“Be still and know that I AM GOD…”
DARE 2 SHARE RAPID RESPONSE
Although many of us are experiencing a wide range of emotions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no doubt that this crisis has created a unique opportunity for the gospel to be heard by people who are more open to spiritual conversations than ever before. As Christ followers, we can either prayerfully push through by asking God to redeem the moment or ignore this opportunity in the midst of our own difficult circumstances. As a ministry, Dare 2 Share has always sought to have a balanced approach, seeking first wisdom and then following it up with decisive action as we felt led by the Holy Spirit.
Over these past few weeks God has provided one major conviction: The Gospel cannot be quarantined!
Well before the end of the first quarter, our team went into “rapid response” mode. We believed that God was calling Dare 2 Share as a first responder for Gospel mobilization during this unique time.
Most recently we’ve realized that we must remain faithful to our mission while pivoting our strategy toward a new reality that will most certainly influence the “how” of what we do well past the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of the 5 strategic pivots that we have deployed.
Pivot #1 – Multiple Devotional & Training Resources for multiple audiences
Using Prayer-Care-Share as a strategic foundation, we pivoted all our energy toward this call. Multiple resources were either revised or developed in order to mobilize the Church, especially youth ministry. Daily video devotions, specific curriculum designed for use within a virtual environment, open network sermons, and even a comprehensive 40-page eBook were made available free of charge to our constituents and given freely to ministry partners to use as well. We also presented a special webinar for leaders.
Pivot #2 – Life in 6 Words Mobile App audio feature
In addition to encouragement and Biblical training, we also wanted a practical tool. The “Life in 6 Words” mobile app has been a faith sharing staple for years and in October of 2019, the app underwent a major overhaul that had gained a lot of momentum. Still, the app was meant to be used to facilitate a Gospel conversation when face-to-face. We quickly dreamed of an audio feature that would enable a Gospel conversation that was still personal and relational, but virtual. See these slides for a quick overview. The app developer was willing to drop everything to expedite this feature. It was expensive, but we moved forward in faith and the feature was released before Easter! You can download the Life in 6 Words app from your app store or visit lifein6words.com.
Pivot #3 – Lead THE Cause Virtual
Dare 2 Share’s week-long summer events called “Lead THE Cause” are an important aspect of the mission to energize the Church to mobilize youth to Gospelize their world!” We wholeheartedly believe that this generation, unleashed with the power of the Gospel, has the potential to launch another historically great awakening.
On Monday, April 13th we announced the cancellation of the three live events that were planned in Chicago, Denver, and Washington, DC this summer in order to rally youth pastors and teenagers toward a NEW event, Lead THE Cause Virtual.
Pivot #4 – Gospel Advancing International Leader Training
The last two years Lead THE Cause also included an international track for indigenous global leaders desiring to receive additional training in order to initiate a movement in their home countries. Plans were in place to host 30 international youth ministry leaders the summer of 2020.
With international travel virtually impossible, we went to work to decouple the international track from the traditional LTC event and start developing a strategy for delivering training to these leaders a different way.
Pivot #5 – Dare 2 Share Live Adaptations
Finally, as summer ends and a new school year begins, we have no doubt that many things will have changed. Although we are praying for an expedient vaccine for COVID so that people will be safe to gather, we cannot be certain when this will happen. Thankfully, Dare 2 Share Live, the one-day US-based multi-site simulcast was already designed for streaming. For this year’s Dare 2 share Live scheduled for October 10, 2020, we will use the same “good, better, best” grid to develop alternative plans that accommodate relevant restrictions for any youth group anywhere.
We thank God for a Godly board of directors as well as the hundreds of committed prayer and financial partners that He has provided. Please know that we praying for you as well, that God keeps you safe and healthy.
Until every teen everywhere hears the Gospel from a friend,
Dare 2 Share
Dear Youth Leader –
As I write this update, much of the United State is experiencing “shelter in place.” Our country is reeling as we join the rest of the world to respond to this global pandemic. As a ministry leader, I’m sure you are asking God to provide the wisdom you need to understand how best to minister in the midst of this crisis. Please know that we are praying for YOU as well as asking God to direct us in knowing how to help you help your teens. The words from the familiar Psalm above are particularly comforting right now. God is sovereign and He will hear our prayers.
If you are looking for some help in how to minister to your students in the new “virtual” reality we all are facing, we have put together some resources along with a curriculum that you can use with your students over the next 3 weeks. Just follow this link to our You Can’t Quarantine the Gospel curriculum.
We continue to pray for you and your students during this time! And if you have any questions or prayer requests we would love to talk with you. Our staff is still working, so call us at 1-800-462-8355 or 303-425-1606.
Until every teen hears,
Dare 2 Share
Dear Youth Leader –
Dare 2 Share’s mission is to “energize the Church to mobilize youth to Gospelize their world.” Even in the midst of unprecedented circumstances in our world, we continue to be committed to the vision of seeing every teen everywhere hear the Gospel from a friend. To that end, we are working hard to provide additional digital solutions that will enable this generation to provide hope in the midst of the surrounding chaos. We truly believe that young people are more open to a Gospel conversation than ever before.
As a leader, I’m sure that you have experienced a lot of challenges over the past few weeks. Plans have been upended and it has most likely been difficult to know how to get ahead in such a volatile environment. In addition, I’m guessing that you’ve been dealing with a wide array of emotional responses among your team and within your youth group.
Please know that our entire staff is praying for you.
We will keep you informed as we pull together resources and tools to help you during this time, but I want to personally invite you to contact us with any questions or prayer requests. Some of our team are working remotely, but that will not keep us from serving you in any way that we can. Feel free to call us 1-800-462-8355 or 303-425-1606. Of course, you can also visit the specific websites for Lead THE Cause (our week-long summer leadership and evangelism training camps) or Dare 2 Share Live (our multi-site one day simulcast on 10/10/2020) for up to date information.
In the meantime, I encourage you to follow Greg Stier on Twitter and/or Instagram. Greg has started posting daily devotions that are sure to minister to you and make you smile (something I’m sure you would welcome right now!).
Until every teen hears,
Dare 2 Share