The other night I had the opportunity to be a part of a webinar hosted by Greg Stier, the president of Dare2Share Ministries. At the end of the webinar, we were given a link to download Greg's new book Firing Jesus.
The book is a modern day telling of Christ's ministry. It involves a youth pastor named JC Davidson and the church elders who either oppose or support the work that JC is doing with the youth group of the church.
An emergency meeting is called because some of the elders are opposed to the radical changes that JC is making to the youth department, including telling the students that they needed to get serious about what was going on. The elders proceed to run through a litany of complaints against JC, including his willingness to call the untrained, his extreme nature toward prayer, and his radical nature. Interspersed throughout this story are testimonies of individuals who are involved in the story, including a former bully, an elder's son, and a rich family.
Firing Jesus will change the way that youth pastors look at their ministry. It is a tough book, one that will call you to reexamine the way that we are doing ministry. Are we calling our students to a higher standard or are we simply trying to get them into the building in an attempts to boost our own egos?
It was a short read, one that took me about 30 minutes or so to read the entire thing. However, it was chock full of great stuff and it is a book that I would highly recommend. In fact, you should probably get several copies so that you can share with others.Dare2Share Ministries if you would like to learn more about Firing Jesus or you would like to purchase a copy for yourself or your team.