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A Roadblock to Evangelism in Youth Ministry: You? Me?

In my years in full-time youth ministry I have seen a number of  youth ministries who have developed a culture of evangelism… The distinguishing factor? The ones leading the ministry live and breathe evangelism in their lives outside youth ministry. (Or you could say they live and breathe evangelism in every area of their lives). But, for many of us, the only people we talk to about Jesus are our students in our own ministry…

However, if you and I are not living out evangelism in our lives outside of youth ministry, we should not expect our students to be committed to reaching their friends and family either…

Roadblocks to Evangelism

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Evangelism: Is Your Youth Ministry Marginally Missional?

It’s possible you have seen the video above? Whether or not you have seen it before, I would encourage you watch it and then use it as a lens to look through as you survey your youth ministry.

For me, my huge takeaway is this: I often put an huge amount of my time into the creation of programs and events, while only putting a small amount of time into teaching my students how to share their faith. If we stand back and really think about it, we have a huge number of potential student ‘missionaries’ in our youth ministries.

And here’s the hard reality for us: Continue Reading…

Helping Students Share their Faith: Evangelism is More Than a Test

It was a Sunday afternoon.  A portion of our student ministry had committed, along with our entire church, to embark on a 16-week series about evangelism.  There was a simple, easy-to-remember formula for hitting the ‘high points’ of salvation and grace in any given conversation.  After that – the practicum.  Each week we spent time memorizing, practicing, coaching, and applying.

Something was missing, though.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it…until about week 11.

Test Exam Evangelism

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Roadblocks to Evangelism: Three Excuses Why Students Don’t Talk to Others

Romans 10:9 tells us,  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Evangelism Roadblock

Just last week I was discussing this verse with my small group of student leaders.  I asked them to explain the verse to me.  They went on to talk of what it means to “believe” in our heart who Christ is and how that brings us into a relationship with him.  We talked about how confessing here is agreeing with Jesus that we can’t “DO” anything to be “saved,” instead it is believing in who Jesus is and what he did for us.  Someone pointed out the idea that we are confessing Jesus to be Lord, and understanding what we are saved from.

Pressing even further I put out this suggestion:  “Although telling others about your relationship isn’t mentioned in this verse, what do you think about that idea? “  They of course gave me the “Sunday School” answer (these are my student leaders after all) and said they thought it was a good idea. After all if you love Jesus you should tell others right? So I asked,  “When is the last time you told someone about your relationship with Jesus,  and inquired if they have one too?”

Silence.   Followed by looking everywhere but me in the eye.   Followed by more silence.

“What stops you? “  I asked. This is when they discussed three major roadblocks to students “evangelizing.” Continue Reading…