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Greg Stier: Why Your Whole Church Needs To Care About Student Ministry

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Greg Stier is an evangelist, author, speaker, and founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries, which trains teens to share their faith. He is the author of several books, including “Gospelize Your Youth Ministry: A Spicy New Philosophy Of Youth Ministry (That’s 2,000 Years Old)and “Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith.” His latest is “Unlikely Fighter: The Story of How a Fatherless Street Kid Overcame Violence, Chaos, and Confusion to Become a Radical Christ Follower.”

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Key Questions for Greg Stier

-Tell a little bit about your story and how you got involved in ministry to teens. 

-Why does the whole church need to care about student ministry?

-A lot of people are just trying to get teens to come to youth group, let alone helping them be gospel witnesses. How can we help students do both?

-How do we make evangelism a priority in our churches again?

Key Quotes From Greg Stier

“Columbine became the terrible yardstick by which every other school shooting would be measured for whatever reason. And because I knew a lot of the kids, it shook me up. And my question was, where we’re all the Christian kids to reach out to the shooters? What could have happened differently if they were reached for Christ?

“Every city’s got a city within a city…And ours was a small patch of area in Denver called North Denver, which was the highest crime area. It was mafia controlled. My uncles were nicknamed “The Crazy Brothers” by the mafia, which when the mafia thinks your family’s dysfunctional, it’s not good.”

“I start sneaking into the youth group at 11 years of age, and immediately I’m trained, equipped and mobilized. They trained us in systematic theology and evangelism, apologetics, so they take us out sharing the gospel. So the youth group is that big [800 students] because [the pastor] trains students to reach students.”

“​My point of reference for youth ministry was, we’re on fire for God, we’re responsible to reach our city and the adults are there to support and encourage and align us for that.”

“I began to share Christ with my mom because I was equipped to share Christ. It took three years and finally, when I was 15 years old, I had the privilege of leading my mom to Christ.” 

“I really do believe that change happens when you’re young, primarily.”