I’ve been contemplating this series for quite some time now and I’m glad to finally get it up and running. This is the first of a seven-post series that I’m writing dealing with THE Cause and its 5 strategic principles:
So what exactly is THE Cause? Simply put, it’s the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) renamed and reclaimed. The term, “The Great Commission” is a few hundred years old and was made popular by church leaders like Hudson Tayler that wanted to rally young men and women for global missions. The term made sense then, but not so much now. Which also leads to the idea of reclaiming these final words of Jesus. In my experience and perception, the call to make disciples who make disciples is a lost (or at best a misplaced) priority of the Church. To add insult to injury, the mission to make disciples even precedes Jesus’ command and is evident as God’s mission all throughout scripture. Not only is it the last and lasting mandate of Jesus Christ from nearly 2000 years ago, it has been the mission of God since the Fall in Genesis 3!
Dare 2 Share has been championing THE Cause for the past 2 years. The vision, to see moblized Christian teenagers on every High School and Middle School campus in America (over 67,000 in total) that are making disciples who make disciples. It’s a big vision, but an acheivable one. Especially when you realize that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 Protestant churches in America. That’s 4-5 churches to every school campus. Imagine what it could look like if we mobilized teenagers to live THE Cause on their campuses…the impact it could have on those campuses but also in our churches…
Why the school campus? Because the average teenager spends most of his or her adolescent life on their Middle School and High School campus. The more logical question is “Why not the school campus?” And sadly we need to ask the latter because so many churches are not mobilizing their teens on these mission fields. I’ll be honest, I’m a little baffled and frustrated that we (as Youth Leaders and churches) haven’t seized the opportunity to unleash the teens in our ministries to do this – evangelize their campuses and to make disciples who make disciples of their friends who become new believers.
I can’t stand it when someone addresses the problem without offering up a solution, and I wouldn’t post this blog without having intentions of offering one myself. Over the next several days I’ll be posting 5 additional articles spelling out the 5 strategic principles of THE Cause and some concluding thoughts and encouragement in a final post. My intention is not to post a series that gives you step by step instructions in how to live THE Cause, but to post a series that will give you the ingredients to use in making your own recipe of living THE Cause in your Youth Ministry setting.