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 Phil and Robin Malcolm, Missionaries to West Africa.
Phil and Robin are our OMN Missionaries to the children of Africa. They have lived and worked in many countries across Africa since their appointment in 1998, but currently live in Lomé, Togo, and work in the nations of West Africa. Their vision is to see every national church in Africa effectively engaging in ministry to children through evangelism, discipleship, and compassionate outreach.
The Malcolms will use their Speed The Light car to help them fulfill their vision. This car will enable them to travel regularly in order to
- Teach Kid’s Ministry training seminars
- Mentor national Kid’s Ministry leaders
- Construct low-cost children’s classroom shelters for the church
This car will help Phil & Robin continue the great work of building God’s kingdom in West Africa.
We are committed to raising the STL funds to provide The Malcolms with a STL vehicle. Not only are the Malcolms our current Speed The Light project, but they are also our One Oregon for STL Project. Click here to learn more about One Oregon for STL.
Together as One Oregon we can make this STL vehicle 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.