Weekly Resources, Ideas and Articles from The Source for Youth Ministry
Monday, December 20, 2004
Is Jesus featured on television at Christmas time?
According to a National Religious Broadcasters analysis of 48,000 hours of programming during December 2002:
Are you scared to talk about Jesus?
You're not alone.
But what about "the unchurched." We don't want to offend them ... do we?
I remember when the seeker movement started and some churches misinterpreted "being sensitive to the seeker" as meaning "Don't talk about Jesus!"
Let me assure you of something: There is nothing that our world needs more than JESUS and there is no better time to talk about Him than RIGHT NOW.
THE TIME IS NOW
It's the Holiday season. Manger decorations are everywhere, angels top many of the trees, and people are actually considering going to church services-the only time they'll go this year. Not to mention the fact that holidays bring up issues for many. Many are depressed, lonely or looking for answers.
The answer is Jesus, and the time is now.
Anyone who has heard me speak, or read my new book, knows my heart for reaching out to "the unchurched." And you know how important it is to me that we don't make others "Run When They See Us Coming." (hence, the title of my new book). But talking about Jesus doesn't require an aggressive approach. It's just telling a story-the story of Christmas.
I encourage you-don't be afraid to tell the story of Christmas this season.
HOW CAN WE TELL HIS STORY?
How can we tell His story? Glad you asked. Here's a few ideas:
Jonathan McKee is the author of the new book, Do They Run When They See You Coming: Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers and President of "The Source for Youth Ministry", a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, cutting-edge resources for youth workers across the world. Jonathan is an author, speaker, and trainer who began his career speaking to unchurched junior high students on campus. He continues to speak at school assemblies, events, and camps, in addition to training adult and student leaders nationally.
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