Rick Mumford

Messages

I speak on a variety of topics primarily for two audiences:

1. Youth workers

2. Youth (Middle School through College-aged students)

I am happy to present both keynotes and workshops for audiences of all sizes. I would love to visit with you to learn more about your organization and/or event and how we can best work together to accomplish your goals. I would be happy to craft a special message just for you, but here are some of my most popular messages.

 

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Six Longings of Today's Teenagers

Adolescence is longer and more difficult than ever. If we step back and take a macro look—how has culture responded to teenagers, how have kids reacted, and is it working? All the statistics say no. This seminar confronts the brutal facts about the underground world of kids, and charts a practical way for adults to re-engage and make an eternal difference.

Incarnational Ministry

Water balloons, egg-in-armpit relays, skits and games are fun! But discipleship is not about a program, an effectively-taught catechism or choosing an effective video curriculum. What would it look like if we modeled our youth ministries after Jesus’ ministry?

SHaring The Gospel Without An Argument

You may believe you should share the Gospel, and you may want to share the Gospel, but do you actually do it? What if there was a way to succeed by taking the pressure off you and letting God do all the work?

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Life To The Full

Jesus extends to each one of us an invitation to have life to the full. It's so much more than just not paying the penalty. It’s about being set free from sin, being invited into the very presence of God, being adopted into His family, having a purpose and a mission, and having the opportunity to have God’s Spirit dwell in you.                               

 

The Stuff God Likes

Sometimes we make pleasing God much more complicated than it needs to be. All of us struggle with sin, and all of us want to be better versions of ourselves. It all starts with humility, but no one can just suddenly decide to be humble. It doesn’t work that way. What would happen if we began by humbly seeking God’s face through prayer? (Best as a five-part message series).

 

The Kingdom of God

Most of American Christianity is based on accepting Jesus as a commodity. We promise to pray the prayer and be good people, and He gives us eternal life. But what if the Kingdom of God Jesus promised was way bigger, way more beautiful and way more powerful than we could possibly imagine? What if He came to change everything?

Identity

Orphans have to fend for themselves to survive. They expend all their energy on meeting their needs for money, food, shelter, and love. But adopted children of rely on God the Father through faith. They can enjoy the fact that He will always love perfectly, because He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and good all the time. Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people alive!

Life

We were created to enjoy life and live fully, completely, and unashamedly with the God who created us. But along the way we became disconnected from the Source of Life. Jesus, the Son of God, came to restore us and reconnect us. “I am The Life,” He said, and proved His ability to follow-through when He raised Lazarus.                                                                                             

Sin and The Cross

Our biggest issue as humans is the fact that we’re all victims and villains of sin—and that is precisely what prevents us from experiencing the life God has intended for us. Jesus death on the cross was not an accident—He died in our place so that we might live. He got what we deserved.

knowing About Vs. Knowing

In John 3:16, the difference between eternal life and eternal separation from God is determined by the word “believes.” It seems really, really important to know what this word means. HINT: It doesn’t mean head knowledge.                                            

 

Faith

Jesus claimed to be God and the hundreds of prophecies Jesus fulfilled prove that He is exactly who He claimed to be. But, like Peter who stepped out of the boat to put his faith in Jesus, we must respond by faith. As Jesus put it, “Everyone who looks to Me and believes (or trusts) in Me shall have eternal life.”