The Rebelution grows when young people actively engage with our resources, purposefully promote the message, and publicly identify themselves with the movement. If that’s your cup of tea, you’ve come to the right place. This page is your personal checklist for engaging with what God is doing through The Rebelution. Below you’ll find ten exciting ways to get involved. Check it out!
1. Live the Message
The Rebelution is a grassroots movement. It doesn’t depend on leadership. You don’t need to sign up for anything. The movement lives on as long as any young person anywhere is rebelling against low expectations, stepping outside his or her comfort zone, and doing hard things for the glory of God. In other words, getting involved is as simple as living out the message right where you are.
- Get off the computer and do that thing you’ve been procrastinating about.
- Choose an important cause and give some of your money away.
- Volunteer the next time someone asks for help.
- Reach out to someone less fortunate than you.
Every movement needs a manifesto. Written when they were eighteen, Do Hard Things presents the message of The Rebelution in its purest and most compelling form. If you want to understand where the movement came from and where it is going, read this book.
If you’re ready to get practical about doing hard things, Start Here is for you. Where Do Hard Things is an inspiring call to action, Start Here is a hands-on guidebook for living the message. This book will teach you how to formulate a project, execute it, and deal with the challenges you’ll face along the way.
4. Take the “100 Hard Things” Challenge
Are you serious about doing hard things? Then take this challenge: Over the next few months, chronicle at least one hard thing you do each day. Your goal is to count all the way to 100 in three months. This is a great way to develop a habit of pushing yourself. If it sounds hard, that’s the point.
You can do this in a private journal, on your blog, or on Facebook or Twitter (#100hardthings). Entries can be as simple as “15. Finished my homework” or as complicated as “16. Organized a fundraiser.” They don’t have to be big, as long as they pushed you outside your comfort zone. Sometimes the hardest things are the smallest things. Check out the action items below to get started:
- Make your first entry: “1. Accepted the ’100 Hard Things’ Challenge.”
- Choose your platform (e.g. choose/buy a journal, post on Facebook, etc.)
- Tell your parents, pastor, or friend about the challenge.
- Invite a friend to take the challenge with you.
5. Spread the Word
The Rebelution grows when new people visit this website, read the books, or otherwise learn about the message. You can make that happen by talking about it with your pastor, youth pastor, and teachers. You can recommend the website, give away copies of Do Hard Things, or help spread the message on Facebook or Twitter. The possibilities are as limitless as your personal creativity.
- Send an email to your pastor or youth pastor.
- Give a copy of “Do Hard Things” to a friend.
- Update your Facebook cover photo.
- Share your favorite “Do Hard Things” quotes on Facebook and Twitter.
6. Launch a “Do Hard Things” Project
The Rebelution is fueled by some pretty big ideas — but they are ideas that lead to action. If you want to help turn low expectations for teenagers upside down, consider organizing a youth-led project in your community. Maybe it’s a walk-a-thon to raise money for an important cause or maybe it’s a food drive for your local homeless shelter. Whatever it is, the important thing is that it takes you and your friends outside your comforts zones and shows the world that young people can make a difference.
- Identify a need in your church, community, or world.
- Pray for God to give you wisdom about what to do about it
- Get counsel from your parents and pastors
- Invite your friends to join you.
7. Send in Your Stories
This website runs largely on user-submitted content. We want to share the stories of young people, just like you, who are doing hard things right where they are. Have you had an experience recently that would encourage your generation? Write it up and send it in. You could end up on the blog.
- Think about whether you have any existing stories to share.
- Keep your eyes out for new lessons and experiences.
- Write up your story with around 600-800 words.
- Submit your story using our Submit Content Form.
8. Submit Your Articles
Are you a budding writer? Do you have your own blog? Consider writing for The Rebelution. You can submit existing works or write something exclusively for our website. This is a great way to encourage thousands of young people and grow as a writer.
- Think about whether you have any existing works to share.
- Brainstorm any new topics you could write about.
- Write up your article with around 600-800 words.
- Submit your article using our Submit Content Form.
9. Share Your Resources
Have you read a really good book lately? Or watched a really good movie? Has your life been impacted by a particular ministry? Have you been impressed by the work of a particular organization? Are there any tools or resources that have been particularly helpful to you? Are you aware of any great opportunities for young people? Share them with your peers!
- Brainstorm resources that have impacted your life.
- Keep your eyes open new resources and opportunities.
- Submit your resources using our Submit Content Form.
10. Organize a Book Study
Introduce your friends to The Rebelution by organizing a book study through Do Hard Things and getting together regularly to discuss what you’re reading. Consider leading the discussion yourself or asking your parents or youth pastor to help. The newest edition of the book includes a built-in study guide and discussion questions.
- Talk with your parents about hosting a book study.
- Invite your friends to join you and figure out a good time to meet.
- Come up with a reading schedule that is doable for everyone.