Establishing the Right Foundation

Are the people you are leading, establishing the right foundation?

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Most Christians are being raised with the presumption that they are building a godly foundation. However, many of these Christians, while thinking their godly foundation is being developed, are actually building a different foundation off their own desires and wants.

Think about it; when you attend a Christian teaching lesson (like church, small group, etc.) how much of your time there is spent listening and considering what the teacher is thinking? How much time is spent thinking about your own desires? Are you being lead to believe that a godly foundation is being laid but instead your other thoughts are building a completely different foundation?

This is one of Satan’s subtle tactics. He knows that people have a tendency to not pay attention to the important things so he expands on that fact to lay a different foundation.

What kind of foundation is laid then, when the godly one is ignored? Sometimes these new foundations are based off of distracted thoughts; innocent but not focused on the information at hand. Other times, the foundations are based off of sin or immoral ideas. This is why most of the youth in America are not following the Lord Jesus Christ when they leave home.

So, how do we reach America and make sure the right foundations are being laid?

At Reach America, Christian teens are taught how to lead people. But, these teens could still be laying down the wrong foundation so, to counter this, the ministry teaches teens while having them walk with other teens.

These teens are led to walk with other Christians and help each other lay down the right foundation.

This year, Reach America is going to focus on teaching teens how to lead teens by walking with them through Christ. One could summarize this as, “Reach America teaches teens how to run a baton race but, instead of the focus being on passing the baton (or dying and leaving your legacy), they focus on the time when both of the runners are running with each other, because this wins the race!”

Turning Postmodern Christian Teens into Multiplying Disciples

1 Chronicles 12:32 “men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do–200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;”

As Christian parents and youth leaders, it is crucial that we understand the times and know what the church should do in America. One observation I have made is that the current American culture has moved far away from God and has taken Christian youth right along with it.

Too often, when we think of “the culture,” we think of people outside the church. Truth be told, the culture has invaded the church, especially our teens and children. I have come to believe that before we can adequately reach out and impact the culture out there, we must reach in and change the culture in here – inside our youth ministries.

We always hear of the “godless” culture in America, but we rarely take the time to define what we mean. Philosophers, sociologists and other cultural gurus seem to agree that in America we are living in a postmodern world.  From what I have been reading and witnessing first-hand, I agree.

Well, what does it mean when we say “postmodern?” How has postmodern thought influenced our Christian youth? How do we reach teens for Christ in this postmodern age? And most importantly, how do we turn postmodern Christian teens into multiplying disciples?

Over the next few days I am going to write a series of blog posts on how to turn postmodern Christian teens into multiplying disciples. I hope you find it helpful.

Join our First Training Group!

We are looking for our first 12 teens and 12 parents to join us in our first study group!

As you may know, our new curriculum. “Becoming a Gold Star Leader” is here. In a recent blog, I wrote that we need 1,000 teens and 1,000 parents and adult teen leaders – all well trained and strategically placed – in order to impact the current generation ages 10-19. Click here to read the blog post.

While in prayer the other day, I believe God led me to find our first 12 teens and 12 adults to go through the 10-week curriculum. I am going to begin a local group of adults, here, in north Idaho in January.

At our north Idaho location, our teens just completed week #2. It is going very well.

I will communicate with teens and adults across America by phone, email and our Facebook group for adults. The teens have a Facebook page where I will communicate with them.

You may choose to go through the study as an individual and participate in discussion over the phone and internet, or you may join together with a friend or small group.

Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to email me at gary@letsreachamerica.org or call me at 208-660-1727 if you are interested in joining this process.

IMPORTANT BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT: Be watching your inbox for an exciting announcement concerning this blog! I am in the process of meeting with a group of teens who will begin posting here. If you know of any Christian teen who would like to be a part of our blogging team, please let me know. This new format will be premiering very soon.

God bless you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Pastor Gary Brown