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Lessons Learned from Outside Teachers

This fall, we began a series on Sex and Dating.  It is not the first time we have talked about this topic but it was the first time in over 2 years that we have done that.  One of the reasons we didn’t talk about it for a bit was because I did the teaching the last time and it was a very awkward time.  I know that is a lame excuse, but it definitely caused me to think twice about teaching it again.

So this year, we decided to bring in a local Christian non-profit come in and teach about it.  They came in and taught for 2 weeks (1 group for the high school students and 1 group for the middle school students).  Although I was grateful that they taught about this subject, it did not go exactly as planned.  Because of this, I thought of many things I that I did wrong during this process.  So, I figured I would pass on my lessons learned on in case anyone is getting ready to bring in an outside person to share to your youth.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Meet with the teacher beforehand and share what you hope to accomplish during their teaching time. Although I did meet with our teacher beforehand, I did not let them know the make-up of our youth program.  Not all youth groups are similar in students that attend, so had they been better prepared for the type of students we have, they might have tweeked their overall presentation a bit.
  2. Make sure you know exactly what they are going to share. You don’t want to be thrown any curveballs during the presentation as they may share something completely outlandish.
  3. Be prepared to follow up afterwards.  When you teach on anything, it is always good to have a follow up strategy.  This is even more important when you teach on such an important subject or an outside teacher comes in to share.  One of the best things Katie, my Associate, did after one of our meetings was she grabbed a bunch of girls immediately after the presentation was over and began to process with them what was said and how they were feeling.  You may not need to do something like that, but following up in the next week would be a great start.
  4. Do a thorough evaluation afterwards. Oftentimes organizations will give you an evaluation to fill out.  However, I have found that most of them are pretty generic.  This particular group’s evaluation was very generic.  Therefore, instead of writing out an evaluation, I went and met with the person who presented and gave them a verbal one.  I have found that when you write up something, people may misconstrue your comments.  So, if you have some harder things to say on an evaluation, it is better to talk it over with them rather than write it.  Speak the truth in love, but definitely speak the truth.

In the past we have had a variety of outside teachers come in and share and overall I highly recommend them.  Working at a non-mega Church, it can get overwhelming and you can drain yourself too much doing multiple teachings every single week.  So, if someone else can come and share competently with your youth, why wouldn’t you take the night off?  But, just great as it can be to have a night off, it can be a lot of work as well if not done right.

Have you had similar experiences and learnings?  Post them so we can all know how to do a better job on the front end so that we don’t have as much to do after they share.


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Teaching the Truth

I recently took a class from Dr. Michael Horton at Reformed Theological Seminary called “Ministry in the Post-Modern Context”.  During the class, Dr. Horton told us of an interesting stat.  He said that students who were raised up in an Evangelical church were very likely to abandon their faith by the time they are sophomores in college.  Naturally, I was blown away by that stat because that doesn’t seem very logical.  Why is that?  What makes someone who went to church regularly and really enjoyed it abandon their faith and not feel that Christ isn’t important to them and that Church is worth going to anymore?

It was a fascinating class in which it made me ponder so much about how I am reaching students for Christ for the long haul.  If this is the truly the case and Dr. Horton is right (which I have no reason to not believe him) that a growing number of believers are leaving the faith during their college years, we, as Youth Pastors have a huge problem on our hands.  Of course this is not all our responsibility, but as overseers of the youth program, we have to play a part in transitioning these youth into adulthood.  How can we bridge the gap between the teenage years and adulthood?  I believe that it comes down to a simple change in focus.

What are we to do?

I believe that a critical step that we need to do in helping students stay strong in Christ for the long haul is to teach the Truth of who God is.  Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Duh Tom, I do that”.  But, take a moment and think about your last meeting.  What was the most memorable part of it?  Was it the wild and crazy game you played, the creative and awesome video you showed, the funny skit guys who dressed up like cavemen OR was it the Truth of Christ?  Unfortunately for me, I have an easier time remember the crazy thing we did during our time together rather than the Truth of Christ that was revealed.

Students are not dumb.  They know that when they come to Church, people are going to talk about God and Christ.  So why, then, do we feel the need to play so many games and feel that we need to entertain them so much?  It is a very delicate balance because we want our group to be attractive to everyone while at the same time present the truth of Christ consistently.  I struggle with it constantly as I so desperately want our students to know the Truth but how do I present the Truth to students who are inundated in an MTV world where images come at them so fast?

One thing that sticks out to me is that it appears that we can get so caught up with making Christ attractive that we lose the fact that the truth of Christ is attractive enough.  It is almost like we have to come up with an angel to make Christ attractive to wild teenagers.  When we do this, I believe we miss the point that Christ is already attractive enough, we just have to share about him. Does that mean we have to stop being creative?  No, but the Truth should drive our creativeness, not vise-versa.  Do not get so caught up with the presentation and miss the content of whom you are presenting.

Christ says in John 8:31-32, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  In this day and age, we can get so caught up with creative ways to share the gospel with our fancy PowerPoint slides, movie clips and dramatic performances (and believe me, I have done all those things).  It almost seems that we are trying to copy what MTV and the rest of the world is doing, but in a “Christian” way.  But, is that the right way?  Shouldn’t Christ and the truth found in Him dictate how we teach?  Do we have to go to such extremes if just knowing and understanding the truth will set us all free?

Effectively teaching students the Truth

Now, if you know me, you will know that I am not a Youth Pastor who gets up at the beginning of his meeting, opens my Bible and does an exegetical study.  I appreciate those who do that, but that is not how I am wired.  I love having fun with the youth and trying to find ways to create an exciting and attractive program.  But, Dr. Horton’s stat and subsequent challenge got me thinking of different ways we can be presenting the Truth of Christ so that students can have a committed, long term relationship with Him.

  1. Use the different learning styles. In order to be effective in teaching the truth, we have to be aware of the different learning styles of youth.  There are multiple learning styles: audio, visual, and kinesthetic.  Don’t get tied into just presenting Christ in one way.
  2. Repetition. The Truth of Christ is unchanging, so teach on who he is.  Andy Stanley has a great book, “The Seven Checkpoints” about this and gives some great insight on how repetition constantly reinforces important topics.
  3. Engage and help them Discover. Teaching the Truth about God doesn’t mean you stand up and preach until you are blue in the face and that their ears and minds are ready to explode.  Engage them and discuss the subject with them.  Throughout your message, ask questions so that they can discover the Truth rather be told what the Truth is.
  4. Strategically plan out our Meetings. What is it that we are teaching the students during our meetings together on Sunday?  Are we teaching them that Christ is all fun and just a little scripture?  Or, are we teaching that in all situations, Christ is present and relevant?
  5. Create a Educational Flow from Childhood to Adulthood. Coordinate with your Children’s Ministry, Christian Education and Adult Education Director(s) about the Truths of God you should communicated at each level/stage of their life.
  6. Follow up/through. Continue to earn the right and build relationships with students during the week.  Help them process the information you all discuss on Sunday mornings or at small group by following up with them throughout the week.
  7. Involve Parents. This is especially helpful if you have Christian parents.  Parents are the ultimate spiritual heads of their children.  But, too often, parents believe it is the Church’s job to teach their children about God. The church is just a small part of presenting Christ.  The bulk of the work has to come from the parents.  So, let parents know what you are discussing so that they can know and follow up throughout the week with their children.
  8. Set up Mentorships. This is to integrate the generations in your Church.  It is important to partner up the adults with youth so that the younger generation can learn from the older generation and their experiences.

Final Thought

As youth move into adulthood, like Dr. Horton said, I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing too many young people fade away from Christ and the Church.  The comment, “church/Christ just isn’t for me anymore” is not an acceptable answer, especially for someone who was very committed to Christ as a teen.  Sometimes I wonder, was it me?  Did I turn him/her off from Christ with what we did in our program?  I know that is not the right mindset to have, but it I still wonder.  I believe that in order to engage someone long term for Christ, we have to begin to look at what and how we are teaching our youth.  Christ never said he was just about fun and games.  However, he did say that he was THE way, THE truth and THE life (John 14:6).  Therefore, let us not do a disservice to our youth and present Christ in just a fun, comfortable way.  Rather, let’s present him for exactly who he is and see how our youth step up and take hold of him.


  1. Do this quick exercise.  Your Senior Pastor just gave you the challenge to share about Prayer to your youth next week.  Quickly, write down how you would organize your meeting?  You have to prepare an hour time frame.
  2. Now, after you have prepared your mock meeting, answer these questions:
  • What was your overall objective for the meeting?
  • What was the 1st thing you prepared?  Was it your game, mixer or social activity OR was it the truth about Christ you were going to present?
  • Was your game tied into your teaching or was it completely separated and had no correlation?

For your next lesson, start with the Truth of Christ and then form the rest of your meeting around that. Let the Truth of Christ drive what and how we present.


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Walking with our Students and Reinforcing Ideas

Recently, my family and I went to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, VA.  If you have never been to a Great Wolf Lodge before, check them out as it’s a great family place.  Basically, it’s an indoor water park attached to a hotel!  It is pretty amazing and extremely exhausting.

While were there, I had an interesting experience with my 3 year old that lead me to come to 2 conclusions about youth ministry.   She reminded me how important it is to be walking with our students regularly and the value of reinforcement.

Walking with our Students

My 3 year old is very adventurous and bold.  She loves to try new things and can be very independent from my wife and I, which as you can imagine, can be very heart-wrenching for a parent.  However, when we got to the water park inside the Lodge, she immediately froze up and didn’t know what to do with all the water, slides and things to do.  She became very timid and scared on taking a step in any one direction.  We eventually decided to go to the kiddie slides.  When we got there, she did not want to go down, even though she had been on those types of slides before.  So, I showed her what to do by going down the slide myself and waited for her to come afterwards.  She was still very hesitant, but eventually sat down on the slide, ready to go.  But, before she would allow herself to go down the slide she made sure that I had my arms out at the end of the slide, ready to catch her.  She came down, I caught her and she said, “Let’s do it again”!  So, we did it again, and again, and again, til, eventually, she didn’t need me to help her anymore.  She was fully comfortable doing it herself.

This act shows the importance of us, Youth Pastors and Head Youth Leaders, walking through life with our students.  As their leaders, we are in charge of presenting Christ to them and in case you didn’t know, that is not one of the top 3 most popular things to do as a tween or teenager.  Therefore, we have our work cut out for us.  But, if we walk with our students by building relationships with them and showing them how to live their life for Christ through our example, we can help them know and understand the great value of being in a relationship with Him.  My daughter was scared to death to go down the slide by herself, but because she saw me go down it and she trusted me to catch her when she came down, that helped her overcome that fear.

The same can be true when we walk with our students and help show them how to live for Christ by the way we live our lives and do things.  Christ models this clearly in Matthew 4:19 when he says to come follow him, for he will make them fishers of men.  How do you think he made them fishers of men?  Do you think he relied on their great fishing ability to hook men and women?  No, he helped them become fishers of men by walking through life with them and modeling how to live their lives.  He didn’t just teach them, he showed them how to do it.  We need to be walking through life with our students and modeling Christ to them.

Reinforcement is Key

The very next day, I had a similar experience with my daughter which revealed another powerful truth about youth ministry.  As we came into the water park, my daughter decided she wanted to go down those slides again.  I thought to myself, “Great, she’s going to be able to go down by herself and all I have to do is watch and make sure something drastic doesn’t happen”.  Well, that’s not exactly what happened.  As soon as we got to the stairs to go up the slide, she became scared and timid again.  It was like she never went on the slide before!  I quickly became very frustrated with her because I couldn’t figure out why she wouldn’t go down.  But, non-the-less, I walked her up and went down the slide again to show her it was ok.  Then, before she would come down, I had to hold out my arms to catch her, just like I had to do the day earlier.  When she came down, she realized how fun it was and then pick up right where we left the day before – not needing my help to go up and down the slides, just be an observer.

My daughter had completely forgotten what it meant to go down that slide and the fun she had until she experienced it again.  She needed that joy reinforced.  In the same way, our students tend to forget the joys and benefits of following Christ on a daily basis.  It is a tough world we live in today where trials and struggles happen daily.  When we experience those trials, it can zap out all we know to be true about Christ.  It’s not suppose to happen that way, but depending on the trail, our students can become very discouraged and forget about all Christ has done for them and others.

Therefore, we  have to keep on reminding them and reinforcing the material and experiences they have.   Christ is the perfect model of this as well.  Throughout the gospels, Christ taught numerous times on love and service.  Then, in John 13:1-17, he reinforced his teaching with actions.  He showed just how important these teachings were by reinforcing them later.  Spiritual highs and lows will come and go for the students.  But, if we are there affirming them and reinforcing the greatness of God, they have the opportunity to never forget the power of the living God and benefit greatly!


  1. Examine who you are walking with.  Which students are benefiting from spending time with you ?  If you are not currently investing in any students, make a list of students you would like to begin to invest in and seek to begin to build those relationships.
  2. How are you reinforcing material learned and giving your students experiences that will encourage them and help them constantly know the joys and benefits of following Christ?  If you are not currently reinforcing ideas, now, with the of school here, it is a great time to review and reinforce ideas and teaching from earlier in the year.

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Are we preparing for the future of the children?

Have you ever heard an athlete or celebrity say that they are doing a good work “for the kids”?  I’ve heard it many times and when a person says this, they are saying that their actions and deeds were inspired by or are meant to benefit the children.  Well, over the Memorial Day weekend, I had a “for the kids” moment.  Over the weekend,  my family and I went to a BBQ with a bunch of friends and their families. It was a great day with tons of food, lots of laughter and lots of children and young teens hanging out and playing.

While we were at the BBQ, I looked at all the children having fun and I began to think of their future.  Unfortunately, when I did that, it broke my heart.  I thought that although these are innocent, playful children right now, some or most of them would end up getting involved in partying, drugs, sexting or whatever the new craz is when they get older. Talk about a “Debbie Downer“!   I know it’s the age old question, but what is it that drives them to these temporal pleasures? What is it that causes them to search these things out? How can these children, playing around with water guns and swinging on swings sets branch out to these things?  More importantly, I began to wonder how can we help?  How can we, as believers and ministers, meet their needs and show them Christ so that they do not need to venture into this area?

First, it starts with you and your family in your neighborhood.  My wife heard Elle Lofaro speak at our Church’s Women Retreat a few years ago and she challenged all the women to be the oak tree of the neighborhood.   An Oak tree is a big tree that stretches out wide, thus it is a source of shade for people to come under.  People can come to it during or after a long hot day in the sun and rest under the shade to restore their strength.  In the same way, your neighbors can come and rest under your oak tree – your house.  Your house can be the oak tree of the neighborhood where people will want to come, catch some shade and go on with your day.  It can be a place where they regain strength and move on with their day.

By being followers of Christ, we can offer our neighbors something they can’t find anywhere else.  As Christ said to the woman at the well, “whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst (John 4:13-14).”  As a family, we can offer them this living water in which they do not have to be thirsty anymore.  Can your neighbors find this water at your house?  Can they find rest there or is your house just like everyone else?  As followers of Christ, we are called to be witnesses for him (Matthew 28:19-20).  Therefore, our houses should reflect Christ to all who come into it and when we do that, children and adults alike can be impacted for His glory.

Secondly, as ministers, we need to be thinking strategically with our Children’s Ministry or Christian Education Director. Students don’t become sex crazed, beer bingeing students overnight. Nor will they become youth who are passionate about Christ and all he has for them overnight as well. By coordinating a strategic plan from childhood to young adulthood, you can give the children and youth a knowledge base that can help them handle each of life’s situations that they encounter.  Of course we know that knowledge does not always result in appropriate actions, but it is our responsibility to help our students process that knowledge so that they can make the right decisions.

In life and ministry there is only so much we can control.  Ultimately, children and youth are going to make their own decisions about life.  But, what are you doing for the kids?  What can you do in your neighborhood and in your ministry that will help provide them with a godly perspective?


  1. Brainstorm ways that you and your family can be the oak tree in your neighborhood
  2. Set up a meeting with your Church’s Christian Ed of Children’s Ministry Director to start thinking strategically about a plan to minister to the children and youth at your Church.

Do you have some thoughts on this?  What are other ways we can be strategic in caring for our next generation of Christ followers?  Post a comment or suggestion.

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Curriculum: Hot Topics

As you plan out your curriculum, do you hit the hot topics your teens are dealing with?  I’m not just talking about dealing with dating and world views.  I’m thinking of topics like sex, homosexuality, physical abuse other issues that they encounter on a daily basis.

Now, I have a confession.  In my ministry career, I have stayed away from addressing these issues for the most part.  For instance, I have actually talked about sex and sexuality 1 time over the course of a month period and  I have taken my students to 2 Pure Freedom Conferences.  But, those 3 instances happened over a 12 year period!  I have confronted sex just 3 times when on any given day, our students are learning about sex more times than that on TV, the internet or from their friends.

I don’t know why I have done this other than the fact that I feel inferior to talk about issues that I’m not well versed in.  That is why I took our youth to the Pure Freedom Conference.  But, as I have been encouraged by my Senior Pastor, just because I do not feel comfortable talking about it, doesn’t mean that these topics shouldn’t be addressed.  These students need to know the godly perspective on these topics.  Also, just because I don’t feel fully qualified to talk about these issues doesn’t mean I can’t find someone who is qualified to address the students.

Not only do these issues need to be addressed from a godly perspective, but another reason for discussing these topics is because it will draw students.  I know that sounds vain, but when we address these “hot topics” at Cedar Run, we always draw a bigger crowd.  Students want to hear about this and are curious to hear what God has to say about these subjects.  So, if they only come out because you are talking about this particular topic, that is great!  Who knows, maybe they will come to know Christ or begin to come out to more of your activities because of it.

Now, in addressing these topics, I want to offer a few things I have learned over the course of my time in ministry that could help you in addressing these hot topics.

First, make sure what you communicate to the students line up with what the Bible says and what your Church/Ministry believes.  Communicating what the Bible says is a no brainer, but I think there can be times that we fail to look at our Church’s beliefs about certain topics before we share.  Nothing can be worse than communicating something that your Church does not believe because when your Pastor gets that angry phone call, you will have a lot of explaining to do.  Even if you believe it, you are under the authority of your Church and need to communicate their stance.

A perfect example of this for me is Baptism.  I was baptized as a child and had my 2 oldest daughters baptized as infants. I have nothing wrong with Infant Baptism.  However, Cedar Run does not believe in infant baptism (they do baby dedications and adult baptism).  So, when I teach on baptism, I teach what the Church’s stance is, not my own.  Again, I am under their authority as their employee.

Secondly, make sure the topics you are talking about are ones that the students want to hear about.  Of course this sounds like another no-brainer, but, I have sometime assumed students wanted to hear about certain topics when in actuality, they did not.  The best way to avoid this is to poll your students.  Do a survey and let them share, anonymously, what they want to talk about.  Then, compile the results and begin your discussions.  Doing it this way you know for sure that they want to hear about the topics you have picked.

Discussing hot topics with your students has many benefits and it needs to be done.  But, make sure you are careful and have it well planned out.  The more you plan and prepare, the better the experience will be and the more the students will get out of it.


  1. Pray for God’s guidance in you addressing hot topic issues with your students.  How does he want you to approach this.
  2. Brainstorm some hot topics you think your students would want to hear about.  Then, search the scriptures to find out what the Bible says about these issues.  Also, find out what your church or ministry’s stance on these issues are.  Even if the issues you select are not one of the top ones your students want to hear about, at least you have done some brainstorming for some possible messages down the road.
  3. Create a survey/form that the students can fill out at your next youth meeting. Hand it out and see what issues they want to discuss are.
  4. If you are feeling that you are not the best person to communicate God’s truth on these specific issues, start to look at people in your Church who would be good to share about it.  Or, look at other Christian ministries in your area who could come over one night to share with your youth.  I have done that before and it has worked great!

Good luck!  Your students will benefit as it will be a great opportunity for you to address these issues with them.

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Being Strategic: Curriculum and Experiences

After I looked at our vision statement, I had to decide where we were going to take students.  By that I mean, what were we, the Cedar Run Youth Leaders, going to teach them.  What knowledge, information and experiences did we want a 6th grader, just entering our program, leave with when he/she graduates high school?  Up until this point, I had never formed a complete plan.  I had some things in my head, but with all things, until you write it down, nothing is final.

The strategy I came up with has 2 parts to it – curriculum and experiences.


Have you ever had a parent or member of your church come up to you and say, “You have to read this book. This will help you so much”?  This has happened to me a variety of times and my response has always been, “Ok, great.  I will have to check that out”.  However, rarely did I look into it.

That changed about 2 ½ years ago when I had a parent come up and ask me to read a particular book.  This time, instead of responding the way I typically did, I said to her, “Ok, I will read this book if you read it with me”.  I was tired of having parents tell me to read this book and think that their job was done.  I thought that if this person really wanted me to read this book and benefit from it, they would take the time to read it with me and process it so that we could apply it to our ministry, if needed.  She gladly accepted and we agreed to read a chapter a week and meet to process.  The book she recommended was “The Seven Checkpoints” by Andy Stanley.

The Seven Checkpoints is about curriculum.  It talks about what and how we present material to students.  Up until I read this book, I cannot say that I never had a clear strategy for curriculum.  But, I never intentionally looked at what I wanted to communicate to the youth over the course of the year or more.  I never had an official long-term plan.  That all changed when I read this book.

This book was exactly what I needed and helped me in a variety of ways.  For starters, it provided me with 7 primary topics that I could and should teach from.  As the book points out, these are not the only 7 topics you can teach on, but they are the core topics.  The topics are broad enough that you can get more specific from week to week.

Secondly, it helped me plan more in advance.  Usually, when thinking through what we would cover from week to week or month to month, I examined where our students were personally and spiritually.  Then, I would process through and plan topics that would go with that evaluation.  Not that this is a bad thing to do, but, by doing this, I was failing to plan strategically for the long-term.  For example, one of Andy’s checkpoints is “spiritual disciplines”.  According to Richard Foster, there are at least 12 them. Normally, when I would talk about spiritual disciplines, I would try to cram all of them into a neat 2-3 week series.  But, why try to cram all the spiritual disciplines into a short time when you can specifically focus on each one and have at least 12 weeks worth of talks.  Now, I am not advocating, nor is Andy Stanley, that you do a 12 continuous week series on spiritual disciplines, but at least you have a some topics to strategically place in your curriculum plan.

Thinking strategically and intentionally about what you want to communicate to your youth will help your stress level go down and your effectiveness in speaking the truth of Christ to your youth go up.  But, speaking the truth is just one way that you can and should communicate to your youth.


The second way to communicate is through experiences.  As my friend Rick Beckwith has encouraged me so many times, we teach our youth in so many ways other than just verbal communication. When you give them experiences, you can reinforce what they were learning and give them an opportunity to put them into practice.

For example, Mike Miller from Young Life and I just finished a day long discipleship focused day with our students called Next Step.  During the day, we had worship and offered some great teaching.  But, we didn’t limit their learning to just verbal teaching.  We gave them an opportunity to learn through experiencing.  One of our teachings included us going out into the neighborhood to pick up trash.  Once we finished picking up the trash, we met at the Church dumpster.  At that time, Mike led the youth in a time of examining their own lives and the potential garbage they put into it that might prohibit Christ from making an impact in it.  He had them write the garbage down on a piece of paper, give it over to God through prayer and then throw it away in the dumpster. It was a powerful time that words cannot describe.

By giving your students experiences, they have an opportunity to remember what you taught for a longer period of time.  Do you think the students at Next Step were impacted more by the trash pick up and self examination or if we had just verbally communicated that garbage in equals garbage out?  The more experiences you can give your students, the greater likelihood that they will remember it and be impacted longer.

Youth Pastors and Ministers are responsible for so much.  However, planning curriculum and experiences often seems to be put on the back burner when it comes to priorities.  I have found that too often Youth Pastors and Ministers are either planning talks at the last minute or rely on recycled talks over and over again.  The problem with this is that you are not allowing God to speak to and move you as you process what you need to communicate to the youth.  In addition, you fail to bring out your creative juices that will help you communicate more effectively.  If Mike Miller and I had we planned our service project just an hour or two before Next Step, we would have had to rush to get all the supplies needed and may not have been able to pull it off.  But, since we processed and planned this activity 2 weeks before the event, we were able to get the necessary material to make the experience awesome.

Be strategic!  Don’t wait to the last minute to plan and organize your curriculum and experiences for your students.  Plan ahead and allow God to speak to and guide what you share with the students.  Student will learn better as we are providing them with our best.


  1. Examine where are you taking your students?  What are you communicating to your students and how are you doing it?
  2. Are your offering experiences to reinforce your teachings?  What are some experiences you can offer that will aid your students’ learning and reinforce the teaching points?


  • Andy Stanley, “The Seven Checkpoints”
  • Richard Foster, “The Celebration of Discipline”

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