Communication is vital in any relationship including a Christian’s own relationship with God. Helping people understand how God communicates to us and we to Him is so important. That’s why we took two weeks in our middle school ministry to talk about just that – how to talk to God. The idea behind this short series is very simple. We wanted to our students to understand that God speaks to us through the Bible and we have the privilege of speaking to Him through prayer. The first week we talked about Bible reading. We looked at what the Bible is and a very practical tools we can use to read it better. The second week we talked about prayer. Much like the talk on the Bible, we looked at what prayer is and how we can pray better following the example Jesus gave in Matthew 6.
I wrote the talk for the first week and our two-year intern Allen Williams wrote the talk for the second week. We wanted to make this short series available to others to use in their own ministry context. As stated above, these talks were originally written for a middle school audience but can be tweaked to fit in almost any context. Click the link below to get both teaching manuscripts as well as the graphics for this series. There is also a “Bible Study Plans and Methods” handout that you can share to go along with the first talk in this series.
Recently we began a new series in our middle school ministry called “Talking with God.” The whole purpose of this series is to help students understand how they can communicate with God and grow in their relationship with Him. For the first week of the series we talked about how God communicates to us through the Bible. We wanted to help students understand not only what the Bible is but also how they can go about reading and studying it consistently. You can watch that entire talk here.
To help them get started in this we created a short handout with various Bible reading plans and methods. It’s not exhaustive but includes a few ideas to get them going in the right direction. We wanted to make this handout available to others so feel free to click the link below and use the handout yourself or in your own ministry context as you help others get into God’s Word.
This week in our high school ministry we had what we call a Coffee House. Basically we meet in a smaller room than normal and create a coffee house atmosphere. We offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Our band also goes acoustic for the night and leads in worship. It’s always a great time and our students love it! I’d encourage you and try this with your high school students. There is something about the coffee house style that attracts high school students.
We also did a coffee trivia game that I want to share with you. We simply called it “Coffee Trivia” and it went over pretty well. I searched the web for facts about coffee and put together ten questions for this game. Below is the PowerPoint presentation for this game as well has a folder with just the image files. Download and use this game sometime with your students. If you do, let me know how it goes.
Throughout the month of January our church has been in a series called 10 Degrees Hotter. This is the vision four our church in 2014 that God has placed on our lead pastors heart. Throughout the series we have been talking about how we can grow 10 degrees hotter in our affection for God. The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Gary Chapmen is probably best known for his book The 5 Love Languages. In that book Chapmen says every human being gives and receives love in different “languages.” They love languages are words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. In this series, 10 Degrees Hotter, our lead pastor has been walking us through how these love languages can also help us grow in our love for God. Just as we work on these languages in a married towards our spouse, we can use them to grow in our affection for God. You can click here to watch the sermons from this series.
To go along with this vision and series, our lead pastor wrote a book about growing 10 degrees hotter. In this book he walks through the love languages and how we can use them to grow in our affection towards God as well as other practical ways to grow in this area. Also, the book is totally FREE! Click the link below to get the 10 Degrees Hotter ebook and see how you can grow 10 degrees hotter in your affection for God.
Most student ministries hold at least one parent meeting a year. We usually do one right before the Fall semester starts to share the vision for the year with our parents and go over the calendar with them. Today’s freebie is a parent meeting graphic and countdown you can use at your next parent meeting. The graphic can be used to promote the event as well as something to throw up on the screen before, during, and after the meeting. Also, the countdown is something you can start five minutes before your meeting to let parents know when you will start. Right click the links below and save the files so you can use them however you wish.