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Where’s the Church?

By March 1, 2010July 25th, 2014No Comments

Over the past two weekends, I had the honor to speak at a HUGE event with over 800 middle school students from all over North Texas schools.  These students were from all types of backgrounds.  Some have been raised in various types of churches and others have zero church history.  The leadership gave me a platform to communicate four messages over a 36 hour period.  The first two messages were to build towards the climatic Saturday night SALVATION sermon.  Between the two weekends, the total first time Saturday night salvation’s totaled around 250 students.  The call was extremely clear.  Only those who had never walked an aisle to publicly confess Christ as their Savior and Lord were to respond.  Wow!  The response was overwhelming.

But here’s what wrenched my heart.  During the final service, the students had an opportunity to voice their reactions and feelings through an “open mic”.  Great reports of what God had done were flooding the atmosphere in that brown auditorium; however, there seemed to be a constant thread throughout the majority of the testimonies.  So many openly confessed they did not attend church currently and many stated they had never attended church…ever.  My heart began to break. My eyes began to water.  My spirit began to arise within me with full determination to be a BRIDGE to connect the schools to churches.

You see…there are hundreds of thousand teenagers everyday attending thousands of middle schools and high schools in North Texas.  For many of them, the Christian bible club or FCA huddle group is the only connection they have to God or a group of believers.  Once a week, for 20-30 minutes.  That’s it.  I thank God for students, coaches, and teachers that have reached out to establish some sort of link to God within the public schools.  Honestly, can I say…It’s not enough!  Everyone of those 250 new Christians deserves a warm, loving, and thriving local church to call home.  Read what Revelations 3:6-8 has to say to the church…

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: I know your deeds Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut…

Listen: Currently, we have an open door to our public schools.  The opportunities are endless.  There is no magic formula to reaching that school across the street from your church or home.  Show up at least once a week.  Pray.  Serve.  Watch God do His thing.  You will not regret it.  Students need a Pastor.  We must exhaust all our energy to reach this mission field.  If we go to the school, they will come to our church.  No connections will be made until we take the first step.
My question…Where’s the Church?  Is your influence greater within your Christian church world or within a public school that is screaming for your leadership and spiritual direction?  GO!

Kyle Embry

For Kyle, motivating students is more than just an occupation; it’s a way of life. A former youth pastor, he has spoken to more than 100,000 junior and senior high school students in his travels across Texas. His passion and humor captures student’s attention while igniting dreams and confronting issues in their lives.