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Explaining the Bible to Your Kids

Looking for a great way to explain the Bible to your kids?  Here’s a great place to start…

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Youth Curriculum Review Series (2013-14 Edition)

Curriculum Review:   Do You Know This Man? By Lifeway Christian Resources

The Good:

This ended up being one of my favorite series I’ve taught. The curriculum does a great job, first of knownall, in engaging culture. There are quotes from a wide range of celebrities, athletes and historical figures, from Mike Tyson to George W. Bush. Now that is a range of voices.

Additionally, it centers on a specific passage of Scripture, and provides easy teaching points from that passage. The points are already established for you, and it doesn’t force you to come up with your own teaching outline.

The activity pages are a thing of beauty. There is so much creativity there, and provides multiple avenues of learning. Whether your students are visual, auditory, or hands-on, you got it all in these lessons. There are also additional resources available online.

The Bad:

The series was a bit short for my liking. So I decided to stretch the mid-week discussion into a second week of material. It took a little creativity, but with a little work, there was enough material within the primary and mid-week curriculum to make two significant teaching lessons.

The Scriptural depth is lacking at times. Although it does a good job of diving deep within the main teaching passage, it lacks parallel Scripture to add to the subject at hand.

The Grade: B+

The Scriptural depth could use some improvement in areas, but if you are willing to dig a little deeper, this curriculum is all you need to provide a dynamite study of the precious Savior. With visuals out your ears, compact outlines, activities, and cultural parallels, you are set. I fully recommend this curriculum for a youth study on Jesus.

EXTRAS:

Videos: Falling Plates; Compassion; Something More; Resurrection

Series Bumpers/Intro: That’s My King; Jesus Changes Everything

Pictures:  Different Cultures Jesus

 

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3 Tips For Planning Your Student Ministry Teaching Calendar

I have a sickness.  The other day, I received a shipment from Staples and you would have thought it was Christmas.  New pens, new highlighters, and a fresh, blank calendar…pure bliss.  Like a 6 year old in a chocolate fountain.

While I enjoy the process of planning out the teaching calendar, the anticipatory joy of spiritually impactful lessons…it does take more work than just throwing a couple series titles together.  In fact, it is a process that has developed for months.  Let me explain the process in steps.

  1. Feed the Need.  Survey your parents, students, and others to find out what the greatest needs and greatest interest of your students are.  More than likely you will hear topics like purity, end times, devotional life, and the list goes on.  So what I have done is come up with a 6 year calendar, where in the teaching times available, I can show how a 7th grader entering the ministry will learn these things in their 6 years in our student ministry.  (*Could be 4 year calendar if in high school ministry)
  2. Glad That’s Over.  The 4 or 6 year calendar is the heavy lifting of your curriculum planning.  Now the fun part.  Picking your teaching material/curriculum.  See, for me, I don’t choose the same curriculum for all 4 years.  I like to pick and choose, allow myself some flexibility with what I teach from, and what I teach.  I’ve used materials from:  Regular Baptist Press (my personal favorite – fits my teaching style & doctrine well), Youth Specialties, Simply Youth Ministry, Group Publishing, Answers in Genesis, Lifeway, and Zondervan.
  3. Make it Your Own.  Listen to me.  You are not Doug Fields or Andy Stanley, so don’t pretend to be.  Take the curriculum and make it your own, modify and teach it as if it was written just for YOUR students.  Put together you OWN PowerPoint.  Use personal illustration and make up your own introductory hook.  Make your students feel like the lesson is FOR THEM, and not for a church in California or Atlanta.

What about you?  What curriculum do you use?  Got any tips for your teaching planning?

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