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youth evangelism course
Transcript of youth evangelism course
we must define the drop-out problem and we must then interpret its urgency
Evangelism Is Not merely:
-Imposition or spreading guilt
-Personal Testimony w/o a decision
-Social Action w/o the message
-Apologetics and defense
e·van·gel·ism (e-vanj-lzm) n.
1. Zealous preaching and dissemination of the gospel, as through missionary work.
2. Militant zeal for a cause.
the missionary, reforming, or redeeming spirit
evident throughout the history of Christianity
in various guises or emphases
2. Barna.org (research engine updates over last 6 months)
3. www.fedstats.gov (Statistics and research articles)
4. www.wiki.com (Research engine for encyclopedia)
1. Noetic.org (shift in action, science and spirituality)
5. www.google.com (search engine)
6. www.ted.com (research and resource site)
Current Trends in Youth Culture
//Does it look like 75% of teens
are Christian in America today?
//Paganism or wicca is not growing,
but neither is Christianity
//Rapid pluralization or religious diversity
is over-stated by the media
//Nearly all U.S. teens affiliate
with one religion or faith (97%)
//3 out 4 teens consider their own faith
similar to that of their parents
//63% of non-religious parents do not
retain their children as non-believing
(lost them to some kind of faith)
“U4” Resistant = 21%
“U2” Receptive = 27%
“U1” Highly receptive = 11%
“U3” Neutral” = 36%
Generation Age (in 2007) Percent of generation outsiders to Christianity Size in the US
Adult Mosaics and
Busters* 18–41 37 % 34 million
Older Mosaics and
young Busters* 16–29 40 % 24 million
Totals 77% 58 million
The Outsiders—: A Growing Part of Our Society
“At first, I took on the project because I felt we would learn how Christians could connect more effectively with people outside the faith. If we understood outsiders’ objections, I reasoned, perhaps we could better connect with them. But what we found was their perceptions are more than superficial image problems.”
unwillingness to change
lack of action
4 talking points on the american church
"...the vast majority of outsiders have been to Christian churches and have heard the message of Christ...What they react negatively to is our 'swagger.' We (Christians) have become famous for what we oppose, rather than who we are for." p. 26
Six broad themes
that young post-moderns
have against Christians
too focused on converts
The National Study of Youth and Religion
1. Modifies the finding that highly religious youth do much better in life than their less religious peers.
2. Moderately religious young people struggled
the most in life.
3. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth
God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions
The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself
God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem
Good people go to heaven when they die.
Almost-God is none of these things. Teens don’t want or need Almost-God. They need the God that the church has denied them.
the principles that brought spiritual transformation in the NT church still work today
idea-virus takes over...
early Christianity was viral
moderation of re-inventing
where do ideas come from?
organizing youth ministry for excellence
-Administration is a gift of the Spirit
-But, it can be grown as a fruit with skillset development
-Recruitment, training, and establishing of adult and student leaders
-Youth ministry bannering and philosophical mission
The process of communicating the biblical Gospel in such a way as to make it meaningful to the people of any given cultural context.
ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA DEMOGRAPHIC
most teenagers follow the faith of their parents
teenagers do not feel religion is a big deal
single most influential factor in a teens life is parents
US teens say they are christian
how do we create supply and demand?
spiritual literacy is weak among US teens
highly religious teens are doing better in life
branding with website, apparel,
logo, events, and message series
tell the stories
preach and teach the word
'in a variety of important outcomes'
pluralism v. monotheism
spiritual formation models like
small group, mentoring, coaching
morality, civic involvement,
family dynamics, relationships
how did GRACE (jesus) change history?
the diminishing word
creating relational ministry
school and university plan
understanding authority and systems
glossary of terms:
-intentional sharing of the Gospel for the purpose of conversion and regeneration
-an angel bearing good news
-a Protestant minister or layperson who serves as an itinerant or revivalist
-a preacher of the gospel
-a person who first brought the gospel to a city or region
-a person marked by evangelical enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel
The un-churched culture that makes up people aged 12-29 are your context
-a particular form or stage of civilization, a certain nation or period
-the majority group
-a set of ideas that becomes the norm
-human beings, as distinguished from animals or other beings
-the entire body of persons who constitute a community, tribe, nation, or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, religion, or the like
-a progressive development of ideas toward a particular conclusion
-change and flow
-the pace of life
Contextualization / Incarnational…
-in the form of, or, of a certain way
-an interrelated condition -surrounding something in its setting
-material manifestation of an idea or immaterial thing, a concrete or actual form of something
Missional or target specific…
-what is your graph or your plan?
-if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll never get there!
-skaters, athlete’s, urbans, subs, black, white, rich, or poor
'a portrait of a people.' It is a written description of the customs, beliefs, and behavior of a particular culture or tribe.
defining the problem...
4 Realities of Our Generation...
christianity is not the default anymore
to counter authority
we need integrity in PROGRAMMING
to counter access
we need to be present
to counter alienation
we need healthy families
the typical believer will die without leading one soul to christ
no person on our spiritual radar for conversion
not my responsibility
Tipping Points in Youth Ministry
lecture on stier 1-3
WHAT CREATES A MOVEMENT?
what are the 'Hills' for you?
The Hills We Die On...
evangelism and transitional statements
“What was your father like?” (In the case of a father who died or is absent)
“Just remember that God loves you more than your earthly father”
“You will be able to stop this behavior in your family because someday you will have kids”
“What are you doing tomorrow?”
“Do you wanna go to the mall (concert, movie, game, etc.) this weekend?”
"I have felt the same way too."
“What are you involved in?"
"Not everyone who is surrounded by people has friends”
“I have learned being a part of
an organization brings relationship to me and gives me the opportunity to speak into other's lives."
“What is your most memorable game?” (A shot, specific play, hard hit, etc.)
“Not many people have had perfect seasons and your life isn’t going to be perfect either”
“Baseball players can get on base 30% of the time and be an all-star”
"The bible speaks a lot about athletics."
“If you were going to lose your house in a fire what would you take from home first?”
“What are the two things you have that are eternal” (You and someone else)
"Look at everything you have. Are you Satisfied?"
"I want you to think of one person you have made better through your life."
Developing A Campus Presence:
evangelism that is multi-generational
prax for becoming multi-generational
spiritual death and institutionalism
failing to follow through
•Rampant consumer capitalism and materialism with life goals
•Ongoing failures in education and distance between education and the church
Hyper-individualism has created pluralism and lost absolutes
Postmodernist moral relativism
Non-religious American culture except in
LOST IN TRANSITION...
5 findings from Smith
Faith and The Church
F A I T H produces miraculous:
the church has lost their expectation for the supernatural. while our culture is fascinated with it.
F A I T H is essential for eternity:
the Western church tends to define Christianity by our present comfort and have lost sight of eternity.
Do we have F A I T H that the gospel can change lives?
in the church we tend to make belief a pre-requisite to belonging.
If your F A I T H isn't worth giving away, is it worth keeping?
Christians are less likely than a decade ago to share their faith with others.
Learning how to pass on a faith worth living (story)
The changing nature of access and alienation (service/creativity)
Questions about authority in the new Millenials (spiritual leadership/trust)
Increasing relations with Para-Church (fca, first priority, 7Project)
Intercession and praying
becomes the key to
unlock campus resistance (prayer)
The word produces F A I T H:
We must build a greater
scriptural literacy in the entire church if we are
going to have an impact
upon our culture.
a: "belonging or native to a particular people or country. b: characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment"
The Loss of a Default Religion and Ethic
The Dis-engaging from Cultural Structures
The Loss of a Default Religion and Ethic
1. A carrier that is courageous
2. A sneeze that is infectious
3. A virus that is contagious
the tipping point concept
tell the whole story (Acts 17.24)
loving and holy balance (Acts 17.26-27)
great opening line (Acts 17.2-3)
Infecting Postmodern Students with the Age-Old Virus (Acts 17)
relevant examples in your peer context (Acts 17.28)
apologetics and logical teenagers (Acts 17.31)
KNOWLEDGE (The intellect of a youth ministry can transform a culture much faster than one that is shallow if it has this trait)
AUTHORITY (The youth ministry that develops a spiritually powerful ministry will find itself with this trait in the community they live in)
CREDIBILITY (When a youth ministry has integrity, it will be seen as having this trait in the eyes of the youth in the community)
TRUST (If the youth of a community have this kind of confidence in the church, the relationship of the local youth ministry and the youth of the community will be strong)
The Four Tipping Points of a Youth Ministry in the Community
in 1960, what issues
were thrust to the
forefront of society?
original assumption: The Church exists to prepare the next generation to fulfill God's purposes and a battle ensued with an older generation
anti-science - Stewardship
Creating a 'New Mind'
being able to lead students through the stages of spiritual formation
understanding the teen world
leveraging the social media phenomenon
honor is a lost value
ethnography V. demography
the most effective placement of the gospel into the youth setting requires great contextualization
The “Engle” Scale
the road from Antagonist to Enthusiast requires understanding, patience, and wisdom
affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time
mentoring, genuiness, intergenerational
guiding the calling and dreams
producers, application, and experience
The Massive Disruption of Relationship
The Dis-engaging from Cultural Structures
The Loss of a Default Religion and Ethic
The Original Plan of God for Human Redemption
but think they
To Go Or Not To Go
the church is seen as an expression killer
the church is seen as formulaic
the church is seen as unwilling to ask questions
the church is seen as unrelatable
to the topics of our culture
the church is seen as intolerable
the church is seen as a place
that is always right - even if
they don't know something
“biblical theology” that is not just theology that is biblical, but theology that is the “...confessional recital of the acts of God in history."
“cultural meaningfulness.” The process of communicating the biblical Gospel in such a way as to make it meaningful to the people of any given cultural context.
Scripture itself, as the Word of God written, constitutes the most authentic and effective instrument of contextualization
Prax to make this happen:
(Ventura, CA) If you want to understand the future, you have to understand those who will dictate the contours of the future. One shift that should trouble leaders in the Christian Church is the superficial relationship that most teens have with Christianity – and their plans to reduce their already minimal commitment to the Christian faith.
One thing that has not changed much is the number of teens who have an interest in faith. For more than a decade, teenagers have been among the most spiritually interested individuals in the nation.
Explained George Barna, as he presented the research to a group of parents and educators in Los Angeles, "Teenagers patronize churches and other event-oriented organizations because they are seeking a compelling experience that is made complete and safe by the presence of people they know and trust..."
how can we communicate
the gospel to them?
and evangelism models
do we know their culture?
new thinking: The Church is a partnership of generations fulfilling God's purposes in time...
we must steward young people's gifts and talents
Repressive - Relational
we must live by a relational sexual ethic that rejects traditionalist embraces individualist narratives of sex
Exclusion - Embrace
demonstrate exclusive nature of Christ by
rekindling our empathy for the 'other'
One of the greatest impacts upon youth culture
in the last 50 years may have happened in the 1960's with the removal of PRAYER and BIBLE reading from public schools in consecutive years:
1962 (Engle V. Vitale)
1963 (Abington V. Schemp)
describe an effective evangelistic
of the most important issues in youth culture,
which 2 are the most important to address?
you move into a community. what is the first decision you make in youth ministry?
what are the best transitional statements
on the top youth issues?
original assumption: we lost the schools.
new thinking: train campus missionaries who can reach the campus
in the 1980's, the Jesus Movement
was ending, but, the Youth Movement
(MTV) was in full swing.
in 2000, what issues
were thrust into the forefront
the next 50 years...
depends on what we are
creating in Youth Ministry today
training campus missionaries who
have complete access to campus (students)
5 ways JESUS (Grace) marked culture...
distal & proximity
these are the critical
essentials you would die for
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