But I have a confession to make: as time went on, I grew weary of evangelism. In fact, when I hear that someone is an "evangelist," I immediately have a negative feeling about them. And I think I grew weary of it because of the regular manipulation I was seeing at youth conferences, retreats, and in churches all over the place. I know I'm not the only one for sure - many youth workers actually began avoiding evangelism all together because of all of that heavy baggage that came with it (not to mention that we were also seeing a lot students walking away from faith, so discipleship became the main focus for the past 10 plus years). But recently I have wondered if the reason students today can't articulate the gospel is because they really haven't heard it expressed in a regular and thoughtful way. Let alone been asked to share it.
Anywho, The Youth Cartel asked me to come and talk about this at their amazing youth worker convention called, The Summit. They just released two of the talks for free (one of them being mine) - but you can purchase the others on their website here. They are absolutely amazing and I highly recommend them!
Below is my talk.