If I were to choose a bumper sticker slogan for my life it would probably be “The power of the Gospel and the potential of teens.”
My entire family was reached through a youth ministry (disguised as a church) 40+ years ago. A rogue preacher from the deep south whose nickname was “Yankee” reached my rough and tumble urban family with the power of the Gospel. Yankee laid the Gospel out clearly and straightforwardly to my body-building, street fighting uncles. And one-by-one they said “yes” to Jesus. Along with my uncles, my aunts, cousins and, eventually, my mom came to Christ.
The power of the Gospel had transformed us all.
Although Yankee was the Lead Pastor at Colorado Bible Church, he was a youth leader at heart. Everyone who came to his church knew it. At one point there were over 800 teenagers attending the youth group and only 200-300 adults attending the church!
Yankee believed in the potential of teenagers. He was convinced that teenagers came to Christ quicker and could spread the Gospel faster and farther than adults. He invested his life in mobilizing teenagers to reach teenagers with the message of Jesus.
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SOURCE: GregStier.org, Greg Stier