Annual Report 2018
Over the last 28 years, our mission has been to energize the Church to mobilize youth to gospelize their world. We have seen first-hand the power of teen-to-teen evangelism again and again as students become fearless for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The kingdom of God is being unleashed through students who are rising up as fearless ambassadors of Jesus in their world. It’s being advanced by youth leaders who believe that youth ministry is not just fun and games, but it’s giving teenagers a mission that matters—to make and multiply disciples.
Hundreds of thousands of teens and youth leaders around the world are answering the call and rising up to advance the gospel, and it’s changing the face of youth ministry.
When I was ten years old or so I got attacked by two German Shepherds on the way to school. I backed up against a chain link fence and held on for dear life. I covered my face as the dogs tried to tear through my thick jacket and pull me down to the ground.
My grip was slipping when Ma Zeemer, a little old lady from the neighborhood, came shuffling down the street yelling and screaming and swinging a baseball bat. She got right in between me and those dogs and “whack!” cracked one right upside his head. She threw herself in the danger and swung that bat until those two dogs ran away.
Ma Zeemer’s fearlessness may have saved my life.
We too must be fearless. Demon dogs are attacking our teenagers with a ferocity worse than those that attacked me that cold Colorado morning.
We must be fearless to intercede in spite of the danger.
Ephesians 6:18-20 reminds us, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
Here the Great Apostle Paul invites the Ephesian believers to become prayer warriors using a certain type of prayer called “Intercessory prayer.”
The word “intercession” comes from two Latin words that mean “I go” and “between.” Like Ma Zeemer, we must be the go-betweens. We must stand in the gap between the current generation of teenagers and the hounds of hell that are seeking to tear them apart…and we must “swing the bat” of prayer.
We must be fearless to intervene in light of the victory!
Through Christ, we have already won the war! We must walk with a victorious stance with full confidence that
Jesus Christ our Captain, has secured our victory over sin and death through His own shed blood.
That’s why we’re fearlessly executing our strategy of:
- daring to grow a movement of multipliers who will accelerate our impact worldwide.
- daring to lead a transformation of youth ministry from fun-and-games to Gospel advancing.
- daring to reach a generation through a generation by creating unprecedented events like Dare 2 Share LIVE and Lead THE Cause.
Thank you for fearlessly partnering with us to reach the next generation with the hope of Jesus. Let’s intercede and intervene until every teen everywhere hears the gospel from a friend.
Founder of Dare 2 Share
A youth group at Lead THE Cause wrote this on their arms as they were preparing to head out for the outreach experience. Why? It wasn’t anything that we programmed into the event or asked them to do.
I believe these courageous teenagers took a stand that day. They decided that they not only wanted to have some Spirit-filled Gospel conversations that day on the outreach, but they wanted to “normalize risk” from that day forward. Their hashtag lived on after that week at LTC and became their rally call. They used it on their social media feeds proudly and leveraged it to reach their friends for Jesus. And their heroic example couldn’t provide a more illustrative backdrop as I reflect on 2018.
The first year in Dare 2 Share’s 27-year history without a weekend conference tour on the calendar felt a bit risky at first. But God quickly responded in an extraordinary way as He brought opportunities to extend the mission further
than ever before through strategic partnerships. Before the Spring had finished, we had already trained THREE TIMES more youth leaders than we would have trained in any conference tour season. And, as if that wasn’t enough to affirm our bold move to retire the conferences, He gave us another opportunity to train over 200 global leaders through another partnership before we even embarked on our summer series of week-long training events called Lead THE Cause.
We were seeing first-hand what it meant to #NORMALIZERISK.
That courage was again fueled by the response to the newly designed Dare 2 Share LIVE multi-site broadcast event. The second year brought 93 locations across the US, up from 68 the year before. Dare 2 Share LIVE pioneered something that had never been done before and is proving that a movement of gospel conversations can happen by combining inspiration and equipping and then leveraging technology.
What a remarkable year! God has expanded the reach of the ministry globally with leaders from 215 countries and territories receiving training while He continues to allow us to see teenagers mobilized in every corner of the United States through Dare 2 Share LIVE and Lead THE Cause. We thank Him for inspiring us to “normalize risk” for HIS Cause!
President of Dare 2 Share
Energizing the Church to mobilize youth to gospelize their world
Every teen everywhere hearing the gospel from a friend
A Gospel Advancing Leader shares the Gospel personally and mobilizes teenagers to do the same
130,000 Gospel Advancing Leaders worldwide by 2025
Empowering a movement of fearless multipliers around the world
...A Movement of Multipliers
If there is one event that truly transfers the Gospel Advancing DNA to students and to youth leaders, it’s Lead THE Cause (LTC). It’s simply the best thing we do, and it’s a key component of our strategy to empower a movement of fearless multipliers around the world.
The depth of training received at LTC provides dramatic and life-long impact for every student and leader who attends. Not only do they return home able to share the gospel, they leave armed with a strategic plan to multiply disciples in their community.
So whether they’re a teenager at a rural high school or an influential ministry leader in South Africa, the prayer-fueled plan they leave with will guide them toward exponential impact once home.
“Lead THE Cause is the single most impactful, powerful, and life changing event I’ve taken students to.”
John, Youth Pastor
Taking Gospel Advancing Ministry Global
God continues to provide Dare 2 Share with multiple opportunities to work with strategic partners from foreign countries, helping to accelerate the Gospel Advancing Movement faster and further than ever. By coming alongside these partners and providing Gospel Advancing training that easily integrates into their existing infrastructures, awareness and buy-in for the movement is quickly spreading to thousands.
We are committed to expanding our international training opportunities and will dedicate even more resources to work with our strategic global partners to increase the impact of this movement.
International visitors seeking to learn more about Gospel Advancing Ministry
Countries showing interest in Gospel Advancing Ministry
Core international youth leaders being engaged with Gospel Advancing Ministry
Gospel Advancing International Partners
Countries received in depth training at LTC (in the U.S.)
Lead THE Cause events held internationally by partners
The experience was life changing and ignited in me a commitment to be a Gospel Advancing person and leader. The result has been a growth in the Gospel Advancing Movement in Zambia.
David, Youth Pastor
Using the experiences and trainings I received at LTC, I have been able to train hundreds of disciple-makers who have gone throughout Australia and throughout the world. I would not have been able to do this without first attending LTC... I hope to return every year to be reenergized and reconnected with the Gospel Advancing community and training.
Callum, Youth Pastor
At Dare 2 Share [events], I watched students’ lives be completely transformed as they heard the gospel and as they immediately went out and started sharing the gospel with others.
Jeff, Youth Pastor
Equipping leaders to fearlessly mobilize their students with the gospel
…a transformation of youth ministry
Gospel Advancing Ministry
Mobilizing a movement requires fearless leaders. Youth ministry leaders who say “yes” to Gospel Advancing are saying “no” to the status quo. That means that they are taking a stand to prioritize intercessory prayer and relational evangelism; to create disciples who can make disciples. They are committing to a radical “new” paradigm that just happens to be over 2,000 years old!
7 values of a gospel advancing ministry
prayer fuels it
evangelism drives it
embrace & model it
strategy guides it
Leaders Engaged with Gospel Advancing Philosophy
Youth leaders trained as Emcees for LIVE and Gospel Advancing leaders across the country
Gospel Advancing Council members spent three days of intense prayer, discussion and collaboration to refine strategies to reach the vision of every teen everywhere hearing the gospel from a friend
A fearless generation rising up to reach their world
…a generation through a generation
The success of our multi-site simulcast event, Dare 2 Share LIVE, over the last two years has shown us that when technology is used the right way, it can motivate, train and unleash thousands of students and youth leaders across the country – all in one day!
Our second Dare 2 Share LIVE event on October 13, 2018 had 93 Satellite Sites ranging from a small church in Fairbanks, Alaska, to a Native American reservation in New Mexico, to a Puerto Rican location with Spanish translators. It was an incredible day of empowering students in multiple contexts to share the life-changing hope of Christ with the lost in their communities.
7,627Gospel Conversations Recorded
30,685Items of Canned Goods Collected For Food Banks
Here's some real feedback from students, leaders, and volunteers who attended Dare 2 Share LIVE in 2018.
This [Dare 2 Share LIVE] was life-changing and is really shifting the way we disciple our high schoolers. Thank you all so much!Ariana Youth Leader
This was an amazing movement… I am thrilled to go to school on Monday and share with my classmates. This is the first time I feel prepared to share the gospel effectively.Cassie High School Student
[Dare 2 Share LIVE] was really great. This was the first time that I had ever really shared my faith and it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.Jared Middle School Student
Thank you for putting together great events that equip teens to actively share their faith.Erika Live Volunteer
Using Technology To Share The Gospel
Dare 2 Share Live App
Used by students at the event and as a key component of the outreachOver 7,627 Gospel Conversations Recorded
Dare 2 Share App
Provides core training for relational evangelism78,295 Life-To-Date Downloads
A straightforward, engaging presentation of the Gospel message28,306 Life-To-Date Downloads