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tips for youth worker                                                                                      May 2016


We live in an age where we want everything instantly: microwave meals, instant rice, instant porridge, instant answers (thank you Google), and instant responses (thank you text messaging).  Unfortunately we tend to treat ministry the same way.  We want curriculum that requires little to no preparation.  What that really means is that we want to be able to pick up lesson material and (yawn) just read it to our students.  Little preparation = little engagement.  If we want to do a quality job of engaging our students we need to have quality preparation of our lessons.  Here are a few tips from Scripture Press Publication’s Joyce L. Gibson:
  1. EVALUATE your class session on Sunday or Monday while it is still fresh in your mind.  Jot down items you want to remember, such as promises you made or prayer request shared.
  2. READ over the next lesson to get the general purpose in mind. Give special attention to the Bible basis and the lesson aim.
  3. BEGIN EARLY in the week so that you have time to think through the lesson, mull over ideas and gather teaching resources.  This time allows the Holy Spirit to apply the truth to your own heart and give you insights for teaching on the life-related truth.
  4. THINK THROUGH the three steps in your lesson plan:
    1. Focus:  What activities will you use to tune students’ hearts to welcome God’s wonderful, life-changing Word?
    2. Discover:  How will you guide students to discover what God is saying and what His Word has to say to them personally?
    3. Respond:  How will you help students open their hearts to the leading of the Holy Spirit? He is the one who will show each one what He wants him or her to do to apply the truth studied.
  5. ADAPT the lesson so that it is geared as personally as possible to the individual in your class.  Every hour should have some element of pleasure or delight for each student.
  6. WRITE AN OUTLINE to reflect your lesson plan as you adapt it from the Teaching Guide.  Add brief notes through the week to clarify your thoughts.
  7. PLAN for ways to show you value individuals.  Plan to relate personally with each student with a personal greeting, listening to the verse, commenting on something done well.  Also plan for ways for students to relate with each other by working cooperatively on handwork or a memory verse.
  8. ESTIMATE how much time each part of the lesson will take.  Do you need to add another activity or cut something out of the lesson?
  9. BE FLEXIBLE.  Be sure of your lesson goal, but be ready to adapt your plan to meet class needs that arise during the lesson time.  Build flexibility into your thinking.
  10. REVIEW your completed lesson plan the day before teaching.  Be sure you have all your necessary supplies ready.
  11. PRAY at every step of your preparation.  Pray before, during and after the lesson for the Holy Spirit to teach you and to teach your students through you.
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  1. Comment from Laura Hickman, May 5, 2014 12:15pm

    I recently discovered the "CHAT Prayer Plan" and thought it could be useful with older children.
    C- Cheer God on for who He is (what about God makes you glad? Example: God You are an awesome God)
    H- Humble Yourself (If Jesus were to tour your heart or journey with you for a day, what would he find? Asking forgiveness for times we've made mistakes)
    A- Appreciate what God has done (expressing thanks to God)
    T- Tell God your needs

    This can be found at: