There's something about evangelism that activates a generation. It moves Christianity beyond theory to reality. It forces a teenager to put skin in the game.
The adrenalin-filled process of evangelism causes teenagers to be put in a position where they have to do depend on God. With their social equity on the line (especially with their friends) everything is accelerated...including their spiritual growth.
Youth group gets more exciting, prayers get more fervent, youth group unity solidifies and, of course, Satan counterattacks! But the "big mo" of ministry momentum eventually wins out as we keep our hearts fully dependent on Christ.
To give your teenagers this experience make sure you get them to Dare 2 Share Live. With 72 locations from Puerto Rico to Fairbanks, Alaska this one-of-a-kind, highly inspirational day of outreach will, not only prepare your teeangers to share their faith, it will unleash them to do it...along with tens of thousands of teenagers across the nation!
4. Choose leaders who are on fire for Christ.
"The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher." Luke 6:40
If we want on-fire teenagers we need on-fire leaders. From student leaders to adult leaders we shouldn't settle for anything less than all in for Christ and his Cause!
On-fire people set people on fire. If you have lukewarm students you most likely have lukewarm leaders. If you have on-fire leaders you most likely have at least some on-fire teenagers.
That's why Jesus invested so much time into his leaders. By the time he ascended and his Spirit descended these disciples were leaving a scorched trail of changed lives behind them. They were now "like their teacher" to the degree that the religious leaders "were astonished and took note that they had been with Jesus" Acts 4:13.
When our student and adult leaders spend time with Jesus, get set ablaze by his Spirit, live out his cause and authentically pour into the lives of the teenagers in your youth group apathy will begin to disolve like dew in the midmorning sun.
Choose wisely...and stay on fire yourself!
What are some other ways to motivate spiritually apathetic teenagers?
This article was written by Greg Stier and originally appeared at his blog. Find it here.
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