense in youth ministry. We fight against tough opponents like teen suicide, marijuana and opioid addiction, cyber-bullying, sexting and on and on and on the list goes. Teenagers today are up against a long list of enemies and we want to help them win. But it is almost impossible to win the battle for the hearts, minds and souls of the next generation by just playing defense.
I've been speaking to teenagers for almost three decades now, during a third of that time I was a preaching pastor as well. I'm terrible at sports (uncoordinated) and horrific at hobbies (easily distracted) so I've poured everything I have into becoming a better, more impacting communicator.
Nobody is bored during an argument. There's nothing like a good, old fashioned argument to pump adrenalin into a boring meeting and liven things up. And Jesus started them everywhere he went.
I think the Protestants need a reformation today, a "re-reformation" if you will...and so do many of our Gospel presentations.
There is a church planting frenzy in America. It's the thing these days. And speaking as a former church planter I can see why. But there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America and there are only 35,000 cities and towns. How many more new church plants do we need?
We need risk takers who are williing to leave their paradigms and programs behind and even risk losing their jobs so that more teenagers can be reached for Jesus. The urgency is at an all time high and our collective effectiveness is at an all time low.
how do you help your students process this latest atrocity? How do you help your students find safe harbor in the midst of their understandable sea of anxiety, doubt, fear and questions about the presence of an all-powerful and loving God?
Every great revival has both sizzle and steak. The sizzle is the rally point for the revival, the shock and awe of an event or a moment that captures attention, imaginations and hearts. But sizzle without steak is just a mouth-watering sound that disappoints.
10 Reasons Why Dare 2 Share Live Could Be the Most Unique 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.
So how does the reality of the impending return of Christ help fuel teenagers spiritually? In the same way it fueled me when I was a teenager. It sparks urgency in them!
They have been overwhelmed with destruction. Please overwhelm them with your presence. Bless the rescuers, those who are braving the high waters with boats and boots to save the trapped. They remind us of your Son who was willing to wade waist deep into the swirling sin of humanity.
Racism was real growing up in North Denver. For my family it was "us" verses "them." And the result was extreme violence, shed blood and intense hatred. But then Jesus came in and changed everything.
If you've been in youth ministry for any amount of time you've encountered apathetic teenagers. Between the rolling eyes and heavy sighs it's easy to get discouraged when it comes to inspiring young people to know, live, share and own their faith.
There are about one billion young people in the world today between the ages 12-19. That's a lot of teenagers! How can all of them be reached with the Gospel? I'm convinced there is a way.
It's time to wake up our churches to the need for revival and spiritual awakening. It's time to answer the Holy Spirit's wake up call! Think about the potential of a fully awakened church.
Don't wait for tragedy to strike. Live in Gospel urgency now by choice and share the message of Jesus with friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and classmates before it's too late.
When it comes to youth ministry there are tons of myths floating around out there. Here are 5 of the biggest ones
I have been a student of sweeping revivals and massive spiritual awakenings since I was in elementary school. Maybe it was how the Gospel transformed my very tough, very urban family from a gang of fist fighters to a group of street preachers almost overnight.
I had the honor of interviewing Arthur Blessitt, the cross-carrying, world traveling, on-fire-for-Jesus evangelist! It was a blast!
I am an American citizen. As such, I love, respect and honor my country. But I'm very disillusioned with the not-so-United States right now. So what's a Christian to do?
High school graduation is upon us and, if statistics ring true, then a majority of teenagers who currently claim to be Christians will abandon their faith sometime after the tassel is turned.
I wasn't invited to The National Day of Prayer Observance in Washington, D.C. I decided to just walk in and see what would happen
Instead of another Bible lesson, tackle a tough, culturally relevant question. Then let the conversations begin.
After 25 years of working with teenagers I'm convinced that suicidal thoughts among young people are NOT uncommon.