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.
I love seeing students coming to Christ! It’s why I do what I do. I love it! But when a student comes to Christ, that is only the beginning. Yes, it’s awesome and should be celebrated, but we must then start the process of making sure that student get discipled and they learn the basics of walking with Jesus.
There are tons of great resources out there to help youth pastors and youth workers do this important task. However, I have yet to find one I am 100% sold on. Not that they are not good and helpful, but I just haven’t been able to stick to with one resource. So I figured I would make my own. I sat down and asked myself, “What are the basic topics (or conversations) I would have with a student who has just come to Christ?” What I came up with was eight conversation topics that I believe are vital for a student who has just come to Christ to have with another believer.
I don’t claim to have the best resource for discipling students who have just come to Christ, but I have been seeing it work in my context. It’s simple and easy to use. I also don’t claim to be that good at graphics so don’t expect anything to flashy with the look of this resource. Just a simple, easy to use resource to help youth workers disciple students. Click the link below, download it, and use it if you’d like. If you do use it, I’d love to hear what you thought so feel free to leave a comment below.
It has been awhile since I have done a freebie so today I wanted to make sure I highlighted a freebie that my friends over at LeaderTreks have put together for you to use this Easter season with your students. It’s a two-part lesson called “The Why Behind Jesus Death and Resurrection,” which includes a facilitator’s guide, student handouts, and parent resources. Below is what LeaderTreks has to say about this great resource.
This Easter season as you celebrate Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, have you stopped to ask why? Why did Jesus have to die for humanity? Why did he have to rise again? This free two-part lesson will help your students answer these weighty questions. They’ll learn about sacrifice in ancient Israel and how it relates to Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Then they’ll discover some of the most important promises Jesus made during his life and how his resurrection proves his trustworthiness.
All you need to do is click the link below to go to LeaderTrek’s website and download this free resource. Be sure to look around at their website for other great resources as well.
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.