This week, for the third time in a year, 600 ministry leaders, from 250 churches, in the Greater Twin Cities came together to focus on the mission to reach youth.
Too, one of the worst school shootings in American history again has grabbed the headlines, despite the incredible stories of the young accomplished Olympic athletes competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Throughout my ministry, I have been challenging people that America’s greatest mission field is the middle, junior, and senior highs schools. But, now they have become war zones with images of SWAT Teams rushing in and students with hands raised running out for safety.
So Dan, what is the big deal about leaders and churches in a city coming together for another meeting? I guess it is because we believe that there is still hope for this bruised, battered, and broken generation. Those of us in ministry to youth are going to try to do something about it.
Do you remember the 90,000 plus for Youth Night at the Greater Twin Cities Billy Graham Crusade? When every seat filled in the Metrodome and thousands outside watching on the jumbotron? What about over 200,000, for the three days Luis Palu Twin Cities Festival at the State Capitol? Or over 20,000 young people at Harriet Island for Rock the River? Well, this is one of those moments in time and we, the Church need to seize the moment.
That was then and this is now. Now is the time to reach the next generation and the Church is coming together, don’t miss this one.
So what could happen if we, the Church of Twin Cities, churches in communities, leaders, and pray-ers (people who pray) focused on giving the next generation JESUS? Well, my friend, that is what is happening and it’s a big deal!
What just happen in the Twin Cities with all the concerts, parties and events, and at U.S. Bank Stadium with all the hype around a half-time show, and football game, are now just memories.
But what we, envision at U.S. Bank Stadium May 18, 2018, is coming and will be life-changing.
To my friends in ministry to youth, senior leaders, those who have prayed for the next generation for years I have a message for you.
To my younger youth worker friends. We don’t get an opportunity like this very often. Just think about it, senior leaders and everyone else are talking about our mission. Don’t miss this opportunity for your ministry and for our city!
You see, to reach, disciple, and mentor the next generation is something that we talk about. But through my forty-plus years of ministry experience to youth, it is often been just that, talk.
I understand that there are a lot of other things that we need to do like raise money to build to builds, send missionaries to foreign countries, and reach all people with the programming in our church. Honestly, I get that. As a preacher’s kid, I have been around the church all my life.
But when we talk about this mission, we literally are addressing future of the Church and the investment in young people who will lead in our homes, communities, churches, boardrooms, and nation.
Just watch a little of the Olympics. You will see just how enamored the media is with telling stories about the progression the athletes. Why? because these stories of young athletes capture our attention and inspire us.
Friends, it is the same in the Church, young people are what brings life to your church and inspire us all in the mission to reach our world for the cause of Christ.
I remember when the media started the countdown to the Super Bowl LII, but now it is over. All we have are the memories and the pictures to remind us of those days that highlighted the “Bold North” created an atmosphere that showed off this region of the country that was displayed for the world to see.
That was a moment in time. The countdown is on for May 18, and way beyond. Matter of fact is there are now just 90 days before young people at Pulse Twin Cities will fill U.S. Bank Stadium.
The world has seen the Bank filled with fans to watch a half-time show and a football game. But now it is over and we are looking to “Fill em all” with people who bring their friends to hear music, speakers, and an invite to respond to the simple, yet the life-changing message of Jesus.
Allies, along with 400 ministries are asking you to engage. Did you know this generation has never experienced a revival? We are asking you to pray, pour into the next generation, and provide the resources needed for not just the event, follow-up, but the follow-through to harness this the energy and the synergy that is being created. Bringing it back to impact our communities, campuses (schools), churches, and our homes. Not just for a season, but for a lifetime.
I want to invite you to be part of what God is about to do in our city and bring hope and healing to a battered and broken generation.
- Just think what can happen when people like you pray for a generation?
- Just think of what can happen when people like you pour into a generation?
- Just think what can happen when people like you provide for a generation?
Could You Imagine…31,100 believing students bringing 31,100 of their non-believing friends to listen to music, hear testimonies and a message that can literally change their life!
Just Read Ephesians 3:20 – and dream with us!
This is a really big deal! Church, we can do this!