After my guest post on Defeating the Dragons, I decided to start a series on modern youth ministry and my experiences within it. Enjoy.
The other day, a fellow church member posted the following quote from Greg Stier, founder of Dare 2 Share youth ministries:
Here are three quick, yet powerful reasons to reach the next generation with the message and mission of Jesus:
1. The vast majority of people who trust in Jesus as their Savior do so before the age of 18.
2. Christian teenagers can be mobilized to reach their friends for Christ quickly and effectively.
3. If Christian teens are trained and unleashed to reach their circle of influence for Christ, this nation can be transformed from the inside out and the bottom up.
As a former preaching pastor and church planter I can tell you with firm conviction that I did not get into youth ministry because it was cute. I chose to go into youth ministry because it was strategic.
Let me just say for the record, I’m not here to critique Stier’s ministry. Up until the other day, I’d never even heard of Dare 2 Share. It could very well be a wonderful, life-changing program. However, I will say this: Stier’s comments are nothing new to me. I’ve been listening to similar statements for over 15 years.
And whenever I hear them, alarm bells start ringing. Continue reading