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Dare 2 Share Ministries is beginning to move in a direction that we have been praying about and discussing for the past several months.  As you may know, Dare 2 Share is all about mobilizing teenagers to relationally and relentlessly reach their generation for Christ.  We are extremely committed to sharing the Gospel and training teenagers to do the same.  With that said, this new direction has us focusing in on the end result of training and equipping teenagers to share the Gospel.  We are beginning to aggressively dive into teen-to-teen evangelism OR what we also refer to as peer-to-peer evangelism among teenagers.

As we begin to do some research and gather data from other ministries who are also interested and invested in this cause, I was hoping that you as a Youth Leader/Worker/Director/Pastor would provide a little front-line feedback “from the trenches” for me.  Thanks for taking a few minutes to answer some or all of the following questions (if you only answer a few select questions, please indicate which questions with their number). 

  1. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting?
  2. Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends?
  3. If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so?
  4. What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends?
  5. What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism?
  6. What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends?

Another option, post a blog on this subject yourself and leave a link for me in the comments below.  I would love to read your thoughts on the topic.  Thanks again for your time and help!

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29 thoughts on “Teen-to-Teen Evangelism

  1. 1. Limited. A few teens are comfortable sharing their faith using their testimonies and using the GOSPEl Journey method.

    2. As I said, limited, but there are a few

    3. 10-15%

    4. Invincible Conference

    5. Complacency

    6. GOSPEL Journey, more aids with helping students share their testimonies, etc.

  2. Hey Jason – Here is the skinny version.
    1. We do a monthly outreach night, which has been adults sharing the gospel so far.
    2. Yes, we are seeing a select number of youth sharing their faith with friends.
    3. I would guess at 15-20% who are doing this.
    4. We teach our students the Bible (imagine that), hoping that it will equip them to have an answer for the hope that lies within them (1 Pet. 3:15).
    5. Probably the biggest obstacle in getting our students to do peer-to-peer is to not come off like we just want them to share their faith so our numbers can grow.
    6. Regarding resources, I’m not exactly sure. I’m not a curriculum guy (never have used it).

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  4. 1. As of lately we’ve hit a dry spell, but for the most part our students tend to share their at and during our group bible studies. They tend to focus on inviting them to Matthew House, but are not as active in sharing outside the group setting.

    2. see answer to question 1.

    3. about 5% to 10%

    4. Currently we are going through the GJM, but before that we took our student leaders through the GO Wide series. We use Soul Fuel but slightly modify it to fit our group. We also ask a lot of questions.

    5. The challenge is getting them to share within the context of everyday conversation rather then a systematic script or forced conversation.

  5. 1. Strong if you are talking about me as the pastor giving the Gospel. But, as far as the students…they are not evangelizing-sharing the Gospel with their friends.
    2. Some yes, but most of them-no.
    3. 5%
    4. Outreach activities, events, D2S, Bible studies, 1 on 1 meetings, Leadership Training
    5. Boldness, peer pressure
    6. Actual hands-on training for youth workers AND students. (1 Day training kind of thing like The Cove (E Team Training) that happened back in 02…?)

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  7. 1. Every year I take a few teens on a mission trip and they must learn how to share their faith in preparation to that trip. While there we do some door to door evanglism in the poorest of poor villages. The teen learn to share their faith, but seem to lost the focus when we return. I think part of the probelem is they count on their youth pastor or other adult leaders to pick up the slack here.
    2. No very few share their faith outside the mission focus or scheduled outreach activities.
    3. 10% or less
    4. I only focus on it during the prepration for the mission trips, and God has been dealing with me to make it a regular study. I must do more.
    5. The biggest challenge is teens do not like to be put on the spot about it. I think we have taught them that their lives are a living testomony of their faith and they are, but their mouth needs to be open and share why they are different. We need to encourage them to come out of their comfortable zone.
    6. I have used the 2-4-2 from D2S in the pass and like it. But I am open to anything.

  8. 1. We are training our teens to talk to their friends.
    2. No
    3. NA
    4. Invincible Conference, Go Wide
    5. Fear of response
    6.

  9. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting? STRONG
    Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends? YES
    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so? 20%
    What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends? DRAMAS
    What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism? CELLPHONES!!!!!!
    What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends? PAYING ATTENTION

  10. 1. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting?
    “To go and Make disciples” We take several trips to Ensenada Mexico on a missions trip and work with different pastors from local communities. We encourage our kids to attend. We teach them to Go and Spread the Gospel……
    2. Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends?
    Yes and No. Some are….but it’s normal. We do encourage out kids to share with friends and to always be open to listen to those in needs.
    3. If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so?
    20% I guess….
    4. What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends?
    We have meeting with the kids every now and then. We try to attend at least 2 -3 conferences per year. Curriculum….we Study a Book at a time. Currently we are doing Jeremiah. We read a Chapter during the week and we open for discussion and questions when we meet on Sunday. They come up with good questions and we try to apply these concerns to our every day life here now.
    5. What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism?
    Shyness, Communication Skills just to name a few….then there’s the Media, Music. We try to help them with “being open” to listen and not judge. Always showing Love and Compassion to others.
    6. What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends?
    “Prayer”. Prayer is the main resource and tool we have right now. We teach our kids that everything comes through prayer and obedience. We pray for wisdom and direction, especially during these teenage times filled with pressures and distractions.

  11. 1. Evangelism in our group setting looks like adults sharing the gospel and youth bringing their friends to hear it.
    2. Some yes
    3. 20-25%
    4. We take them to Dare 2 Share conferences and talk about the need to share with their friends throughout the year. We also encourage them to pray for them.
    5. Movtivation is a huge issue
    6. More examples of how to use everyday situations and topics to bring up the Gospel. I know that Dare 2 Share has some of this on their website involving current movies, music and things like this, but what I would like to see are examples of stories of someone actually using more of an everyday situation that students face in their schools and lives. The ability to see and use on the fly a wide variety of situations to share the Gospel is a skill that needs to be developed.

  12. 1. Strong from the adult leadership. Pretty weak student to student. We have a foreign exhange student in our youth group since August and none of his peers had explained the GOSPEL to him.
    2. No.
    3. Zero.
    4. Dare2Chare conferences, SoulFuel, Youthquest, Bible-based views, and now leadership equipping and mobilization with new MAP format
    5. Apathy.
    6. Dare2Share’s support and resources are huge in keeping me in gameday shape to keep encouraging not only God’s teens, but all His children. As I reflect, probably the biggest disconnect comes from the lack of evangelism in our adult congregation. The kids just are not seeing enough positive role models in the radical Christian life within their own homes and their own church.

  13. 1. We have not established an organized evangelism program yet, I just got here.
    2. I see them telling their friends about church and sharing their faith.
    3. I would say about 20%
    4. D2S Conferences, Bible teaching and Instruction
    5. 40% of my young people are stay themselves kinda teens. Getting them to come out of their shell is a hurdle.
    6. I do not usually use a curriculum but would like to see one on this subject.

  14. I appreciate your willingness to tackle this issue because it is vital to transforming this culture for Christ. I truly believe we are living in a stubborn and rebelious generation that can only be changed through the revival of a new Joshua Generation in the Youth. http://evangelizetheyouth.com/

  15. 1. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting?
    Right now, are kids are pumped about sharing their faith (since returning from D2S Invincible Tour). We are going to do some door-to-door evangelism next week & are planning a Student Evangelism Training Seminar, led by our students. That will be followed-up with a 9-week GOSPEL JOURNEY Maui Reality Series. This is a big step for us because we’ve been lagging behind a little on evangelism in the past.

    2. Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends?
    Yes – more so than ever before. Two hours after returning home from D2S, one of our quiet Junior High girls led a friend to Christ… the next day, she led another to Christ, talked to a third about her relationship, & invited yet another to youth group. We’re seeing God work in the lives of nearly all our students who attended the Invincible Tour.

    3. If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so?
    A little under half of our students… the one’s that aren’t, didn’t attend the conference. We’ll begin working on them in our upcoming youth services & evangelism trainings.

    4. What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends?
    Dare2Share Soul Fuel devo’s & You’re Next by Greg Stier… we also have the Deep & Wide materials, as well as both GOSPEL Journey series. (Planning on using them in the near future)

    5. What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism?
    They like their “group” the way it is… fear of rejection & ridicule… not able to carry out a real conversation (outside of IM & TXT)… shyness… insecurity, etc.

    6. What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends?
    ANYTHING WE CAN GET OUR HANDS ON!!! (Anything from D2S, Student Bibles, Follow-Up Resources/Materials, etc.)

  16. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting? Seen as something vital, yet intimidating at the same time…most of our group is new to the concept of actively evangelizing to the lost…

    Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends? Yes!

    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so? about 50% of the group has shared the GOSPEL with their close circle of friends at school….8 known salvations.

    What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends? D2S conference, books, Soul Fuel, other resources/publications, including basic sales techniques from business (i.e. Monroe, NPA/NPD, Refutational strategy, etc…)

    What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism? Teen fear of rejection is highest on the list…how to actually “start” a gospel related conversation without it appearing too “contrived”

    What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends? Video examples (from resources that don’t completely drain small churches budgets), roll-playing guides….

  17. 1. Our focus has been largely on discipleship. In fact, I’m on your blog now b/c I just finished reading ‘Ministry Mutiny’ and clicked the link from Greg’s blog that I visited after reading the book. So to make a long answer longer, evangelism hasn’t been too much of a focus for us. While we do encourage the teens to reach out as we teach our curriculum I haven’t been pushing it real hard.

    2. Yes.

    3. I will guess 5-10%

    4. Our curriculum touches on evangelizing, being bold in showing Christ. I also recently started a Student Leadership Group that I took to a student leadership conference last month. I start them on a 5 week training program at the end of this month (Be a World-Changer with the Amazing Grace movie).

    5. Apathy.

    6. More candy. 🙂 Free ipods 😀 For me, books are great. Reading Ministry Mutiny gave me the encouragement I need to move forward. For the teens? Not sure. Cool blogs and websites that I can refer them to are great as they are all so “webified” (i made that word up) now days.

  18. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting?

    Evangelism is one of our priorities listed first in our mission statement. Our 2 main training resources are Dare2Share and Way of the Master training course. They evangelize at school using tracts and looking to engage in conversation. We also go to the mall or events to hand out tracts about once every 2 months. It is always a huge blessing and keeps us sharp with how to be bold and walk someone through why they need to be saved and how.

    Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends?

    Definitely. An idea we had from another group was to put unsaved friends we are praying for on our youth group room wall as blue hearts to be a constant reminder. When they received Christ, we change them to red crosses.

    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so?

    60-75%

    What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends?

    Way of the Master, Dare2Share, Gospel tracts mainly from livingwaters.com

    What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism?

    Teenage selfishness. The tracts we use have been a great tool to open the door to conversations. If we’re not talking about it pretty regularly, they get lethargic with witnessing also.

    What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends?

    Good tracts that bridge the gap. More events to take them to to witness.

  19. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting? Limited because of the busyness of teens and the limited vision of parents although working towards reaching the community and equipping our teens to do that this summer
    Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends? We have a small group anyway but I am seeing a few take leadership on that with weekly encouragement.
    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so? About 25%
    What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends? Presently using Gospel Journey and D2S as training as well as weekly encouragement
    What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism? typical teen selfishness, fear and a lack of a genuine spiritual heart for God so that they have no reason to share God when they care more about sports, video games or relationships.
    What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends? Not sure…

  20. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting?
    Teaching and cultivating the desire in the lives of our students to make the people in their lives “thirsty” for God. That ultimately it is their life (first) and their words (second) that makes this possible.
    Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends?
    Yes
    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so?
    Not important..
    What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends? Teaching God’s word in a way that demands a response. We adapt many forms of curriculum and books to fit the culture of our students.
    What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism? Convincing them that God does not just want them to have an eternal pass… But that God wants their life to speak of him. Not only in the great moments, but even in the tough stuff. That there life is now a tool of God’s redemption of everything…
    What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends? A tool to communicate to stories of students not just sharing, but living. A story that shows how an imperfect high school student can have a real and authentic relationship with a forgiving and loving God, in our culture. something in the mode of “Iamsecond.com”

  21. 1. Limited, there are a few teens who feel comfortable in sharing with their friends.
    2. See Answer #1. Some yes, most no.
    3. 10%
    4. Just finished a Sunday School series using Gospel Journey (original). Did a few additional lessons on dealing with Tara Typical, and other characters from Stier’s book.
    5. Overcoming Apathy; Getting beyond the pressure, fear, and anxiety of talking to their friends; they know they just don’t do (bridging the gap between what they know and do).
    6. Anybody got a big stick? lol No for real though, how do you motivate them to get over the pressures?

  22. 1. Events where kids bring a friend to hear the Gospel, we teach evangelism, but they use our outreach events as a crutch.
    2. not really
    3. less than 2%
    4. Dare 2 Share, Sunday Night Soled Out, (walking like Jesus) Mission trips, Sunday School (study on different religions) The Dare 2 Share Manual (white and red book) The Core teen leaders
    5. selfishness, inconvenience, threatening, fear, impurity (sin) – their own lives aren’t right and they know their friends will see right through it.
    6. Resources for parents, teens whose parents model it, confidence/self-esteem building so it doesn’t matter if they feel rejected, maybe a texting devotional for teens so they can grow more confident in their own faith and grow in purity.

  23. I will just answer this in a kind of essay form – I am a youth leader in a very small church – I have 4 regular kids and a few drop ins. We have been trying hard to get everyone there, but there ar always other issues. We use your material for teaching – the Gospel Journey for Sunday School, Soul Fuel and YLO for youth group and we are currently going through the pre-Dare2Share material. As for evangalism…. we are bringing a couple extra kids with our particular group. One that attend church at another church and one that knows nothing about God.

    Our group has hosted (and is hosting again this spring) a Life Light Tour. In our small town (1200) we had 720+ attend and 30 give their lives to christ. At school I know that they get some razzing, but i think with the plans that we kind of have in the works, that will somehow change.

    We are coming to Lincoln with another denomination (its not about religion, its about being a christian). We have been going through the pre-lessons together as a large group and the kids are loving it. Last year, before the concert, we needed to figure out a way to make some money, so our 2 churches along with a few other kids from area churces, put together an Ecumenical Youth Easter Sunrise Service. It was the most amazing thing that I have ever seen. It was completely done and lead by them for their parents and peers (at their high school) I was asked the other night if we could do it again because they had such a great time working together.

    Our goal as leaders from the 2 churches is to forget which “religion” we are, but that we are understanding the same thing about Christ/God and the values and truths that we need to live by.

    In my own personal chuch, I feel that these kids are being pushed to the max with SPORTS!!! Come on, do we really need to have special leagues that can only meet on Sunday mornings? Or here is another great one….. my kid is so tired from all the activities that they are involved in that they need to sleep…. or they have a job that is more important… REALLY???? I don’t remember reading in the bible that God needed a nap because it was just too much for Him to handle dealing with too many acitivities…I feel that we have 2 huge barriers – parents that are 2 busy and too many distractions (Facebook/MySpace, texting and gaming) We parents need to take it away – get out of the house of distraction and spend quality time teaching our kids how to love each other as christians and as humans.

    The other day I felt bad because our Jr High kids kinda get left out (I have 1 in that group as well as 2 in the Sr. High group) so, I invited them to come with me (and my 2 younger kids) and hang out at the Rec to play a little b-ball. You know what, those kids were all smiles. Someone actually took the time to let them be kids and have fun (I did too, but that is besides the point) If we all just took a little time – they only want about 1 hour – thats not much – show them that there are adults that really love em like Jesus…. Blessings to all!!!! Jodie

  24. 1. Very Limited – we have been a very community/crowd group.. the students are just starting to share with their friends..

    2. Again.. very little.. I’d say probably 5% of the students are.

    3. oops.. answered that in number 2. .. ok.. maybe 5.1%

    4. We’ve just implemented and have been promoting small groups. It’s been a long haul getting to where we are.. but we’re getting there.. slowly. I believe that if we can get the students to help each other, as a core group, that they will then be able to help their friends on the outside..

    5. “It’s not cool.” – “I don’t know how.” “Why should I?” are all questions that I have been asked..

    6. Dare to Share!!! no.. really. the stuff is great!.. what we need is the students to draw closer to God, experience change in their life and then — once they see that change.. to share it..

  25. 1. It’s there – but we haven’t been very INTENTIONAL about it… Gospel is shared regularly, we have an annual missions trip, we have a variety of outreach projects geared toward a variety of needs. we provide events for our teens to bring their friends to where they will hear the Gospel briefly presented. We can ALWAYS do better sharing the Gospel in all that we do.

    2. We are seeing some of our students sharing their faith, several are very vocal in their relationship with Christ and where they stand, while others are a bit more reserved, but share, too.

    3. Probably 10-15% of our student are actively sharing their faith.

    4. We use the GOSPEL Journey once a year, now look forward to a second series — GOSPEL Journey Maui (we just started last week). Occasionally we will do a GOSPEL “refresher” — probably once a quarter we revisit the GOSPEL presentation and have our students brush up on how to share the Gospel (we generally take the opportunity to remind them they need to be sharing with their friends).

    5. Probably the biggest challenge is getting them past their fears. D2S conferences always embolden them and encourage them far better than I can. I occasionally will find a video that helps motivate them and incorporate it into our lesson. Beyond their fears, the next biggest challenge is helping them realize the dire NEED their unsaved friends have for Christ.

    6. Biggest help that I can think of at this time is something that helps them in sharing their faith AND teaches them basic Biblical truths as well. Something that weaves solid Biblical training with an “Oh, by the way…” approach to remind them they need to be sharing these things AND the truth of the Gospel with their friends. Showing them that the Bible is relevant to their lives and the lives of their friends.

  26. 1. The vast majority aren’t evangelizing, because the vast majority seem uninterested in growing in their faith.

    2. Just a few are doing this.. while the rest are more worried about themselves
    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so? 7%

    4. We’ve been praying, and going through both Gospel Journeys, and engaging them in small group discussion, but there seems to be a spirit of “when I’m out of these doors, back to the old self”

    5. Most come from broken homes and are so hurting for love and friendship, yet keep looking in the wrong places and aren’t willing to put their trust in Jesus for that.

    6. not sure, we keep teaching the scriptures and praying for them and loving them… I don’t think it a “resource” problem,(there’s plenty of that out there) but we need a move of the Holy Spirit.

  27. 1) As far as I can tell, there is little to no evangelism is our youth ministry. I just began this position with these students (in fall) and before me they hadn’t had a youth director for over 7 years. It is a very small church. We have 5 youth that attend regularly.

    2) My students are not yet sharing their faith with their friends, however, we are going through the G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey now and they are enjoying the study. We have begun to list friend’s names they would like to invite and we have started praying for them. Some of the students seem very reluctant though.

    3) N/A

    4) This weekend all 5 of my students and I will be attending Confirmation Retreat. As I mentioned in question #2, we are doing G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey. I am trying to get enough students to be able to attend the Invincible Youth Conference. I also purchased Dare to Share Go Wide and You’re Next curriculum.

    5) I believe the biggest challenge I face motivating my teens to share their faith with their friends is the uncertainty of their own faith. It seems 2 or 3 are confident in what they believe but do not know how to explain it. At least 2 seem very skeptical or just don’t know. For those that are stronger in their faith in Jesus, I think they are somewhat shy/scared/nervous to talk to their friends about what they believe.

    6) I think something like watching teens discuss their nervousness/anxiety about sharing their faith and then how they did it and how it went would help. Also, I think it would help if the students understood more clearly why it is so important to share our faith with others. I don’t think they get that.

  28. What does evangelism look like in your Youth Ministry setting?
    Teens inviting others to church/youth ministry events.

    Are you currently seeing the teenagers in your Youth Ministry sharing their faith with their friends?
    On occasion, but not the level we would like to see. Currently pretty lethargic and hit miss. It has not become a lifestyle.

    If yes, what percentage of your group is doing so? 0 – 5%

    What are you doing (curriculum, conferences, training, etc.) to assist and equip your teens to share the Gospel with their friends?
    Dare2Share conferences, training, modeling, real-talk about it, prayer (need more prayer).

    What are some of the challenges you face in motivating your teens for peer-to-peer evangelism?
    Some teens do not have unchurched friends. Some teens friends although churched are unsaved. Getting the teens first to move outside of their clusters and secondly having real conversations within thier clusters

    What resources would help both you and your teens accomplish this goal of teenagers sharing their faith with their friends?
    I doubt resources are the answer. I think getting teens soundly saved and passionate about what Christ is passionate about is key. We need more prayer and most Holy Spirit direction.

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