Across the Street and Around the World
2014-2015 Annual Report
To mobilize teenagers to relationally and relentlessly reach their generation for Christ.
To mobilize 30,000 youth ministry leaders who will inspire and equip their young people to initiate gospel conversations with every teenager in America by 2025.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8
The final words of Jesus to his disciples before he ascended into heaven were a reminder that they were to take his message across the street (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria) and around the world. For the last 2,000+ years that’s exactly what his followers have been doing.
Dare 2 Share has had the privilege of energizing teenagers to join this exciting movement for the last 24 years! God has used our training conferences to equip hundreds of thousands of teenagers to share the good news with their peers. Just this last year we were able to see 24,000 equipped through nine large scale events and have had over 17,000 downloads of our latest evangelistic app for teenagers called “Life in 6 Words.” Of course these numbers don’t reflect the countless thousands who’ve been energized to evangelize through our many other curriculum resources and training programs.
We also partnered with Sonlife, a nationally recognized youth ministry that focuses on disciple multiplication, to pull off three Lead THE Cause events. We held these full-week training intensives in Chicago, Denver and Portland. At these events, 900+ teenagers and youth leaders were equipped to make and to multiply disciples.
It was at Lead THE Cause that doors were open for potentially significant international ministry. Six different countries were represented. Key international leaders who were trained at Lead THE Cause have taken the evangelism training they received back to their countries to multiply it! We have received exciting reports of how God is using this training in powerful ways to mobilize teenagers.
Until Every Teenager Hears,
Founder/CEO Dare 2 Share Ministries International
When a teenager puts their faith in Jesus, they not only experience the power of God’s love and forgiveness, but the power of His cause, to reach others with the good news.
Dare 2 Share unleashes the potential in teenagers by inspiring and equipping them to reach their peers with the Gospel.
By creating captivating training events and faith sharing resources, hundreds of thousands of teenagers have been mobilized to reach their world for Jesus.
As a result, youth ministries across the street and around the world have experienced accelerated spiritual and numeric growth.
Dare 2 Share’s Ministry Model
Traditionally, youth leaders have encouraged their teenagers to invite their unreached friends to an event where the Gospel was presented. While this approach has led many young people to Christ over the decades it has become increasingly ineffective due to sheer busyness. Between sports, academics and technology, teenagers have less and less time to attend evangelistic events.
Dare 2 Share’s historical approach the last two decades has been to train and equip young people to engage their unreached peers within their sphere of influence in Gospel conversations. Dare 2 Share has used training conferences to equip over a half million teenagers to reach their peers for Jesus since 1991. It’s easy to see how the results of teenagers motivated and trained to share the good news can go far beyond even the most successful evangelistic events. It’s the principle of multiplication at work. However, the “secret sauce” to seeing this movement sustained long-term is by empowering adult youth leaders to integrate a strategy for prioritizing evangelism into their youth ministry models.
Dare 2 Share’s current approach focuses on equipping youth leaders to build Gospel Advancing Ministries that will mobilize teenagers year-round for evangelism and disciple multiplication. This tears the roof off of the results ceiling and equips these leaders to reach an exponential amount of teenagers.
“First of all, then, I urge that
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for
kings and all who are in high positions, that
we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly
and dignified in every way. This is good, and it
is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
— 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Recruit, Inspire and Equip Gospel Advancing Ministries
Collaborate with key youth ministry denominations and para-church organizations.
Tools, Resources, Training
Introduce every youth ministry to Gospel Advancing Ministry philosophy and resources.
Train Trainers and Coaches
Invest in trainers and coaches who accelerate the movement exponentially.
ONE YOUTH GROUP’S STORY
This last year is a year I will never forget. About 18 months ago our high school ministry graduated half our students. They were popular, team captains and loved Jesus. We were left with many apathetic non leaders who had depended on that older group to do everything.
As a student pastor of ten years I was terrified and didn’t know if we could recover from losing such a great group of seniors. So, last spring, after prayer, we decided to take 7 students to Lead THE Cause. At that event we saw a DNA transfer. My students found a spark and a passion and goals they could realize.
We set the goal to share the complete and clear gospel 200 times. When we arrived home, we went to work. After a week or two our senior pastor sat in my office and said, “What did you do to my daughter?” And asked me to train him so we could train the entire church.
This year our small student ministry in a tiny town church shared the gospel 300 times, saw 25 salvations as a result of gospel shares by our high school team and many students begin discipleship. Our adults also began training and we saw about 10 adults accept Christ. The pastor and I started to notice a lot of faces we didn’t recognize. In a 4 month period, in a church of just under 200, we saw 100 first time visitors.
We didn’t push a come to church thing, we just taught our people to share and care for their neighbors and friends. God brought the people and many of them have stayed. We spent the summer sharing with people and are now taking this to ministries all around us.
D2S Executive Team
CEO / Founder
Vice President of
Board of Directors
Rick Montera, Board Chairman
Montera Cattle Co.
Rob Kelly, Board Secretary
Northern Hills Church
Ron Forseth, Board Treasurer
Vice President of Business Development
Keirnes Companies LLP
Porter Creek and Doolittles
Woodfire Grill Restaurants
Grace Church Eden Prairie
Pastor of Missions and Evangelism
Barry St. Clair
As Founder Greg Stier’s alma mater, Colorado Christian University joins Dare 2 Share to encourage students to seek a college experience at a world-class location while also gaining an outstanding Christ-centered education. With a distinctive close-knit community, top-notch professors who mentor as well as teach, and spiritual formation that encourages students to get off campus and engage with the world, CCU is developing Christian leaders for the future and Dare 2 Share is proud to recommend this institution.
Compassion International is a Christ-centered, child-focused, church-based child sponsorship ministry. Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries, working to release them from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Dare 2 Share encourages teenagers and adults alike to enhance their personal outreach by sponsoring a Compassion child (or two!) and ministering to them through not only their gift of financial support, but also through prayer and letters.
Sonlife’s mission is to equip leaders in relational disciple making according to the Son’s life (John 14:12). Through a training partnership with Dare 2 Share, both ministries will work together to mobilize 30,000 Gospel Advancing, disciple making youth ministries by 2025. The partnership includes collaborating on training at all levels of the model with a primary focus on multiplication. Through Certified Trainers and integrated training at Lead THE Cause, Dare 2 Share and Sonlife join hands to accelerate this movement of disciple makers.
Dare 2 Share also worked with the following ministries this year:
Reid Saunders Evangelism Association
Moms In Prayer International
Urban Youth Collaborative
Word of Life