May 18th is Just the Beginning!

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.

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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.
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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.
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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 athlete’s 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. We are just left 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 Imagine31,100 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!
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It’s Not Too Late to Get In The Game!

There are times in life when it is all teed up for you, (yes, I am a golfer).
This is one of those times!
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The eyes of the world were on the Twin Cities for Super Bowl LII, despite the fact that the Vikings did not play in the big game. People came for the festivities from across the country and were willing to shell out thousands of dollars just to be here. Companies used this event as a platform for their product and paid millions of dollars for just a 30-second commercial. 
Friends this was a big deal. You may have thought it was too late but it isn’t, get in the game!

Did you know that ministry leaders, churches, and ministries like Allies (for us 27 years) have been working on a vision and strategy to reach the next generation? 

So, your opportunity of the Super Bowl has passed but we, youth workers, are just getting started. Just think about what can happen. There are 180 high schools alone in the Greater Twin Cities area and 400 plus churches and youth ministries all are coming together.

Why? To reach youth for Christ! To challenge young people to reach out to their friends with a message of hope and healing. During this season people are praying, leaders are meeting, planning, and dreaming of seeing U.S. Bank filled with 33,100 young people who bring 31,100 of their pre-Christian friends to an event that can shake our city for Christ. 

Just think about 400 churches and 10,000’s of people praying for, pouring into, and providing for a generation who is hungry to see a revival in their personal lives, schools, homes, and communities. 

James says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man or woman is effective and powerful.”

When God’s people pray, God moves. So be part of an army of youth workers, moms, dads, grandparents, administrators, teachers, coaches, and concerned adults who do more than just care.

GET IN THE GAME

Can you hear the team of adults yelling for the next generation? “What time is it? It is game time!” You may have missed the Super Bowl opportunities, but don’t miss this!

Selling Hope

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One morning last week, I was looking through my inbox. There was an email from the John Kaisich Presidential Campaign. You too, may have received the same email in your inbox. But what caught my attention is how the campaign manager and the strategists on his team were selling hope. The hope they wanted me to buy into was that their candidate could win the nomination for the Republian party nomination.
The messaging came from the chief strategist and their copywriters who spun it this way. It read this way, ““The Stop Trump movement missed an opportunity to support Gov. Kasich in New York and deny Trump quite a few more delegates but we’ll get another opportunity next Tuesday.” The email was all in the effort to communicate hope and get my support with my voice and my checkbook for the Kasich campaign.
 All my life I have been selling Hope. But the Hope is not political but a message of giving this generation Hope. This Hope comes through knowing the simple, yet life-changing message of knowing God in a real and personal way. No matter where you find your self in life or what you have or don’t have or what your circumstances are. In the midst of all of life you can still have Hope. You can know the peace that only comes through having a relationship with Jesus. Letting God take your hopelessness and give you Hope, because of what happened on a old rugged cross.
Yes, there is no question what happens in November political is going to bring change to our nation and impact the world. So that is why all those in this Presidential race will continue to try to give their supporters and our nation hope for their vote and personal gain.
But when a person comes to know the love, joy, peace, and Hope that Jesus can bring. They is Hope for not just for life now, but it will have an impact for eternity. Jesus said it this way, “I have come to give you life” Life that is abundant. Life that is full. Life that is free! Join me in bringing Hope to your world and I will do my best to bring Hope to me world. When you and I do that we can being Hope to the world and our lives will impact the next generation for eternity.
I just saw that John Kaisich has withdrawn from the Presidential race.