Many have already heard about the urgent situation we are in concerning reaching this young generation. The BattleCry message, stemming from the BattleCry for a Generation book, has been broadcasted over Christian and secular airwaves all across the nation. ABC Nightline, the New York Times front page, CNN, Fox News, O'Reilly Factor, and the San Francisco Chronicle have all commented on the current data that shows we are perilously close to losing any kind of Bible-believing Christian foundation in the next generation. Now is the time for us to do something real and practical about it.
As we prepare for this season of Acquire the Fire and BattleCry events, it is important for us all to realize that youth events are NOT the solution to the issue. The events are geared towards giving churches across the region a specific reason to focus on young people like never before.
The Church must rise up to be the solution. We don't need another government program or act of Congress to allocate money to do more social good for teenagers. What we need in the Church of Jesus Christ to rise up and capture the hearts of this generation in an unprecedented way.
Churches all over America are rising up to take the challenge to double and disciple their youth groups this next year. Pastors of churches of all sizes—from mega churches to churches who can't afford to hire a youth pastor and have volunteer youth workers—are all committing to double and disciple their groups. This should be our response as the Church to the urgent crisis facing young people.
Some have already started including Pastor Edwin Pacheco from Bay Ridge Christian Center, New York City. He has already doubled his youth group in the past 2 months! Many others have committed to doubling their youth group before the Acquire the Fire and BattleCry events coming to their area.
As we travel from city to city all over the country, we are finding youth by the thousands who have already committed to double their group. No more mister nice guy. We have to go after these kids! Sure we're doing big events, but in order to win young people to Christ, the local church must rise up and win young people to Christ.
Let's stop making excuses and go after these young people! Let's go after them more passionately than MTV or BET. When you commit to doubling your youth group, you are making a statement that says, "I am going after them." This kind of sustained effort will radically change the youth of your local area and set an example for the entire nation.
Many youth pastors and workers are saying, "If we knew how, we would already be doing it!" Tools have been developed and are available at more than a 50% discount to youth pastors across the region to train and develop their youth ministry leadership. These tools include the curriculum Double Vision which has shown hundreds of youth leaders how to double their youth group. You can too! It is designed to show you step by step how to double and disciple your youth group in one year while building a thriving youth ministry that keeps growing year after year!
Now is the time to take action. Be part of the solution right now. Log on to www.BattleCry.com to get your church involved in the revolution. Whether you're a lay person, a youth pastor, or youth worker, all the steps necessary to get your church engaged are right there.
If you are planning on bringing teens to the Acquire the Fire or BattleCry event in your area, that is fantastic. Please don't wait until then to do something! There are kids in your community right now who are hurting and broken. As you focus on doubling your youth ministry, they will be the beneficiaries of your love and practical outreach.
I am excited to continue to see the move of God in churches and youth groups across the nation. God bless you as you continue to fight for this generation!
Ron Luce is the founder of Teen Mania, one of the world's largest Christian youth organizations, which inspires, empowers, and equips teens to reject the negative influences of pop culture and embrace the "coolness" of Christ. This year, Teen Mania is rallying hundreds of thousands of teens in the BattleCry movement to save their generation. For more information, visit www.BattleCry.com.