Reaching and Discipling Youth
A Fundamental Tool
Events help students grow in their walk with Jesus. They provide an energy and excitement around a single truth that make a huge impact on the lives of students and children in your ministry. Chances are you are already running events. You may even be running events that fit one of the categories below. Our goal is to equip you to use these powerful events to reach youth and disciple youth for Jesus. Whether you attend one of our events or you host one at your own church, you’ll see God show up in a big way to reach students.
All-Night Evangelistic Event for Students
Reverb is an all night event with the goal of reaching unsaved students with the Gospel of Jesus. Every year hundreds of students make decisions for Christ, have insane amounts of fun, and make new friends. It starts with a professional sports game; often hockey or NBA basketball. After the game everything stops for a clear Gospel message to be preached and counseling to take place for those who have made a decision.
The excitement continues with crowd games, prizes, and an exciting rally. Youth Groups spend the rest of the night at two or three after-midnight venues including bowling, sports facilities or fun centers. Pizza is also provided at the first facility.
We host Reverb in cities all around the United States making it one of the largest youth evangelistic events in the country. Last year over almost 16,000 students attended a Reverb and 1200 of them made a decision for Christ.
Sending Teens Out Reaching the Masses
STORM is evangelistic event that you host right at your local church. You start early with your core team of students recruiting drivers to take them to pick up their friends. The students then spend the next hour or so driving to friends houses asking if they want to help the group eat some great food item. Many times it’s a 100 foot long Banana split or a massive Pizza, or just a huge amount of Ice-Cream. Student’s can make a quick decision to attend with their parents permission and jump in the car/van/bus right there on the spot.
It’s not uncommon to round up 3-5 students who are all friends and decided to attend together based on one invitation. In the years that we’ve been doing this, we’ve seen youth groups double and even triple their size during the event. STORM is one of the best ways to spur growth in your student ministry as new students come for the first time and accept Christ right there at your youth group, all based on a spontaneous invite from a friend.
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Racing Themed Evangelistic event
Local Church Hosted
Fascar is a racing and NASCAR themed evangelistic event for your children’s ministry. It combines two things that children love (cars and competition) into one amazing event. Every child brings a simple matchbox car to compete on the track and races are held to see whose car is the fastest. Often parents attend and an adult competition also takes place at the same time. In the middle of the competition a Gospel message is given.
The event can also include racing themed games, activities, and even food. It works well as a Saturday afternoon activity. Providing lunch for children and their parents can be a great way to reach unsaved parents through their children. One of our local ministry coaches can help you setup your first Fascar event by providing the track and walking you through step-by-step from start to finish.
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Help students discover, develop, and deploy their gifts
Regional and National Levels
Every believer is called to ministry. In Ephesians 2:10 Paul explains that “we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Later in Ephesians 4 Paul says that the body can only grow as every believer does their part. We believe that students aren’t just the church of tomorrow they are the church of today.
Engage is an event to help students discover, develop, and deploy their ministry gifts and passion in the local church. It’s built around two types of competition. The first turns your entire group into a traveling ministry team as you use the students’ gifts to build a presentation. The type of presentation changes from year to year. The second part allows students to hone their skills in ministries that are more related to a local church context- things like preaching, teaching a Sunday school lesson, or leading worship.