Two great evangelism training tools for your youth group

I don’t blog advertisements…
Anyone who’s been around Life in Student Ministry for a little while knows that I almost never write product reviews. Although I’m contacted almost every week by different companies asking me to write about their product or services, I very rarely do so because 1) I don’t want this to turn into a youth ministry marketing blog, and 2) the time you spend reading/skimming these posts is too valuable to waste on “glorified advertisements.” However, whenever I do mention a product or service, it’s only because I’ve actually used it myself and found it to be a resource that’s highly worth recommending for your ministry.

…but this is good!
Dare 2 Share’s Go Wide kit and The G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey are two such tools that I’ve been dying to share with you. Both the Jr. High and the Sr. High students in my ministry have gone through these studies with amazing results: their understanding of the gospel is crystal clear and they are now articulating it just as clearly with their unsaved and unchurched friends. I’ve never seen Jr. High glued to teaching and instruction as they were during Greg’s DVD sessions. And some of the most deep and meaningful conversations we’ve ever had with high school students took place following the G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey videos.

Go Wide Evangelism Training Kit
Greg takes a couple DVD sessions to teach the Go Wide strategy, that is, to spread the message of salvation to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20). He’s not only motivational, he gives practical training on how to actually share Christ with an old friend or a new acquaintance: Pray, Peruse, Persuade. The discussion guide then helps kids place faces and names to the strategy in their own lives.

The G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey
The G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey is an attempt to be a “reality show” where they put together an atheist, an agnostic, a Wiccan, a city girl, an Episcopalian, a Presbyterian and a minister’s kid to create some thought-provoking discussions on God, religion and faith. Although the concept is great, it wasn’t as much of a typical reality show as it was Greg teaching God’s plan of salvation through the entire Bible and getting feedback from those with opposing viewpoints. The idea still worked for my group anyway. The best part is that Greg covers the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, throughout the series, giving students a clear understanding of the central theme that ties all of scripture together.

The only downside to The G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey is that the video sessions tend to be about 40 minutes long, which makes it tough to fit in decent discussions if you only have an hour and a half meeting with games and a time of worship. So, my youth group meetings slowly morphed from our typical 30 minutes of Bible study to 70 minutes of Bible study and the kids loved it! In fact, we’re going to stick with the 70 minute teaching times from now on at the high school large-group meetings. (Although, there’s more behind the shift than just this DVD series.)

How we used it
We took about 4 weeks to go through the Go Wide kit and then seven or eight weeks to go through the G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey. The two work great hand-in-hand. Go Wide covers a strategy for personal evangelism and the G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey follows-up nicely with other viewpoints of Christianity. It helps students know how to respond to the questions they’ll encounter or maybe questions they’re currently wrestling with. The discussion guide includes two different outlines for each DVD teaching session: one that focuses on training students who are already believers, and one that focuses on discussing salvation with pre-saved teenagers, making it a great outreach tool.

To find out more about these two products, check out these links for promo videos, downloadable leader guides, and more:
Go Wide: info | purchase $74.00
G.O.S.P.E.L. Journey: info | purchase $169.00

Posted on April 7, 2008

  • Hi Tim,

    I think one of the main reasons I read your blog is to be exposed to new resources and ways of doing ministry. I loved your Tools I use in youth ministry series so much that I stole the idea for my blog. I don't want you to do all ads, but when you use a resource that works well, I would love to know about it.

    Thanks for the great tips,


  • @ Jeff: That feedback is actually very helpful. The only way I can know if something is actually worth recommending or not is to try it myself and there's no way I can (or want to) test everything out there. So when I use something and it works, I definitely pass it on. When something good comes up that I think could be beneficial to readers but not to me, instead of blindly putting my stamp of approval on it, I ask them to contribute to Life in Student Ministry as a guest blogger on the subject/need that their product or service addresses. For example, I don't use, don't have a need for it and thereby can't personally vouch for the service, but I think it could be valuable to some of you guys. So, the Building online Christian community for your youth group series was written by one of the Tuggle guys and I linked to their service in the footer. That way they're contributing something, as well. Oddly enough, most people turn down this option. *shrugs*

  • Eric

    I would 2nd Tim’s comments and reviews of D2S’s GOSPEL Journey kit. In need of confronting our h.s. students with the importance of knowing the full Gospel and urgency to share it with friends, we picked up the Journey and it was a huge success. The sessions are long, but engaging to students. We kicked the series off at our winter retreat and showed the first 4 sessions there (ie. captive audience) and finished them the following 4 weeks during our normal Wed. night meetings. The key in using these is to have some intentional small group discussions after the videos to discuss the content. My leaders were floored by the depth of questions being asked by students and how they were beginning to understand the Gospel in a new light.

    Side note: Greg recently wrote “Venti Jesus Please” – a small outreach-like book that compliments well with the GOSPEL Journey. We passed these out after our retreat and are encouraging our students to pass them on to their friends and have discussions about them. It’s been good, and our students are beginning to see how they can share their faith and be more bold.

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  • These are both great resources. We had a retreat in November and went through the Go Wide material, and as well we handed out a copy of Dare2Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith to every student that attended the retreat.

    Tim, another great resource from D2S is Greg's book "You're Next." When you get a chance to read it (amongst all the reading you already have) I highly recommend getting it and even giving a copy to all your students.

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  • herald jay l. palmes

    anyone could help me keep my youth evangelism more lively and not boring? teach me more ice breaker.. thank you..

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