Greg Stier: Teens Who Pray for the Lost, See the Lost

“If the right kind of youth ministry gets into you, you never get out. You just change your goal.”

“The typical approach of games and fun and a little worship and a little Bible study…there’s a reason we’re seeing less seniors than juniors, less juniors than sophomores, less sophomores than freshmen in youth ministry.”

“We found seven values in every gospel-advancing, or “gospelizing,” youth ministry that was seeing 25 percent new conversion growth per year or more…these seven values are all over the New Testament, and they’re hard to find in a typical youth ministry strategy.”

“What we found is, teenagers that pray for the lost, see the lost. They remember the lost. They speak to the lost because they’re praying for them.”

“They measured the right things, which is not attendance. It’s things like…what percentage of my kids are growing in their faith, what percentage of my students are actively sharing their faith, etc.”

“That the number one response I get when I share this is, ‘Aw dude, I have to pray more. We have to pray more.’”

“What we’re starting to see are youth groups literally cutting out a slice of the time in the youth ministry to pray for the lost in the group.”

“Our mission is to make disciples. You cannot make a disciple without evangelism.”

“Of course we want to demonstrate the gospel…but we don’t want to hide behind demonstrating the gospel and not articulating it because there is power in the words of the gospel message.”

“The church has lost its belief in the fundamental power and awe of God unleashed through the gospel message.”

Mentioned in the Show by Greg Stier

Dare 2 Share Live, live simulcast on Oct 12th for equipping teens to share the gospel
Dare 2 Share Resources
The First Great Awakening
The Great Opportunity, report projecting 35 million youth will leave Christianity by 2050
GospelAdvancing.org
Gospelize Your Youth Ministry: A Spicy “New” Philosophy of Ministry (That’s 2,000 Years Old) [free ebook]
If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas
Penn Jilette video

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye