RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP
It's great to spend time getting to know young people. Make space in your programmes for this. You could try Glow-Low-Hero. Find that and other ideas on the Small Groups Ideas page.
You can ask a simple question like:
"What have you been up to this week?"
Or go deeper with:
"So, tell me about you and God then..."
"How are you feeling about Jesus these days?
Or "How do you find talking to your friends about Jesus?"
Dan Bright, Youth Pastor at Greyfriars, Reading has written some one-to-one questions, a small card of which, his leaders can carry in the back of their lanyards, to facilitate great chats with their young people. You can download the lanyard-sized questions here.
If you want to push things a little bit further (gently, of course), you can use something like Pip Wilson's Blob Tree communication tools. I've used lots of them and they always produce great conversations. Start with "Which one of these figures do you most relate to at the moment?" and see where the conversation leads you.
My colleague Jack Percey and I have put together a booklet to help young people (and adults!) develop good habits in their Bible reading and prayer. It's not rocket science but it gives a mass of ideas for things to pray for and ways to read the Bible.
Download it FREE below.
Updated to give ideas to pray for others
Our young people are loving the Swedish Bible study method at the moment. There are lots of ways of doing it that you can find online but we've produced a simple bookmark which young people can leave in their Bible to help them engage with the Bible for themselves.
Download it FREE below.
If your young people want to learn some Bible verses, why not give them a verse a week?
Or just give them a top 50 Bible verses to learn?
Not sure where to start? Here are my suggestions. If 50 is too easy, go for 100!
Bible roller coaster
A Bible overview, using the ups and downs of a roller coaster, in under ten minutes. Enjoy!
youth Struggling to read the Bible?
Give your youth a challenge - the Bible in One Year.
Not really. It'll take about 20 minutes a day.
We've found a couple of the youth group here have just read through the Bible from start to finish: one doing an hour and a half a day until she finished it. One student here read it in six days because they had a quiet week!
Then encourage your young people to just do the New Testament readings. They will read through the New Testament in one year. That's pretty good.
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