Itâ€™s one of the most important aspects of youth ministry.
And yet, for a lot of us, itâ€™s one of the most challenging.
Iâ€™m not talking about teaching your 8th grade guys what the Bible says about sex. Iâ€™m talking about teaching the Bible to teenagers . . . period. The way I see it, youth ministry is primarily about helping teenagers know God and to be transformed as a result.
The hands down, best way to do this is through teaching students the Bible. After all, this is the main reason God gave us the Bible. Itâ€™s Godâ€™s most complete way of revealing to us his character and his ways.
If this is true, it becomes imperative that we not only teach the Bible, but that we teach it well. Essentially, when we teach the Bible as itâ€™s meant to be taught, weâ€™re leading teenagers to encounter God. And when weâ€™re most effective at leading students to encounter God through the Bible, weâ€™re simultaneously most effective at setting them up for meaningful life change.
But the fact still remains that teaching the Bible can be intimidating, confusing, or for many of us, deeply uninspiring.
I want to change that. Thatâ€™s why I wrote â€œThe 7 Best Practices For Teaching Teenagers The Bible.â€ This isnâ€™t a dry instruction manual. Itâ€™s not overly academic. I donâ€™t spend a lot of time making the case for why you ought to be teaching the Bible. (I mean, câ€™mon. You know itâ€™s important.) What the book does, however, is pretty simple:
â€¢ It explains exactly what the 7 Best Practices are
â€¢ It makes the case for why each of the 7 Best Practices is important
â€¢ And it gives you a TON of practical examples of activities and strategies so that you can IMMEDIATELY apply the 7 Best Practices to your Bible teaching.
In case youâ€™re curious, here are the 7 Best Practices:
â€¢ Best Practice #1: Engaging With God
â€¢ Best Practice #2: Prepare Well, Teach Well
â€¢ Best Practice #3: Context Is Key
â€¢ Best Practice #4: Embrace Unpredictability
â€¢ Best Practice #5: Plan For Interaction
â€¢ Best Practice #6: Teach For Application
â€¢ Best Practice #7: Know Your Role
Hereâ€™s the deal: I think most people want to be better Bible teachers, but donâ€™t really know where to start to gain the skills. My entire purpose behind writing this book is to make it super simple for youth workers to become dynamic and effective Bible teachers. Nothing more, nothing less.
The question I hope youâ€™re asking is, OK, where can I check this out? You can sample the first chapter and learn lots more info by simply going to this website. And if you have any questions, please donâ€™t hesitate to shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Andy Blanks is the co-founder of youthministry360. Andy has worked in youth ministry for 13 years developing Bible study resources for several youth ministry organizations. Andy is a volunteer youth leader with his church’s youth group, leading small groups, and speaking and teaching whenever he gets the chance. Andy blogs about discipleship and spiritual formation daily at andyblanks.com.