In 1984 Ron and Katie Luce were newly married and had a desire to inspire teenagers to live for God in a radical way, so they put together 4 youth events and called them Teen Mania Rallies.
The next year they went on a 6 month mission trip around the world where they saw spiritual poverty and the need for the Gospel to be preached in unreached places. It was on this mission trip that a longing to be missionaries began to grow in their hearts.
When they got back to the United States they struggled trying to decide how they would focus their ministry. Would they give their lives to reaching the nations or commit to stirring up a generation to follow Christ?
The answer became both: God called them to build an army of young people who would change the world, and so Teen Mania International was born.
They began to focus even more on gathering large groups of teens together for events that would motivate kids to live fully for Christ and give them an opportunity to recruit those same kids for missions.
Today those youth events are known as Acquire the Fire and the missions department is Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions.
The mission of Teen Mania Ministries is to provoke a young generation to passionately pursue Jesus Christ and to take His life-giving message to the ends of the earth and Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions is dedicated to that mission and is effective and unique for several reasons:
- Our focus is to preach Christ, so even though we have lots of opportunities for practical work and service on our short-term mission trips, every teenager is taught how and given a chance to actually share their faith.
- The leadership we recruit to serve on the field is committed to ministering to the teenagers themselves. The teens come to reach the nations, while our leaders know that mentoring young people will be a priority.
- Our training and debriefing is absolutely world-class. Everything is designed to properly equip participants for effective outreach in a memorable and life-changing way.
- The Global Partners we work with around the world share our vision and understand the importance of proper follow up, so that we are not an “in-and-out” ministry. Instead, the impact the missionaries have at each trip location is built on throughout the year!