reimagine discipleship (2)

GUEST POST: Discipleship + Mentoring ---> Evangelism

ADKq_NaXEe81g1OGq67d_a7N3xj-rAd5zq7qa6BHgx_w2qm0dEx74QNRRf64l68BuiPIfhMMfE18kULifueLuwGAlRkvT23GZDWqa_XCadh0T-XUGlvi9PHIT7jiXdu8mV-Y9gA50F4bVZYP_mK99171PU32VdG40xtQtTs=s0-d-e1-ft#<a href=

Ripple Effect of Mentoring Evangelists

ADKq_NYZHpj2XFAQnPlwvDn6FE2M-GnUATzsGve9EEKjgb6GVHEaH_XHFpTvjC8nRruK010dqkuepn-62DwnjYD8xwFUx7M-wseH877ro3A8wWgwOodGP58xYWGbcGtPYb7jPmy-5sdKnsfvU3MTh7DL_9RfCPjWJ3VG4D0=s0-d-e1-ft#<a href=

Mark, Heather, Kate, Addie, and Don
For four years Mark has led a local monthly mentoring group for a few people passionate and gifted in evangelism.  Originally begun as a one-year Advance Group as part of a Luis Palau initiative Mark was leading, this group bonded together across our generations and continued beyond one year.  Each person has a unique passion for sharing the gospel with specific types of people – junior high and high school students, Mormons, homeless people, people with Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Throughout these years we walked through challenges together personally about sharing the gospel in our lives and words in this often-confusing cultural moment.  Using various resources, we discussed numerous topics together – the biblical gift of the evangelist, the essence of the gospel, apologetics, new evangelism training resources, and living in a moment in the midst of deconstruction and increased opposition to Christian faith.  It was rich for everyone, spurring us on to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5) in bringing Jesus’ hope and Good News.


ADKq_NZ93e6T49qvrOZa9F5A96vqWDEUHYP1kZEK10k-gx6DhWxuDZMCBfV2pY7PhvYVCi_txq5QCV678nvmgTAEvhXKicwrwKkKl_eo4A1SkGRkYd2IvWkNVllJbbUCZIZUOicxezKL__UTsIBVpDVRx5aMysgFysbgHCs=s0-d-e1-ft#<a href=
After a season of prayer and discernment, we realized it was time for our group to end.  Often it’s often hard for us to admit when something needs to end!  However, for various reasons it was time.
At our final official gathering, we celebrated all God had done.  Then Mark exhorted everyone from Scripture to remain faithful to the gospel and spread what we’ve learned to others in our various churches and places of influence.
ADKq_NYRBeVgUwbbKPXIfIrbrDgS4dB7IfXxIiAzPtWcY-oPJNLn7bDrpEIuxJvIZPJaOgPqu-ISqBKqAvO-1c7IKVTSdVSvy0hg8il0i1Q1SufEY2tlIkmRllpk3FT9YzbnsngKbB9XiXaNwBQd4cpwwwXhvyK7yHLab-M=s0-d-e1-ft#<a href=
Just 5 days later, one group member texted to the group how God had already worked.  She remembered Mark sharing, “It’s important to have other people who are passionate about evangelism to share the wins and losses together.”  She began pondering if her church had any type of group like this.  The next day one of her pastors emailed her about meeting to help them think through missions and outreach at their church!  As she shared the providential timing of his email, he was blown away!  They now plan to survey people at church about evangelism, and then from that survey build an evangelism group that meets monthly.  The pastor then asked her to do a workshop to help people be better equipped in sharing their faith in their everyday life! 
She concluded by saying, “The roots are already spreading from our group!  Thanks to each of you for helping me grow!” 
That’s the power of intergenerational mentoring!  Investing time in people flows like a river to places we could never imagine… all for the glory of God and His Kingdom!

Please Pray For.....

  • Mark, Heather, Kate, Addie, and Don as they spread the Gospel in their individual places of influence.
Copyright © 2024 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 7, Noblesville, IN. 46061-0007


Read more…

Guest-Post: Rethink Youth Ministry

Guest-Post: Rethink Youth Ministry


It’s time to end the “insanity” of typical youth ministry

Start a revolution.

img-greg-stier-headshot-blog-dare-2-share-300x295.jpg?profile=RESIZE_180x180Greg Stier

Someone once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

This is true in life. This is true in youth ministry.

For the last 50 years youth ministry has pretty much stayed the same. We do the same kinds of meetings we’ve always done (midweek, Sunday morning, etc) and do the same kinds of things in those meetings (play games, sing songs, give announcements, teach a lesson, eat snacks, etc.) In addition to these same-old weekly meetings, we do the same kinds of annual events (winter retreats, summer camps and special events) where the same types of things happen.

We do the same thing over and over again, week after week, month after month, year after year…and expect different results.

But, for the most part, the results are the same…and extremely disheartening.

According to one massive research project ( we are losing one million Christian teenagers per year, and will continue to do so for the next 35 years, if something doesn’t drastically change. These teenagers aren’t just leaving their churches. They are leaving their faith completely.

To keep doing what we are doing is insanity. Something must radically change.

So what’s the solution? Is it to dump the whole concept of youth ministry? No! No! No! We will never reach the next generation if we stop focusing on reaching and discipling Gen Z.

It’s not time to stop doing youth ministry.

It’s time to stop doing it the WAY we are currently doing it. It’s time to do what Jesus did to reach, train and mobilize his mostly teenaged disciples.

  • He prayed with unparalleled wisdom on who to focus on (Mark 3:13)
  • He invested in the few and mobilized them for mission (Mark 3:14)
  • He trained them along the way (Luke 10: 1-20Luke 11:1-13)
  • He offered salvation as a free gift to everyone but required 100% commitment to be a part of his leadership team (Luke 14:15-35)
  • He had a strategy of disciple multiplication that is as relevant now as ever (Matthew 28:18-20)

…and so much more!

What if we let the “youth ministry” philosophy of Jesus drive our youth ministry model? What if we focused on building a strong leadership team (aka “the disciples”) who were all in to lead the way for spiritual growth and Gospel Advancement for the other teens in our youth groups? What if we stopped catering to the apathetic kids to try to get them to like us and enjoy youth group and started really making and multiplying disciples?

Sound unrealistic?

Tell that to Doug Henry, a full-time law enforcement officer in Missouri who doubles as a youth leader. He has built his youth ministry on these principles. God is using him and his on-fire-for-Christ teenagers to shake his town for Jesus.

Tell that to Jerrod Gunter, a youth leader in inner city Memphis, who has implemented these principles and kicked off a city-wide (and growing nationwide) ministry called Riotstarters, whose goal is to change the way youth ministry is done in the inner city and mobilize urban teens for what he calls “a Gospel solution” to the problems these teens uniquely face.

Tell that to Morgan Marshall, who leads Storyline church’s youth ministry in my home town of Arvada, Colorado. She and her team have a vision of being used by God to help reach every single one of the 14,000 teenagers in Arvada with the Gospel. Morgan knows that to do this a Gospel Advancing network of youth leaders must be built so that youth groups can work together to see “every teen everywhere” in Arvada hear the Gospel from a friend.

Tell that to Don Olding, a Continent shaking South African ministry leader who has launched these principles in countless youth ministries across 12 African countries through his amazing ministry Go-Live-Dare . His mission is to see every teen everywhere in Africa hear the Gospel from a friend. The movement has so much momentum in Africa that he and his family are moving to Italy in 4 days to work with Stefano Longo to expand it all across Europe.

Talk to any one of the 10,000 youth leaders worldwide who have decided to, by God’s grace, stop the insanity of typical youth ministry and, instead, start a revolution in youth ministry!

What does it look like? How do you get started? Click here.

It is time to stop doing the same things again and again and expecting different results.

It’s time for a new philosophy of youth ministry (that’s actually 2,000 years old!)

For a deeper dive on this philosophy download my free book Gospelize your Youth Ministry and read it!


Continue reading

quarantine, virus, coronavirus-4925797.jpg
secret, hands over mouth, covered mouth-2681508.jpg
Unlikely Fighter by Greg Siter. An image of Christian Author Greg Stier's new christian book entitled Unlikely Fighter.

Unlikely Fighter


The story of how a fatherless street kid overcame violence, chaos, and confusion to become a radical Christ follower.

Read more…