The secret ingredient to building a thriving youth ministry is as simple as focusing on the Gospel and training teens to share it with others. After all, all Christians, from kindergarteners to senior citizens, are charged with the responsibility to reconcile people to God (2 Corinthians 5:18). That means the Great Commission was given to the teenagers in your youth group just as much as it was given to you.
However, training students how to share the Gospel boldly and clearly can be easier said than done. How do we prioritize youth evangelism in our youth groups without stressing ourselves, our leaders, and our students out? By using what 95% of American teenagers already have in their back pocket – a smartphone. Specifically, the #1 evangelism training tool made to guide anyone through sharing the Gospel with everyone they meet – the Life in 6 Words (LI6W) app.
The LI6W app is how you 1) help students understand Jesus’ message for themselves and 2) reach other teens with their powerful peer influence.
Evangelism Training Made Easy: the LI6W App
The LI6W app is a mobile app built to help anyone learn how to become an evangelist. It doesn’t just provide you an easy way to share the Gospel. It actively encourages you to constantly witness to the lost in your life, pray regularly for them, and even create a group of like-minded friends trying to spread the good news.
The LI6W app helps your students tell their friends and family about Jesus using the G.O.S.P.E.L. acrostic. G.O.S.P.E.L. stands for:
- God created us to be with Him.
- Our sin separates us from God.
- Sins cannot be removed by good deeds.
- Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.
- Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life.
- Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.
Using this acrostic, your students can walk others through God’s plan, man’s fall, redemption, and how anyone can have eternal life. It’s simple enough that any nonbeliever can understand it and any Christian can memorize it (and with the app, they don’t have to).
How to Evangelize Using the LI6W App
There are lots of amazing evangelism apps out there that teach you how to share your faith. They’re all unique, but the LI6W app specifically focuses on relational evangelism. It does this by helping you get into a relational mindset that encourages you to pray, care, and share the Gospell—what Dare 2 Share calls the “Cause Circle.” Through the app, you can keep track of who’s in your Cause Circle and which stage of the relational evangelism process you’re in with them.
To start a Gospel conversation using the app, you:
- Ask the person you’re talking with to choose six words on the app that describe their life.
- After hearing their answer, you share the six words that describe your life.
- Then, ask if you can share the six words that the Bible uses to describe life.
- If the person says yes, you can walk them through the G.O.S.P.E.L. acrostic and the scripture verses included in the app.
LI6W also allows you to text or post an image or video that starts a conversation about spiritual things. Sometimes, a steady stream of thought-provoking questions and encouragement is what makes a difference, so these media resources are great for that. This is so helpful for youth groups because by 2018, 61% of teenagers preferred texting, social media, and video-chatting over in-person conversations. The app lets you record yourself talking about each letter in G.O.S.P.E.L., helping you as you go, and then you can send the link to anyone with a smartphone. The app will even notify you when they’ve watched it and if they’ve said yes to Jesus!
The LI6W Cause Circle
What makes LI6W stand out from other evangelism apps is its ability to store your Gospel conversations and keep track of the people you’re praying for and witnessing to. It does this through the Cause Circle feature.
You can easily add people’s names and photos to your Cause Circle, schedule times to pray for them, and get reminder notifications to pray. There’s even a notes section so you can put down details about your Gospel conversations.
The Cause Circle feature helps students understand that sharing the Gospel doesn’t end at the last letter of the acrostic. It’s an ongoing journey where you constantly plant seeds and water them. They’ll begin to understand that someone rejecting the Gospel doesn’t mean you stop sharing it with others, and that you may be witnessing to and praying for the same people for years.
Utilizing the LI6W App in Your Youth Group
While anyone can use the LI6W app, it was made with youth ministry in mind. The app’s Group feature is perfect for youth groups, sports teams, families, and more. The feature gives you the ability to create or join groups of LI6W app users (that you personally know) dedicated to sharing the Gospel. You’ll be able to see your group’s statistics on:
- People in your Cause Circles
- Gospel engagements
- Professions of faith
- People who’ve been prayed for
It’s hard for a teenager to do something if they don’t see their peers doing the same, and they’re more likely to do something if they see their friends doing it. LI6W’s Group feature may be a rare instance of positive peer pressure! When teenagers see other people their age sharing the Gospel and praying for their lost friends, it proves to them that they can, too. It shows them that they aren’t the only teenager trying to talk to their friends about Jesus.
Encourage your students to download the app and start creating groups with their friends in church. Your leaders can make them for their small groups, and you can create one for the entire youth group. The options are endless!
Youth Evangelism Training
Not every teenager has a smartphone. While adults would agree that’s probably a good thing, teenagers without phones often feel left out in today’s world. The last thing you want to do is make your students without phones feel isolated and unintentionally cause friction between them and their parents who may not want them to have a phone. Remember, the LI6W app is just one form of youth evangelism training you should be using, not the end all be all. You should also be:
- Preaching about evangelism
- Doing bible studies on evangelism
- Facilitating evangelism role play
- Taking students out to evangelize regularly
- Organizing youth mission trips focused on evangelism
And if you want a physical version of the LI6W app for your students without phones, we have G.O.S.P.E.L. cards available on the D2S store. Or, check out our blog where we talk about evangelism boards filled with your students’ friends and loved ones.
Dare 2 Share exists so every teenager around the world can hear the Gospel from a friend. We have TONS of youth evangelism training material, curriculum, and books to help pastors and leaders equip their students, with or without phones. We host events every year like Lead THE Cause and Dare 2 Share LIVE where thousands of students from all over the country experience intensive evangelism and disciple-multiplication training courses. And lastly, we have the Gospel Advancing movement where leaders can join, apply the seven values to their youth groups, and join a network of youth ministers dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus through the teenagers in our churches. At Dare 2 Share, we believe that the most effective way for your youth group to share the Gospel consistently is by becoming a Gospel Advancing Ministry.
The #1 Evangelism Training Tool for Youth Groups FAQs
An evangelism app is an app that can be downloaded on any smartphone or tablet and guides the user in sharing the Gospel of Jesus with friends, family, and strangers.
Yes! The LI6W app is made for teens to share the Gospel in ways that feel most natural to them (virtually, in person, etc.). It’s also safe for teens to use.
The LI6W app gives you prayer notifications to remind you to petition for your friend’s salvation, allows you to start Gospel conversations via text, and promotes relational evangelism by using the Life in 6 Words evangelism method.
Life in 6 Words is an evangelism method where a person asks a friend to describe his or her life in 6 words. Then, the person describes their own life in 6 words. Afterward, the one initiating the Gospel conversation asks the friend if they’d like to know what 6 words God uses to describe life. Finally, the evangelist can explain the G.O.S.P.E.L. acrostic.
The G.O.S.P.E.L. acrostic is an evangelism method that stands for:
God created us to be with Him.
Our sin separates us from God.
Sins cannot be removed by good deeds.
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.
Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life.
Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.