Student Ministry Fall Teaching Schedule

After reading a post in youth ministry group I’m a part of about fall planning and Dan’s teaching scope sand sequence I got my act together, prayed, brainstormed, chewed on and finally finished the fall teaching schedule for our student ministry.

As I worked through his scope and sequence I saw great wisdom in the pieces he choose to use. As I began to think through how it would work in our context here and what we are trying to accomplish I broke it down and decided to use his chunks as building blocks and themes. Dan broke his scope and sequence down into 3 years among two programs and for the most part I followed his lead.

Basic Beliefs (BB1) – Who is God, Jesus, Holy Spirit (etc)

Basics of Christianity (BoC) – spiritual disciplines, theological language (salvation, sanctification, reconciliation, hope, faith (etc)), Background questions – understanding of the tough questions of life

Basics of the Bible (BB2) – how to study the bible, law and the prophets, wisdom literature, life of Christ, Early church and the Epistles

God in you (God NU) – your relationship with God, relationships with others, being young and unashamed, emotions, speech, temptations

God in life (God NL) – faith, wisdom and knowledge, choices and decisions, dating and purity, gossip and drama, materialism and consumerism, emotions and depression, right priorities, true identity

God in the world (God NtW) – we are missionaries, purpose, family, evangelism, world issues, missions, service

I am deeply indebted to Dan for the time and energy he put into his scope and sequence and like him want to share my fall teaching schedule to hopefully benefit others who might find it useful.

Download the Fall 2012 Teaching Schedule


10 Skills for the Future of Work

I read a great article last week that not only has implications for the future of life but the future of the church and youth ministry. The faster we are able to recognize the future or learn from futurists (like Alan Hirsh, Andrew Jones, Brad Sargent, Tony Sheng) the better the church global will be and the great impact we will have for days to come. So this article I read on Gigaom brilliantly touched on competencies that future works that thrive will know, understand and implement. The same is going to be true of churches/ youth ministries that know, understand and implement in their context and culture. Below is a list of the competencies that I believe have implications for the church and ones that we need to be leaders breaking the new ground on starting today.

Sense-making. The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

Social intelligence. The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

Cross-cultural competency. The ability to operate in different cultural settings Computational thinking. The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

New-media literacy. The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

Transdisciplinarity. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines Design mind-set. Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

Cognitive load management. The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

Virtual collaboration. The ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team