Speed the Light is the Assemblies of God’s premier discipleship tool, in raising up the next generation to be Gospel Centered, Spirit Empowered, and Personally Responsible. STL teaches the next generation of youth to give generously and sacrifice deeply for God’s mission. STL provides our missionary family with essential transportation, creative communication tools and the ability to demonstrate compassion to those they serve.
Our Network has 40+ missionary units, men and women, who have given their lives for God’s mission. We made a promise to them to provide the resources they need to get the job done. We are currently raising over $200,000 in STL funds for approved missions projects. We presently have 2 missionary units waiting to receive their first STL vehicle.
Our current STL Project is John and Carolyn Stewart, Missionaries to South Africa.
John and Carolyn have been serving in missions for more than 20 years in Indonesia, Ghana, West Africa and South Africa. Their primary focus is leadership training and development for local pastors and lay leaders. The Stewarts also team up with Africa Oasis Project to help facilitate the drilling of wells in very remote villages. They are presently serving in South Africa as National Director for Global School of Theology.
A Speed The Light vehicle is vital for John and Carolyn to have effective ministry in South Africa. This STL Truck will enable The Stewarts to do more in the area of equipping pastors and church planters in South Africa.
We are committed to raising the STL funds to provide The Stewarts with a STL vehicle.
Together, the youth of Oregon can make this STL Truck a reality for them and their ministry.
What can you and your church and youth group do to help us raise the funds for this STL project?
Note: All STL offering checks should be made out to STL. Send your offerings to: STL 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. All offerings must be postmarked by December 31st in order to receive giving credit for that year.
Missions 1:2:3 Strategy
How do youth ministries use STL in their churches to effectively raise funds for missionaries, teach about finances, and not burden the church?
Here is how: it’s called Missions 1:2:3.
What is Missions 1:2:3?
Simply it is: 1 leader, 2 minute sermons, and 3 month goals.
This ideally is a youth pastor/worker who can empower volunteer leaders, and students. This is a leader who can make a faith-stretching goal, a leader who can model the desired behavior before their kids. This most likely will need to be a key leader.
You ask, “Why not once a month? Why each week?” Each week creates a habit that is important. Some kids may want to give but might not be present the week you receive the offering, if it’s done only once a month. Plus, receiving the offering each week keeps the need in front of them.
Take 2 minutes to present an offering sermon. This is not a typical offering appeal, but a mini-sermon. To help you with these 2 minute offering sermons, Next Generation Ministries has developed 52 offering sermons. This way all you will need to do is schedule time for the offering, present the 2 minute sermon and receive the offering each week.
Download Missions 1:2:3 2-Minute Sermons
3 Month Goals
There is nothing magical about 3 months; it’s simply easy for kids to remember shorter goals then year-long goals. 3 month goal setting is something you can repeat throughout the year. Maybe have a 3 month goal focus 3 to 4 times a year.
Now, you may be wondering, what role do church offerings and fundraisers play? If we follow the Missions 1:2:3 strategy this becomes the foundation of giving; the church offering becomes the cheering section and a couple well planned fundraisers become icing on the cake rather then the cake itself.
Let’s make sure to teach this Next Generation to be biblical givers; To give in a way that honors and pleases God.