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The 3 Audiences of your Next Youth Group Talk

 —  October 16, 2012 — 2 Comments

When you prep your talk, think about three audiences in your youth group. It doesn’t matter if they’re all actually in the room or not, thinking about them will prepare you for when they are.

As you look to an application of your talk, consider these three people in the crowd:

The “So What?” Student
When you’re working on your talk, be sure to address the non-believing or seeking students in the audience. Share the Gospel with them. Invite them into a relationship with Christ, or at least back to hear more about the Jesus you spoke about tonight.

Invite them to process what they’ve heard and let them know you’d be happy to address any questions or concerns they might have as they think about whether what you’ve shared is relevant to their world.

The “So-So” Student
Don’t forget about the lukewarm or apathetic student in your group either. As you turn toward application think of steps big and small that they could take to get back on track. Gently nudge them toward Jesus and invite them to a closer relationship with Him.

The “Sold-Out” Student
In every youth group you’ve got students who are on the right path—compliment them for the way that they’re following the teachings in the message you just gave. Ask them to celebrate what God is doing in that area. Challenge them to stay on the right path and continue their faithfulness to Christ.

Are we missing anyone else? Who else is out there in the group you should think about as a communicator?

This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.

Josh Griffin


2 responses to The 3 Audiences of your Next Youth Group Talk

  1. This is really great stuff! #purposedriven

  2. I would change the “so what?” student into two seperate students, the “seeking student” and the “obligated (or forced) student”. These students are treated seperately in my opinion and need to be spoken to seperately. The seeking student is clearly open to the idea and is interested at least by a little bit. That being said, you already have a little bit of their attention and shouldn’t have to work too hard to get it. Then there is the student who was obligated to come because of the parents or grandparents that brought them. Odds are, you DO NOT have their attention. They don’t want to be there so they just won’t pay attention. Built into your talk should have a segment that will appeal to that person. I use comedy and culture relevant video clips to draw attention to the subject being taught or to me.

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