When (Almost) No One Shows Up

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Found at Youth Specialties Blog

written by Matt Larkin

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a gathering of youth workers from smaller churches. We were having a discussion about issues that specifically relate to ministry in a smaller setting, and the issue that much of the group seemed to be struggling with is what to do when only one or two students show up. While many of us have never struggled with this problem, for those serving in smaller settings with groups of five to ten students, there may be weeks when almost all of your handful of teenagers have something going on. So what do you do when you’ve planned for ten and you get two? Or if you’ve planned for six and you get one?

First of all, there are few more deflating things for youth workers in any size church than planning an event—or even a weekly meeting—and having fewer students than you planned for. All that planning, time, and money can just kind of feel as if it’s going to waste. Also, if you’re working through something like a multi-part series that you want all your students to benefit from, you really want to make sure all your students are there. There are numerous reasons why almost no one showing up can be deflating, but we’ve got to press on through those moments. And there are definitely some things we can do to make sure those weeks of only one or two students will be fruitful and maybe even uplifting for us, too!

  1. Use the great relational opportunity God has placed in front of you.

It may not seem like it, but when only one or two teens show up, God’s just given you a really neat opportunity that youth workers in larger churches rarely get. You have the opportunity for some great one-on-one time with students—take advantage of it!

  1. Make plans that can be effective even if the whole group doesn’t show up.

Small-church youth workers have to be particularly adaptable. You’ve got to be able to make plans that’ll work no matter the group size. So, pick games that will work as well with two students as they will with eight. Create back-up plans so you can accommodate the fluctuating size of your group.

  1. Keep the quality high no matter who shows up.

When only a couple of kids show up, there’s always going to be a temptation to just phone it in—especially if you’re feeling discouraged. Avoid that temptation. Make sure that even if only one or two teens show up, you’ve put everything you can into making that event or youth meeting the best one they’ve ever been to.

  1. Stick with your long-term plans.

If you’re working through a multi-part study or have set long-range goals, don’t sacrifice them just because a few students are missing. If you jump ship on your plans with the students who do show up, you run the risk of making them feel less valuable than the kids who aren’t there. So keep your long-range goals intact, and keep working through your long-term plan. God knew who was going to be there when you prayed through that plan in the first place.

  1. Whatever happens, don’t forget that God has called you to wherever He has you.

It’s common—especially in small church ministry and especially after a down week—to start to question your calling. You’ll start to wonder if you’re really cut out for youth ministry or if you’re doing something wrong. But, especially after the down weeks when almost no one shows up, don’t forget that God called you to where He has you. Even if it doesn’t always seem like it, and even through those down weeks, God has called you there for a purpose.

It may be years before you know the impact that one-on-one Wednesday evening had on that student. But it’s those times when our plans fall through and we feel deflated that God often shows up and uses us in ways we never expected. Stay the course. Remember who called you. He may be doing things right in front of you that you won’t want to miss . . . even when almost no one shows up!

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5 Characteristics Of Healthy Discipleship In Your Youth Ministry

But, I think there are some common characteristics of healthy discipleship no matter what context you’re in.

As you read these, ask yourself to what degree you see them in your youth ministry.

1. Gospel Focused
No matter how you teach the Bible, or what you’re teaching, it must be taught through the lens of the Gospel. When we make our Bible teaching too much about application, or cultural relevance, or entertainment, we fail students. The good news of God’s rescue plan for humanity, as fulfilled in Christ, must be the foundation of your teaching efforts.

Too often we make our Bible teaching about doing. Do this. Don’t do that. Right actions won’t make disciples. But consistently bringing our students face-to-face with the Gospel will.

2. Relationally Centered
Relationally centered as opposed to program, or event centered. Think about the relationships Jesus formed with His disciples. Life was shared. It wasn’t Jesus merely dumping information on His followers. There was real relationship. Jesus and His disciples shared life together. It was reciprocal, too. Jesus allowed His disciples choice moments to see His frustration, His concerns . . . the human side of “fully God, fully man.”

We have to embrace the relationships we have with students, not as a means to an ends. We must truly share our lives with them, just as we ask them to share their lives with us.

3. Community Oriented
Healthy discipleship is relationally centered (focus on the individual), but fully embraces the gift of community (focus on individuals). I think this is one area where youth ministers are very effective. We have some built-in advantages working with teenagers, to be sure. But, it’s still a vital component of healthy discipleship.

4. Outward Reaching
You probably already create opportunities for your youth group to serve. Maybe you do mission trips, or volunteer at a retirement home. That’s awesome. Keep doing it. But, I would encourage you to break free from the “youth group wide,” program-centered approach, and to intentionally empower smaller groups of individual students to seek opportunities to impact their immediate world.

Leave it up to them to decide how it looks. But create the expectation that this type of outreach should be happening.

5. Multiplication Empowering
Plain and simple, if you’re doing discipleship the right way, your students will begin to desire to draw other people in. Some of these students might be fringe members of your youth group. Others will be their peers who do not have a saving relationship with Christ. Your role is to help guide and encourage your students to bring these outlying students into your community.

The “front door” of faith for this generation of young people is probably not an invitation to church. Instead, it’s an invitation to belong to a community. It’s “belonging before believing.” The logic behind this is pretty simple . . .

While a non-believer may say “no” to church based on preconceived notions or bad prior experiences, it’s much harder to say “no” to being truly accepted as a part of a community of peers who are daily living out the Christ-life. How much more authentic (and comfortable) is it for this individual to then be welcomed at your youth group when he or she already has a relationship with a group of students? It’s a paradigm shift, for sure, but one that I personally think is both true to the biblical example and where we find ourselves culturally.

And if you’re looking for a really nice (and FREE) resource on discipleship, check out our FREE e-book, “The 6 Traits Of Biblical Discipleship.” CLICK HERE to download it.

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Soul Care: Gazing at Trees

Article found at YouthWorker

Nicolas Herman was born in 1614 in eastern France. His family was extremely poor, which forced him to join the army. During his time in the Thirty Years’ War, Herman had an unusual experience. Staring and gazing at a tree with no leaves or fruit, somehow Nicolas intuitively sensed God’s redeeming grace and love, knowing the tree eventually would spring forth with new life—and his life could be transformed the same as the tree’s.

Nicolas Herman is known today as Brother Lawrence.

Following his death, friends put together his letters and crafted the writings into a book, which is today one of the most popular and profound books ever written, The Practice and Presence of God.

Brother Lawrence’s journey began as he focused on a tree, doing the hard work of silence, prayer and a radical discipline of thankfulness. As Brother Lawrence worked in the kitchen of the monastery, he came to see the beauty of seeing Jesus in every moment.

Practicing the Presence of God

Whether working in a kitchen, preparing a sermon, or cleaning one’s house, Lawrence believed no matter how big or small the task, “we can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”

Concepts such as being prostrate on the ground, gazing at trees, listening for Jesus in the now, all can be difficult. Or maybe we have made it too complex. Try this: Go outside and simply listen to the birds chirping. While you’re in a boring meeting, start looking for the presence of God. As you wake up, shower, wash the dishes, and get ready for bed, see Jesus in every moment.

Brother Lawrence writes, “I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.” Now, personally speaking, that is hard, to see only God and me.

Yet, there is something to it. Matthew 17 records the Transfiguration narrative in which Jesus takes Peter, James and John to the mountain alone…that is until two great leaders of the past show up, namely Moses and Elijah. Peter thought it would be a good idea to honor Jesus, Moses and Elijah when suddenly a voice from the cloud spoke. “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” Fear gripped the disciples, and they hit the ground. Jesus told them to get up and have no fear.

I love verse 8: “And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”

They saw only Jesus. It seems as if this Bible passage is what Brother Lawrence was speaking of: the ability to tune out all distractions, all hindrances, and only see Jesus.

Is this a hard thing for you do? Why not try an experiment when you wake up tomorrow morning? Set your heart and mind to see only Jesus. Start with baby steps. Ask Jesus to be present. Invite Him to the breakfast table. Read a devotional. Sing in the shower. Abstain from talk radio on the way to work. Slow down. Settle down. Meditate on a passage of Scripture. Take a slow walk in the woods. A famous line from Dallas Willard says, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Eliminate hurry, ruthlessly.

How do we care for our souls? How do we eliminate hurry? I suggest you begin with gazing at a tree. Somehow, in a mysterious way, end up only seeing Jesus. As Brother Lawrence indicated, our souls only need Jesus.

David Olshine is the director and professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture at Columbia International University in South Carolina. He is the author of the new Studies on the Go: James, 1-2 Peter and 1-3 John (Zondervan/Youth Specialties).

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A Free Discipleship Framework For Your Youth Ministry

Found at YM360

The process by which teenagers grow to become more like Christ looks a little different from church to church, doesn’t it? There are some similarities, of course. Some common elements you’d expect to find. But, the actual nuts and bolts of how this happens looks a little differently. But, we all want the same outcome. We all want to see students grow in their faith. We want them to become authentic Christ-followers. In a word, we want them to become disciples.

But what does a disciple look like? How would you define the end goal? The great thing is that we don’t have to try to pull this answer out of mid-air. The Bible has a lot to say about this.

A few years ago, we did a fun exercise. We read through the Bible looking for descriptions of disciples. We wanted to see the picture Scripture painted of what a Christ-follower looked like. As we compiled verses and passages, some common characteristics began to emerge. And as we distilled them further, we landed on six specific characteristics, or traits that all disciples have.

Over the years we’ve taught them in youth ministry workshops and in small groups, both with teenagers and adults alike. And these traits have helped us in our own lives think about our growth as Christ-followers. And because we think they’re a really helpful way to think about what we want our students to become, we want to share them with you, too.

We’ve put together an e-book that passes along these six discipleship traits and challenges you to consider how to implement them in your youth ministry. Our hope is that you can utilize this picture to see your grow closer to Christ, becoming more authentic followers as a result.

To download your FREE copy of The Six (Biblical) Discipleship Traits, simply CLICK HERE.

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The Pinch: Word Maps

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By Dusty Luthy

New Hope (Paducah) Youth Director

One of my favorite things to do in a group setting is to dig into scripture in a deep, meaningful way where everyone, regardless of spirituality, can participate.

Word Maps are one of my favorite tools to do this – and one of the most low-maintenance activities I do. I start with a circled theme word in the middle of a chalkboard, dry erase board or large newsprint and hand out related scriptures to different groups of kids. Our youth group at New Hope is on the large side, so three groups could have 8-10 kids each with one fairly meaty scripture or two shorter scriptures per group.

Each group then looks up that scripture, then reads it out loud and discusses what stands out to them. Then, we come together as a larger group, where each group shares their scripture. After reading the scripture, we then add words to describe/strengthen/explain the core word on the board, creating a bubble map. Use colored chalk or markers to make it eye-appealing.

Everyone is able to contribute, and because they’ve already discussed the scripture in a more intimate setting, they feel more comfortable sharing with the larger group. Using different Bible translations is also helpful to get a fuller use of language. At the end, the numerous bubble words help root the theme word in the youth’s brains so it has a more lasting definition.

Time needed: 30 minutes

Some themes to get you started:


1 Samuel 15:22

Psalm 100

Isaiah 29:13



Philippians 4:8

2 Timothy 2:21

Titus 2:11-14


Other themes to try: prayer, love, patience, sacrifice, Jesus, truth.

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Summer is Winding Down…Are You Ready?

Blog found on Youth Ministry 360 written by Andy Blanks

Part of interacting with youth ministers around the country (and around the globe) is that calendars vary pretty widely. For some of the youth ministers in the ym360 Community, Summer is just getting into full swing. But for many of us, the new school year will be starting in the next two to three weeks. (YIKES!) For those of us who find ourselves in this position, it’s time to really start thinking about what’s coming.

For those who find the school year rapidly approaching, you have just enough time to do some of those things you’ve been meaning to do since May but for whatever reason, haven’t.

Consider this our friendly reminder to take the plunge, and get to it!

The start of school represents so much opportunity as we minister to students, but before the time comes, here’s a loose list of things to help you get in the swing of kicking off the new school year:

Bible Study Stuff
• Are you thinking ahead for your sermon series for this year? You’ve still got plenty of time to begin blocking out passages, topics, and themes.
• If you utilize curriculum, have you purchased your curriculum for the Fall? The sooner you do it, the sooner you and your teachers can familiarize yourself with it, making any necessary changes, and beginning your preparation.
• If you need to get curriculum to your adult volunteers, you need to go ahead and get hoppin’!
• We would love to help you with this. We’ve got some great options to choose from if you’re looking for weekly curriculum.

Adult Volunteers
• Have you gotten your team together (however “team” looks for you) and set some goals for the upcoming year?
• Have you started the process of finding those last few adult volunteers you need for this next year?
• What are you going to do for your adult volunteers to get the new youth ministry year kicked off from a training perspective? What plans do you have to help them be excellent in what they do?

• Who are the students that have fallen through the cracks this summer? Those kids with whom communication doesn’t come as easy? Why don’t you make it a priority to contact them and set-up a time to meet with them before the year?
• Have you shared your vision for the new school year with your key student leaders? Have you asked for their input on any changes or insights that might be needed in your ministry? Now’s the perfect time to set this ball in motion.
• Have you followed up with your students on any experiences you’ve had together this summer? Maybe it was a mission trip, or a summer camp. Do you need to reach out to a student you’ve forgotten about or put off?

• What’s your plan to engage parents in a discipleship strategy?
• How are you planning on bringing them alongside your efforts to lead and teach their children?
• Not only is now a great time to be thinking about it, but to also to be making contact with parents about the upcoming school year.

• Is your Spring-cleaning long overdue?
• Could your youth room need a new coat of paint?
• Is it time to throw out that old couch?
• Need to de-clutter your office? A clear workspace is such a symbolic way to start the new year. Maybe you could even rearrange or redecorate to signify a new start to a new year.

Admin Stuff (Ugh)
• Have you put together your youth ministry calendar yet for the Fall? Copied in the football games for the high schools in your community? Put down your retreat dates? If you do it early, you can email it to parents and volunteers before the year starts.
• How do your roles look? I know, it’s not fun. But if you can get a hold on them now, you can save yourself some stress when school starts and things get really busy.

OK, there’s a start! What did we miss? What would you add? What is still left on your list to do to get ready for the new school year?

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The Be-Attitudes of Evangelism

Part 3 in this series on evangelism from Youth Specialties Blog. This series is written by Maina Mwaura and Sabrena Klausman.

I could smell the marijuana a mile away when Sean walked into the student center. Sean had been attending our church for a few months. Up until now, he hadn’t caused a lot of problems. As he got closer, I remember hearing the Sprit say, “Do not confront him out of anger but out of love.”

Sometimes the boundary between love and confrontation can get blurred in youth ministry. Sean had become a participating member of our student ministry in a unique way. He began attending because his grandmother had begged him for months to come. I will never forget Sean’s words after I approached him about his drug behavior.

“I don’t understand where you’re coming from, but I appreciate you coming to me out of respect.”

In John 4, Jesus surprises a nameless woman who is in need of help. Although she doesn’t realize that she is in the presence of Jesus, she soon discovers that what she has been thirsting for can only from him. The nameless woman noticed that Jesus is intimately acquainted with her.

When you and I are approaching students, we must realize that Jesus hasn’t called for us to judge, but to introduce them to a God who loves them just as they are.

If we are to approach students and lead them into a relationship with Jesus, there are four attitudes that we must embrace:


Jesus had a dying love for people. Even the woman at the well walked away knowing that she had met someone that showed a true interest in her.

 Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah? (John 4:29)  


Give your students the benefit of the doubt. Often there are unseen factors that drive destructive choices. Before Sean’s grandmother took him in, he had been abused. After understanding Sean’s background, it became very clear to me why Sean had fallen into drug abuse.


Unapologetically share with students what Christ did in your life and how he changed you. I can remember telling Sean how he and I shared some common life experiences and sin struggles. I will never forget him asking, “Even you struggled with sin?”


Relationships take time and investment. God has given us the authority to make that investment in such a time as this. We must take the authority that we have been given by Jesus Christ and embrace a culture and students who need to hear and see the gospel lived out.

I will never forget sitting with Sean as he crossed over from darkness into light. After a period of intentional relationship building, he accepted Christ. As I baptized him, I reflected back to our first confrontation. I can remember thinking and thanking God for the privilege to have been the one who introduced Sean to Christ.

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God Calls Everyone

"Here I Am Lord"

Article written by Milton Ortiz

Who? Me? Why would God call me? Why would the God of the universe be aware of me and want me to be a minister?  Perhaps the following common experience will help you to understand how this happens:  There is an urgent sense that God is calling us.  It never lets up.  It is a drawing, a wooing, and a tugging. There may be resistance, reluctance and excuse, and sometimes, refusal.  Finally, it becomes a conviction that we are chosen, called and commissioned by God to the ministry.

First, God Calls People to Salvation

The call of God needs to be discussed in the light of our assumption that God calls everyone.  It is the Cumberland Presbyterian belief that God calls all persons into a covenant relationship.  It is a call to salvation and an offer of a redemptive relationship with God, a call to a life dedicated to following Jesus Christ.

God acted redemptively in Jesus Christ because of the sins of the world and continues with the same intent in the Holy Spirit to call every person to repentance and faith.

Children of believers are, through the covenant, entitled to the sacrament of baptism and thereby become members of the household of faith. Such children are to receive pastoral oversight, instruction, and the care of the church, with a view that they repent of sin, personally confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and assume the full responsibilities of church membership.

Once we have entered into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we can expect that there may be other calls to various kinds of service; or to say the least, we have made ourselves open to them.

Then, God Calls People to Ministry

It is the biblical understanding that we are not only called to salvation, but to service.  Any work we do can be considered as a vocation of God through which we can minister.

We believe that God calls lay persons to serve in the church. They serve as elders, deacons, task force members, board members, teachers, administrators, officers in CPWM and similar organizations, leaders of youth and other age groups, presbyteries, and in many other ways.

But we also believe that God calls some to be ordained ministers. They will be moved toward ministry in the company of others who are charged with overseeing their growth and supporting their work.  Just as God acts to call them personally, God acts through the corporate body of the church to confirm their call.  Some will be pastors, missionaries, chaplains, teachers at a seminary, pastoral counselors and in many other ministries.

Who Will Answer God’s Call?

Saving faith is response to God, prompted by the Holy Spirit, wherein persons rely solely upon God’s grace in Jesus Christ for salvation.  Such faith includes trust in the truthfulness of God’s promises in the scriptures, sorrow for sin, and determination to serve God and neighbor.(1)  You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer.  He knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

What do you do if you sense a call from God to the ordained ministry? First, talk with your pastor.  If your church does not have a pastor, you should speak with the moderator of the session appointed by the presbytery.  This person will help you navigate the initial steps in the process.  He or she also will be a great resource for you, someone who can relate to the various questions you have and the emotions you undergo.  If and when the time comes for you to share your call with the local session, your conversations with the pastor or appointed moderator will allow her or him to support you confidently before the body.  The session, when appropriate, will be asked to endorse your coming under care of the presbytery as a candidate for the ministry.

(1) Confession of Faith, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Section 4.08, page 8

Extracts taken from the book An Introduction to Christian Ministry For Lay and Clergy Persons in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church by Morris Pepper.

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Mimicking The Church Down The Street

Part 2 of evangelism series on Youth Specialties Blog. This series is written by Maina Mwaura and Sabrena Klausman.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I loaded up my green Honda Civic, and headed to Atlanta. I had just graduated from seminary and was on my way to a mid-size church in suburban Atlanta. To be honest, this opportunity was what I had always dreamed of – my very own student ministry, with a large budget and the resources to go along with it. As I settled into my new home church, I can remember hearing these dreaded words: “The church down the street does youth ministry better.” 

Although most of us would love to believe that these words don’t matter, they do.

And they don’t just matter; they twist our thoughts so that, before long, we begin to believe that our ministry fails to measure up to the church down the street. Even worse, it can cause us to think that we’re not effective. Perhaps instead of doing something original, we just need to copy what the church down the street is doing.

In Acts 2, Jesus never calls the local church to carbon copy one another. In fact, he demands for us to love people. Yeah, it’s that simple – love people. When we love people, we think and plan around what the person needs, just like Jesus did with us. He made each of us uniquely different. Too many leaders are trying to compete with what someone else is doing. Yes, I said compete. I know it doesn’t sound nice, but it’s true. After 22 years in student ministry, I have come to realize the danger in emulating the church down the street. 

Let’s focus back on Acts 2:42-47. I love this passage not just because Jesus is laying the framework of the local church, but also because of the creativity that Jesus brings to the passage.

Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. (Acts 2:43)

Jesus is disclosing to the early church that he is the one who brings awe and wonder. As student leaders, when we decide to follow the creator in reaching students, I truly believe that Jesus will bring the awe and wonder. So the next time you struggle with wanting to mimic the church down the street, remember the following truths:

  1. Jesus desires for you to ask him how to reach your students that are far from God. Your primary source of wisdom not whatever model the student pastor down the street is embracing.
  2. By being creative, you are never more receptive to the desires of what the Holy Spirit wants you to do. Remember to embrace awe and wonder.
  3. When we are asking God to give us his dreams and desires for reaching students, we will find something that only he can give – individual wisdom. Remember that we are asking students to follow him, not the church down the street.

I truly believe that when we compare ourselves to Christ, and not the church down the street, than we will find the growth that we are looking for, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)

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Idol Evangelism

This series was found on Youth Specialties Blog. This series is written by Maina Mwaura and Sabrena Klausman.

We’re excited to share this Evangelism Series on the YS Blog! Over the next few weeks, Maina Mwaura and Sabrena Klausman will dig into how youth ministries approach evangelism and start some great conversations. 

During seminary, my husband was required to memorize a two-page evangelism script, after which he embarked into the community, visiting strangers in their homes. In one particular home, he connected immediately with the man, bonding over shared interests. In the man’s garage my husband introduced him to Jesus. As the class left the neighborhood they informed him that he’d gotten it all wrong. Script first, Holy Spirit second. It would seem that venturing off the script could cause world-altering chaos to ensue.


The only thing worse than the sky falling is to be beneath it when it collapses. Winter is devastatingly beautiful. The tiers of translucent ice glaze the fragile branches of the trees, and a silencing blanket of God’s control smacks the face of our utter lack of control. Snow collects on the canopy of trees, creating what agriculturalists coin as widow-makers. As the season advances, the sap is unable to reach the end of the branches and the limb, cut off from the source, slowly dies. The trees morph from peaceful sculptures to kamikaze pilots. You never know when a limb will come crashing to the ground, taking out everything in its wake.


Winter in ministry will also come, times when the surrounding culture is frigid, and resistant to change. During these times, we take comfort in the way things have always been. Gazing upon our tree of evangelism, we become mesmerized by the haunting beauty and ignore the danger. Brushing the snow off our Roman’s road script, we passionately preach one evangelistic script from the stage. We encourage students to hide these verses in their hearts, so they will always be prepared to reach out to every stranger they meet (all good things). But we ignore the peril of propping up man’s tradition as an idol. In doing so, we block the sap of the Holy Spirit from giving life to our efforts. 


As weight of winter settles, the cracks in our one-size-fits all evangelism script begin to appear. As the seasons change, so does our culture. What once thrived has been cut off from the life of the tree, the Holy Spirit. The vitality of the system is compromised and the method dies. If we leave it there, just to honor our tradition, we risk destroying our influence. 

“Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way; walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the left or the right. And you will defile your graven images… and he will give you rain for the seed.”

Isaiah 30:21-23a

Don’t get me wrong. Within itself, there is nothing wrong with the script; yet, because the Holy Spirit lives within us, we have a mighty reconciliation power at our disposal. Our tendency to worship systems trips us up every time. It is time to move beyond the script and grab the chainsaw. The sky is about to fall.

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