There’s no one I respect more in the ministry world than Carl Medearis. He’s a missionary to the Middle East, the bestselling author of Muslims, Christians, and Jesus and Speaking of Jesus, founder of the Simply Jesus Gathering, and a good friend. I’ve told Carl many times that he’s the shrewdest person I know—shrewd in the way Jesus is shrewd, that is. And you have to be “innocently shrewd” like Jesus is if your “mission field” includes terrorists, political leaders, and Middle Eastern royalty. Carl is also a sorta/kinda prophet—without the locust consumption and minimalist wardrobe. As part of a longer conversation Carl and I had for my podcast Paying Ridiculous Attention to Jesus, I asked Carl some specific questions that relate to youth ministry. Embedded in his responses to my questions is a real treasure—the secret to great impact in teenagers’ lives. Please give yourself a gift and listen to this short interchange between Carl and me.
Interview by Rick Lawrence
Executive Editor: YouthMinistry.com
Author: Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry and The Jesus-Centered Life
Editor: The Jesus-Centered Bible