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Evangelism: 3 Lies About Students Spreading the Gospel


Student evangelism is one of the most exciting parts of being a youth leader who lives out a Gospel Advancing Ministry. When teenagers first put their faith in Christ, they’re excited and refreshed by the Spirit of God. He has washed them of their sin and marked them as a child of God for all eternity.

New believers tend to be enthusiastic about their faith. They’re ready to evangelize with anyone who comes across their path. But sometimes lies about student evangelism squelch this fire. The lies say teens are too young, too inexperienced, and don’t know enough about their faith. But to model gospel advancement, youth leaders must equip and encourage all students—no matter how young—to take up THE Cause.

Youth leaders and teens: Never believe the following three lies about student evangelism.

3 Myths About Student Evangelism

Myth #1. Teenagers are too busy to make disciples.

“Sports, clubs, homework, youth group, hangouts, work… My students are too busy to make disciples.” How often have you heard parents say this? Often a parent will look at their teenager’s schedule and give them a pass on fulfilling THE Cause. This can be hard to navigate. After all, you don’t want to discredit a teen’s full schedule. But you also don’t want to see them put their evangelism efforts or faith growth on the back burner.

Carefully help teens (and  parents) see the priority of living a gospel-centered life. That means living and worshiping God in everything you do. Check out our Youth Group 2 Go lesson that addresses this topic here.

Help students and parents understand that living on mission means using whatever resources and talents God has given you to advance the gospel. For example, if a student is an athlete or involved on debate team, encourage them to reach their team with the love of Jesus. They can start conversations, pray for fellow teammates, and share the gospel through active, relational evangelism. When students realize they’re never too busy to share God’s love, they’ll begin to understand there’s a deeper purpose behind their God-given talents and interests.

Myth #2. Kids don’t know enough about Christianity.

The church’s mission has always been to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). But sometimes we get so caught up in training students with discipleship materials that we never get around to evangelism. Discipling students involves more than just taking them through a 12-week guide or a six-week foundations class. Although nothing is wrong with offering solid, biblical training, we must stay focused on the why behind it.