Brutal Reality

Dare 2 Share (terrible spelling, good people) commissioned some research into the state of evangelism among evangelical youth groups in the United States and here are Greg Stier’s (the founder and head of Dare 2 Share) thoughts on the somewhat depressing statistics returned. Obviously this research is American, but I imagine in this area the UK is hardly going to be doing better. The thing that hit me reading this is Greg’s first point of conclusion; “Embrace the reality that the key to accelerating discipleship is creating environments that naturally force teenagers to rely on God.” I’m not sure how good I am at pushing teenagers to rely on God in their evangelism. How much do I enable them to acknowledge and take the risk that is sharing Jesus with their friends? How much do I teach them where to find the strength and the comfort to take that risk? I don’t know.