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GUEST POST FROM 16-YEAR OLD, DANIEL RIGGS

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.

I love my generation. Unfortunately, my generation is more often than not characterized by what we do wrong than what we do right. That’s probably well deserved. It seems like my generation has lost sight of eternity, and focused in on the here and now. Many of us are living like there won’t be a tomorrow, and there definitely won’t be an eternity, so they think they’ve got to “live it up” as much as possible now.

Obviously, that mindset leads to a lot of sin, and a lot of selfishness. One morning, as I was praying for a friend who’s seemingly lost all sight of eternity, God showed me these verses. He showed me that there is hope for a generation that seems lost. I pray each day, as Isaiah did, that my generation’s righteousness and salvation will shine brightly for all the world to see. Just like Isaiah’s heart was heavy for the people of Jerusalem, God has burdened my heart for the people of Woodstock, and the U.S., and across the globe.

I believe there’s hope for my generation- for each and every student to believe whole-heartedly in the Gospel, and allow it to take over their lives. But before that happens, we have to tell them the Gospel.

Daniel Riggs.
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Top 100 Youth Baptisms 2010

Matt Lawson —  December 22, 2011 — 1 Comment

The Southern Baptist Convention releases an annual baptism report based on feedback from 45,000+ churches. Historically, baptism has been the barometer for Southern Baptist in terms of evanglistic efforts. The 2010 reports were released this past week.

Top 100 Churches in Youth Baptisms, 2010

Top 100 Churches in Total Baptisms, 2010

Top 100 Churches in Adult Baptisms, 2010

I’m grateful and humbled by our Pastor, students, leaders, and staff for being a small part of 233 student baptisms in 2010.

There are some great churches and ministries represented in this list. If you’re a Youth Pastor looking for advice on reaching students, I would encourage you to use this list as a calling guide and dial some of the Youth Pastors from these churches. Earlier this year, my friend and fellow Student Pastor, Brian Mills issued the 12 a Year Challenge. I encourage all Student Ministry leaders to both read and heed the challenge!

 

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Love emails like this. Got this from one of our HSM staffers this morning. Hey Revolutionaries…you’re not alone. Keep leading and loving and inviting!!!

Matt,
Valeria Lobo is one of my 9th grade Sunday School girls, and she goes to River Ridge High School.  She has caught the vision and is acting upon what it means to live the Kingdom Life.
 
The night that we put all of the post-it notes to show the church to unchurched ratio in our area, rather than taking one or two post-it notes to write an unsaved friend’s name on, she took an entire pack of them.  She put all of the post-it notes up on her wall in the shape of a cross with a circle around it.  She decided that for every friend she brings to church who gets saved, she would put a different colored post-it note in a basket in her room.  Before the last Freedom event, she invited her entire lunch table to come.  Three kids came, and two of them got saved at the event!  She was so excited!  She now has two different colored post-it notes in her basket. 
 
This past week she invited a guy friend who she goes to school with to Epicenter.  He had never been to a church before.  He went down front to pray at the alter that night.  When she asked him how he liked church, he simply said that he “felt loved” that night.   Very cool! 
 
Last Sunday she saw the invite cards that Pastor Johnny encouraged us to give to someone.  She didn’t take just one.  She decided to take a stack of them.  On Saturday she didn’t have anything to do, so she decided to walk around her neighborhood and give out the cards to her neighbors. 
 
We ate lunch together on Sunday, and she decided that she wanted to come back to church on Sunday night for the invite service.  She went through our list of 9th grade girl inactives to see who all she knew.  She picked out 8 girls that she knows, but 4 that she specifically wanted to visit.  We visited the four girls, and then she asked me if we could go to Arbor View neighborhood because she had several unchurched friends that lived there.  We ended up going to 5 different houses to invite girls!  In total, we went to 9 different houses to invite girls.   
 
During the 9th grade retreat Girl’s Panel, several questions came up about what is okay to do with a boy.  We discussed how once the door is opened, it is easier to fall more and more into sin.  While we were in the car last night she said, “You know Jordan Lee how at 9th grade retreat during the girl’s panel ya’ll talked about how once you take the first step its easier to take the second step and the third step?  Well its the same way with inviting people to church.  Once you invite the first person its easier and easier to invite more and more people.”
 
I am consistently blown away by Valeria and all she is allowing God to do through her for the Kingdom.  She is so humble!  She does nothing to impress others, but knows that this is just what she needs to do!
Jordan Lee

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Recently we asked a few youth pastors to tell us what’s been effective for them in reaching students this year. We posed this question “Give us your top 3 methods/strategies that reached the most students in your ministry this year.”

The responses below are from four youth ministries that together will baptize nearly 1500 students this year.

Keith HarmonCross Church, Northwest Arkansas

1. Student Day (Sunday am)
2. Genesis Weekend (DNow)
3. Camp / Mission Trip

Brian MillsLonghollow Church,Nashville,TN

1.  Dodgeball
2.  Student Crusade
3. Summer Camp
4. Quest, DNOW Weekend
5. Wednesday Nights
6.  Small Groups

Jason GastonSummit Church, Durham,NC

1. Dodgeball/Kickball Tourney (alternate years)  with speaker from local university football/basketball team to share the gospel…which is HUGE in RDU
2. Small Groups: seriously. We’ve added over 75 students this year from SG’s alone. A healthy small group is a kingdom growing monster! 
3. Football Tailgating 

Jordan EasleySecond Baptist Houston, Houston,TX

1.  Beach Retreat- by far our biggest outreach event of the year.  
2.  Fall Riot- did this on a Wednesday night on all 5 of our campuses.  Presented the gospel and baptized at each campus.
3.  Premiere Weekend- typical dnow event.  It’s a new concept at Second, but it’s starting to catch on. 

What about you and your church? What’s been most effective for you? Weigh in on the poll below.

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The reality about teenagers in your community is that 90+% of them are unchurched. That’s the case in the context in which I minister and probably similar in your context as well. I care about how students live now and where they spend eternity so I’m not satisfied with how many don’t know Christ.

Good leaders define reality and the reality about reaching more teenagers is that if what I’m doing (and we as a community of youth ministries) isn’t getting the results I’m desiring then either my system/strategy needs to improve or I need a completely new strategy. I believe youth ministry needs to continually and regularly reinvent its outreach strategies in order to reach deep into the unreached parts of the youth culture in which we minister. Otherwise, the 90+% will likely never decrease.

With those thoughts, I’d like to hear your strategies/ideas/vision for reaching new and more students. Here are some questions to get the conversation started:

1. How can you use your current facilities in a new or unique way?
2. Is there a unique sub-culture in your community that hasn’t been tapped?
3. What teams/clubs/sports on your school campuses rarely receive attention?
4. How can students be equipped and mobilized to reach their friends in a multiplication effort?
5. How can the influencers in your group be mobilized and released to reach/influence more students?

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