Why Do You Have a Dandelion?
May 24, 2011

Dandelions are a fascinating creation.Kids love them. (Suburban yard-loving adults often don’t!)
The iconic “dandelion flower bouquet” fills a mom’s kitchen vase, a precious gift from her small children.
It’s easy to kill one dandelion, but virtually impossible to stop them from spreading.
Wherever the wind blows — or when a child picks one up and blows on it — they spread to only God knows where.
The word “dandelion” comes from Latin words meaning, “Lion’s Teeth.”
Did you know young dandelions are also edible?

The Student Church movement is a lot like a dandelion.

  • A student picks up the gospel and starts a simple church in their dorm.
  • A handful of students start following Jesus together. Students take it to other friends on other universities.
  • A “tweet” or facebook post of God moving on a campus spreads on the internet, inspiring students at another campus.
  • A group of former druggies start meeting in a “hookah bar” to read stories about Jesus and pray together.
  • Some students take Christmas break and travel to an unreached people group to spread the gospel.
  • Students graduate and move to the urban core to love the poor and minister to children and their families.
The movement can go anywhere – whenever students begin following Jesus and the Holy Spirit blows on them. 

A few years ago, we were building a website to better equip students to reach their campus with the gospel. The image of a dandelion came to mind. A Jesus-following designer put a logo together. A couple weeks later, I was praying with a group of student leaders from the movement, along with an intercessor friend who has been praying for us. In the middle of praying she said, “Guys, I don’t know why but I keep seeing pictures of dandelions. Lots and lots of dandelions.” (She didn’t know about our new dandelion logo).

Ah, Jesus loves to give us little hints that He’s with us. 🙂A good pastor friend of mine in Kansas City told me a story yesterday:

“Erik, a lady in my church approached me this week. Her son called her and told her, ‘Mom, I think I started a church in my dorm.” He told her how a group of students had gotten saved and were now following Jesus together.”

I’d never met this student, but the dandelion seeds had blown to his university.

Jesus spoke a lot about seeds. He said the gospel would spread in seed form in many places. Some seeds would grow, some would not.

You carry the seeds of the gospel wherever you go.
Each of us is part of a larger movement of God’s seeds growing in the earth.

Where is the Holy Spirit “blowing” on you to spread the seeds of the gospel?


Hear Erik’s latest message:
“The Kingdom of God Everywhere”


  1. Ewald Ulmer

    This site is very encouraging and inspiring

  2. anj

    LOVE the concept of the dandelion and the logo. It creates such a picture of the Spirit alive and moving… that it’s not about us doing the work of spreading the Gospel, but as we live and breathe with Jesus, it happens naturally. A dandelion doesn’t concern itself with how it’s going to reproduce, it simply lives the life God created it to live. I’m reminded of the parable of the growing seed: “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

    Thanks so much for sharing such a great illustration!

  3. Erik Fish

    So good, Anj! Love how God is working through you


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