Why is SYATP so Important This Year?

This year we have the potential to see 752+ youth ministries (partnering churches for Pulse Twin Cities and others) work together to reach youth for Christ in our schools and communities this school year. Together, we can  take SYATP to a new level we have not seen in years, here in the 180 high schools in the Greater Twin Cities and even beyond.
Youth Workers, we don’t minister to youth because of the great prestige of the position, or the great financial package, or even the great hours of the job. No, we do it because of the call of God on our lives in this season of our life and ministry.
Together, we can do this! Let’s not miss this incredible opportunity.
  • SYATP– September 26 at every school flag pole
  • Global Week of Student Prayer– Week of September 23-29

So, What if…

  • Youth workers approach SYATP differently this year?
    • Not just an event to get students to attend, but a launching pad for students from our ministries to connect and together impact their school for Christ (their mission field).
  • SYATP was a connection point for students at all 180 high schools in the Greater Twin Cities Area?
  • Youth workers have a strategy for SYATP?
    • Few ideas for Students in your youth ministry
      • Challenge students from your youth ministry go to their school flag pole on Sept. 26.
      • Identify key student leaders from your youth ministry to connect with key student leaders from other youth ministries at their school.
      • Help student leaders identify the Christian activity at their school and step up to
        • Do something – get involved with other students at their school
        • Say Something – share their faith story with a friend(s)
        • Start Something – at their school
  • Youth workers in a community connect with other youth workers in their city
    • Do something – connect with an existing network of youth workers in your community
    • Start something – start a network of youth workers in your community
      • Have coffee with another youth worker and share vision to connect with youth workers in your community.
    • Youth workers do a rally/gathering after SYATP
      • Youth ministries come together for rally (gathering) after SYTAP in their city
      • Youth ministries worked together to reach youth for Christ in their schools and community.
        • Common vision
        • Strategy
        • Action plans
What if SYATP this year was just the beginning of student leaders praying for their school and their friends. But resulted in students from the 752+ youth ministries connecting to lead on their campus. To lead other students in community at their school (a prayer group, a Bible study, a campus club, their FCA) and even working together to lead a service project or outreach at their school this school year.  
Be the Champion to step up and take the lead in your community!
Be Part of A Greater Vision! (Eph. 3:20)
  • Vision big enough to capture our city
  • Vision simple enough to grasp – about reach youth
  • Vision decentralized enough it can be owned
  • Vision that is relational enough it can actually work

Together, Let’s Do this! 

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Will You Be the ONE?

We Can Do This!

We are now almost two weeks past the “big event at U.S. Bank Stadium. Together, youth pastors, youth workers, and youth ministries can all build on the momentum of #PulseTwinCities. Those of us committed to reaching and mentoring the next generation need to “Carpe Diem” this historic opportunity.

Memorial Day for this year is history and summer has started. We are in the middle of the graduation parties season and getting ready for our summer activities: camps, conferences, and mission trips.

You are probably not thinking a lot about your fall strategy, networking with with other youth workers in your community, SYATP, Dare2Share Live, Campus Impact Training or the potential of My Stories or Youth Alive outreach to to schools.

Just think about the impact we could have with 750 churches, youth pastors, youth ministry leadership teams, students, and people in these churches prayer on the 180 Twin Cities High Schools, plus middle and junior high schools in the Greater Twin Cities!

Why does any of this even matter? Because We Care about the Next Generation!

What is your plan to “Seize the Moment” in your church and youth ministry to reach and mentor the next generation?

  • What can you do in your church and youth ministry to build on the momentum of the “Big Event”?
  • How can you have informal and intentional conversations with students on mission trips, at camps, conferences, or just hanging out about living on mission and uniting with other Christian students at their school this fall?
  • How can you continue to challenge and engage people (parents, grandparents, school staffers, concerned adults) in your church to pray for, pour into students, and provided needed resources for the ministry?
  • How can you continue to keep you pastor or senior leadership focused on the mission to reach and mentor the next generation?

Why does any of this even matter? Because We Care about the Next Generation

What does it take to execute the “NEXT” Plan?
  • One Youth Worker in a every to connect with youth workers in their community
    • Invite youth workers from partnering churches in your community to a meeting at your church or coffee shop in your city.
      • Talk about having a common vision to reach and mentor youth in your city.
      • Talk about your strategy for students in your youth ministries to impact the schools and your community.
      • Take action, together to work your plan to reach youth for Christ in your community.
  • One Student at school to unite students at their school
  • One Prayer for a school and/or youth ministry who will ask others in their circles to for a schools and/or their church’s ministry to youth.
  • One Senior or Lead Pastor who will ask people  to continue to invest in the reaching the Next Generation.
Youth Worker will you be the ONE?
Student Leader will you be the ONE?
Concerned Adult will you be the ONE?
Senior or Lead Pastor will you be the ONE?

We Have Entered a New Season “NEXT!”

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The Pulse Twin Cities Event at U.S. Bank Stadium is now history.

It was an exciting night as 40,000 people gathered to hear artist sing and share Jesus. Live interviews and videos from Minnesota Twins and Vikings players, and Olympic athlete. A Guinness World Record was set for the largest pillow fight and after a one-minute nap as Mike Lindell, the creator of “My Pillow” prayed that these 50,000 pillows would be prayer pillows. Then Nick Hall presented the challenge and 7,000 people responded to this challenge of faith and a reset in having a relationship with Jesus.

The Church of the Twin Cities came together pray for this event. 10,000’s of people in this season of evangelism used “Key 5 Cards” to pray for and invite their friends. 1,000’s of people were trained to share Jesus through the “Movement Training” and over 40,000 came to U.S. Bank Stadium for this special night.

But now the event is over and we are on to “Next”. We have entered a new season. There are will be thousands of conversations that will lead to talking about faith. Because of the vision, meetings, planning and now the execution of this stadium event we have entered the new season of “Next”.

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So here are some questions that we are going to answer.

  • How can God use this event for “More”!
  • What can and will “Next” look like in your city? Communities? Schools?
  • What can happen when 750 churches have a common vision to reach the next generation after the event?
    • 750 Youth Workers
    • 750 Youth Ministries
    • 750 Youth Ministry Leadership Teams
    • 750 churches with students attending 180 high schools in the Greater Twin Cities.

Church of the Twin Cities! Senior Leaders, youth leaders, moms, dads, school staffers, and concerned adults.

  • Next has begun and students from 750 churches are having conversations about the event.
  • Next will continuing as 10,000’s of students will go to summer camps, take a mission trips, hangout with their youth group and their friends.
  • Next will be fueled as these students begin a the 2018-19 school year, fueled by their experience of the “U.S. Bank Event” and their summer activities, with a desire to take this life-changing message of knowing Jesus to their friends, school, and world.

What can you do?

  • Pray
  • Pour into a young person
  • Provide resources

Join me and hundreds of youth leaders in “NEXT”!

 

 

#NeverAgain! Students Send Message

#NeverAgain!

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That is what this generation is saying to the leadership in our country. These young people have stood up because they saw 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High High in Parkland, Florida High killed. As this week as progressed on every news outlet we again saw the pictures and video of students streaming out of their high school. We have heard the horror stories of students from inside the school. The signs missed by the FBI or even how the perpetrator escaped with other students running out of the school.

In just matter hours after leaving the school, students began to come together. Student leaders stepped up like Jacklyn, a seventeen-year-old who was heading up the students charge to go the Florida State House said, “We are leading the charge for change.” It only took student leaders pulling together, 48 hours to organize a rally with 100’s of students at the Statehouse in Tallahassee, Florida and to get students on a bus to go to the Whitehouse. Wow! You saying that Students did all that in that short amount of time?

There have been many students interviewed, but it was the interview with Alex Wind, one of the organizers who said,

“We need to take a stance. Since we have the limelight on because of this tragedy. We have to seize that opportunity so we can assure there is going to be changed in the future. Now it stops! Never again will this happen in the country or any other country for that matter. We are the future. We are the ones that are going to make the change. You know, If Congress or the state or anyone doesn’t want to do anything, you know what, we’re going to do it.”

That statement reminded me of an event that we had in the 1990’s at River Rush. The in that video it students talked about their generation. But the statement rang in my ear was a message sent to the Church and to youth leaders. It was simply this, “If you don’t lead, we will.” That is the same tone that is coming out of Parkland students.

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In the spring of 2008, Allies had an outreach event called, GO M.A.D. (Go Make A Difference) at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota. The speaker was a young man named Ben Strong. He was the student leader (preacher’s kid) of the prayer group at his school a student shot into their group on December 1, 1997, where he killed three young ladies and injured another 5 students. At the event, he shared his story with 3500 students and challenged 3500 students to Go Make A Difference in their school and world.

You would think that after a series of school shootings that there would be change. But we all have etched into our memory April 20, 1990, the pictures of Columbine Massacre. The minds behind this school shooting were, two seniors, who killed 12 students and 1 teacher, and injured 21 others, and even shot 3 more as they attempted to escape for school. You would have thought just maybe enough was enough.

But do you realize the 21st Century student has lived in what is called the “Columbine Generation”? It is estimated that there have been over 200 school shootings since that day. Do you remember what we used to fear and have drills for? Well, today’s students it isn’t the fear of polio or fear of a nuclear attack. It is the fear of dying from a shot of a rifle.

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We saw students running out of school and jumping out of windows. There were many stories that came out of yet another school shooting. Many were very sad and greatly affected many families forever. But one of those stories, of Rachel Scott, the first young lady shot outside of the school talking to a fellow classmate who just wanted to talk about his life. Her story has impacted, inspired, and challenged the lives of millions. Through her writings, a school assembly program called, “Rachel’s Promise” and the movie, that was in movie theaters last year called, “I’m Not Ashamed”.

If you have followed my writings, you understand that for years I have been saying, “America’s Greatest Mission Field is the middle, junior, and senior high schools.” Now the mission field is not just a school, but has become a “War Zone”! Both in the natural and the spiritual.

I have been in the youth ministry world for a very long time. Honestly, I have truly seen a lot of stuff happen in society and in the church. As you know and understand, in both areas of life there have been enormous changes.

When the students organize to get to the state capitol and the Whitehouse to bring their concerns and to say, #NeverAgain. Because of what has happened and a few students leaders who stepped up, I believe that we are going to see change. This really came to a head and there has to be a change.

So, here is my question to the Church and leadership in our churches!

Do we too need to make some changes? Just how seriously have we take the youth in our church. For the most part, I have observed youth in church leadership as an insider, pastoral positions, and as a leader in the church as an outside leader without the title. I have seen and experienced a lot over my the past six decades in the Church world.

The older I have become the more I have seen just how important the younger generation is to a church. For my entire ministry life (four decades) I have been involved in ministry to youth. It is not just something that I have done, but it has been my passion. I love to see young people develop in all areas of their lives and grow up to be great leaders.

I remember the very first video that I made for Allies Ministries, in 1990, We decided to shoot it outside of the high school that I graduated at Anoka. As I sat by the Anoka High School sign, I said something like this, “This is my high school. I graduated from here in 1974. And this is America’s Greatest Mission Field. I walked these hallways, just like you did in your school. Just like every CEO, salesperson, athlete, CEO, lawyer, pastor, mayors, school teacher, administrator, every person who sits in a boardroom, is a representative in a city office, state house, congressperson, senators, or even the President of the United States.”

Just think if we in the Church really believed this what could happen!

  • Students – go to school and make Christ the catalyst in their lives and schools.
  • Adults – pray for, pour into, and provide the needed resources
  • Youth Workers – equip and release student to go into their world and make a difference

Young people are making a difference. Every day thousands of students are making a difference as they tell their story of faith to people in their world. They are the Church’s  missionaries on America’s Great Mission Field. Let’s pray for, pour into them, and support them as they make their mark in their world and the Church.

 

It’s Always Somebody Else’s Story

Isn’t it always someone else’s story?

  • A friend calls and the guy who had just made you breakfast the morning before, has been electrocuted in a freak accident.
  • A doctor rushes into your room at a clinic telling you he is rushing you to the hospital with congestive heart failure.
  • A call from a relative telling you a teenage daughter died in her sleep.
  • A young adult you have tried to help commits suicide in a hotel room.
  • A UPS driver, who was in adult education class you taught is murdered.
  • A couple in your small group’s teenage nephew is murdered.
  • A friend of your wife calling telling you her mother has been murdered and turn on the news and sure enough it is the lead story.

It’s always somebody else’s story until it happens to you. It’s always just the lead story in the 10 o’clock news, or an article on the newspaper, or it is just another phone call, a doctor’s appointment, or a conversation…until.

You know the person in the lead story of the 10 o’clock news. Or you know the person who the newspaper article is about, or you get the phone call after something tragic has  happened. It might be a , doctor’s appointment, or a conversation with a friend, co-worker, or family member that brings you into the story.

Isn’t it always somebody else’s story. Yes, just brush off the lead story or skim over the newspaper article until it’s yours. When you are brought into the story it changes everything and we never know when it all is going to change. Very seldom does a warning light flash and prepare us for what we are about to journey through.

It is real life. It is part of the journey. Those are our (the Buschow’s) calls, conversations, doctor appointment, so I guess it isn’t always someone else’s story when it is your story.

Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good to those who are called according to  his purpose.” This too is real life. He (God) is there with us in the journey. So as we live life we are never alone. Phil 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

Friends, I don’t have a clue how that happens, but I do know you can have peace in the midst of very difficult things you are facing or going through in life. 

Why Do We Collaborate?

What is Collaboration? It is defined as, “The interaction among two or more individuals that can range from a variety of actions, like communication, sharing of information, coordination, cooperation, problem solving and negotiation. It really is a process of a group of people working together or the act of working jointly. It usually occurs when two or more people interact and exchange knowledge in the pursuit of a shared, collective goal.”

The question that I often get asked about the mission and vision of Allies is this, “Is the sometimes difficult process of collaboration a relevant and worthwhile effort?”

My passionate response to that question is, “YES it is!” I believe the best way, in this ever changing world,  is to maximize our efforts, experience and expertise with a common vision. I realize everyone has a role and as we bring people to be part of the conversation we are able to have a greater impact, together.  Everyone cannot do everything well, but as we do our part and work together as other like-minded people and organizations focused on the mission, our synergistic approach allows us to do more as resources (people and financial) are leveraged to reach and mentor the next generation.

So how do you see collaboration effective in your world?

What Kind of a Person Are You?

t does not matter if you are young and old; it has been said that there are three different kinds of people:

  1. People who make things happen
  2. People who watch what is happening
  3. People who wonder what is happening

Many times when it comes to making things happen, we have our expectations of who can make it happen. I believe that our world is seeing a major turn in our expectations. Have you ever looked at your world and said, “I sure wish we would have had that technology when I was younger?” I have! I like to think of myself as being aggressive and a very progressive leader. I used to be the young man, but now that I am older, it is my desire to use my experience and wisdom to lead a generation of young leaders; leaders who have the technology, passion and vision to change their world.

God has placed me with a group of a couple hundred young leaders who are not satisfied to just wait for things to happen. They are out aggressively making things happen. My glimpse into this young world gives me hope for the future because these leaders are on a mission, in community, with a plan to let God use them to see lives changed for the cause of Christ!  Stay tuned I believe the church is going to hear more and more about a movement led by students, which is creating a new paradigm in youth ministry. Check it out at www.campusmovement.org, remember these are students who, with God’s help, have decided to make something happen.

Friends, if you are going to be a world changer for Christ, it starts by letting Christ be the change agent in your life. So, the question is…What kind of person are you or do you want to be?