Dare 2 Share, Unshakeable Conference / April 2017 / Jay Jeanneret
On March 24-25, we took 12 students to an event called Unshakeable put on by Dare 2 Share Ministries. The event theme was based on 1 Samuel 17, David and Goliath. David faces an immense giant, which is something teens can certainly relate with today. Facing “giants” today can be preparing for a test, trying to make friends, or sharing their faith.
The conference consisted of inspirational speakers, amazing performances by Zealand Worship, an emotional drama, training to equip teens on how to share their faith and an impactful outreach event which put everything learned into practice.
So how does Dare 2 Share train teens on how to share their faith? They use a G-O-S-P-E-L acronym to help teens remember the core message of salvation:
G – God created us to be with Him - Psalm 100:3
O – Our sins separate us from God - Romans 3:23
S – Sins cannot be removed by good deeds - Romans 5:8
P – Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again - Romans 5:8
E – Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life - John 3:16
L – Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever - John 10:28
For the outreach portion, we took our group to Colorado Mills Shopping Mall in nearby Lakewood, Colorado. We divided into small teams of 3-4 and went our own ways to have gospel conversations with strangers. To some this was intimidating, to others it was exciting. This was for most the highlight of the weekend. Here are some student testimonials about their conference experience:
-“My favorite part was the drama in session one and I learned different ways to share my faith with others.”- Isaiah
-"Dare 2 Share helped me get closer to God. It was awesome!" – Sean
-"Dare 2 Share was one of those profound experiences that God finds a way to work into our lives and it was amazing to be a part of. I always love the atmosphere of such events in how passionate everyone is for the Lord. Evangelizing across town was probably where I learned the most as it directly applied our passion for the Lord to an action in the real world. I hope to carry this into habit and heart as I continue my relationship with Christ." – Anders
-“My favorite part about Dare 2 Share was learning how to share the Gospel and putting it to work. We always learned about sharing our faith, but have never put into practice. Overall, I found the whole thing to be a great help! I learned a ton and can't wait to go to Dare 2 Share Live in September.” – Savanah
-"Dare 2 Share was life changing. My favorite part was going out into the community and telling others about Jesus." – Megan
- “Something I learned would be sin can take on many forms to control and distract us, but that we also have hope of conquering all types of sin with God. I really liked the dramatic presentation of how God forgives us… students got to write down sins they struggle with on a wall and then the wall was painted over in white and a red cross replaced all the written sins. It was cool and helped me to remember God's gift and see it in a new light. Finally, the reminder of how important it is to go out and witness was hard and nerve racking, but awesome!” – Elijah
-“Dare 2 Share taught me how to share the gospel with others. I learned how to start a conversation and how to teach others about the gospel using the acronym: GOSPEL - God, Our Sins, Paying, Everyone, Life.
I also learned that it is not our job to convince others that God is our savior but it is the Holy Spirit's job. It is our job to only teach others about God and the gospel. I really enjoyed Dare 2 Share and I hope we can do again sometime.” – Molly
Intercessory Prayer / October 2016 / Jay Jeanneret
I recently read an article in Christianity Today, titled "What do teenagers need from youth ministry?" by Drew Dyck. In summary, the article says don't water down the message in lieu of entertainment. According to the article and a study conducted by the Barna Group, "80 percent of those reared in the church will be "disengaged" by the time they are 29". The president of the Barna Group, David Kinnaman paints a picture of what this looks like. He says "Imagine a group photo of all the students who come to your church in a typical year. Take a big fat marker and cross out three out of every four faces. That's the probable toll of spiritual disengagement as students navigate the next two decades." So, what can be done? What are we doing to address this?
The Ignite program at the Commerce City campus is in its infant stages and we have a wonderful opportunity to address these challenges. One step we are taking is to keep the gospel message central to everything we do. At a recent youth leader conference I attended with team volunteers Karen Campbell and Scott Fair, we learned from the Dare 2 Share team, that there are strategies to having what they call a Gospel Advancing Ministry. The first step may seem obvious, but it starts with prayer, intercessory prayer. Dare 2 Share defines this as the engine of a Gospel Advancing Ministry. "When you lead from your knees, you see teenagers transformed spiritually, and they learn to leverage the same unstoppable prayer power on behalf of their campuses, classmates, and communities". We've taken this first step and as a result, we have committed to pray for students by name and we even implemented a Cause Wall, (see picture below) which is essentially a prayer wall. Each gathering (Midweek or on Sunday) students will have an opportunity to tag this wall with a prayer request or name of a friend they are praying for. At the conclusion of that gathering, another student grabs someone else's prayer off the board and commits to pray throughout their week.
I invite you reading to pray with us. Pray for students to be transformed by the renewing of their minds and to not conform to the ways of this world (Romans 12:2).
Picture of our Cause Wall
Who: Ignite Students (6-12th graders)
What: Annual Camping Trip
When: July 7-9
Where: Blackhawk, CO
Why: Because it’s awesome!
On July 7-9, the Ignite middle and high school groups (6th-12th grades) will once again be going to Blackhawk, Colorado for the annual camping trip. This year's theme will be, "Dare to Prepare Your Heart!" While having tons of fun, the students will be inspired and challenged to prepare their hearts for what God might have planned for them.
Cost: $35 for 2 nights sleep and all your meals!
Reserve Your Spot by Wednesday, May 17