Wednesday, September 02, 2009

    Teaching Teenagers?

    For the past several days, I have been searching for curriculum. I’m trying to find some sort of DVD, or book series, for our new Parents Small Group. But overall, I’ve been pretty discouraged by the search process. This is what I have discovered: Most of the “Parenting Series” focus on 1) how destructive and stressful teenagers are; and 2) what we need to do in order to not let the “world out there” ruin them. Ummm…


    I’m involved with youth ministry because I think teenagers are alive and full of energy. Teenagers are authentic, genuine, and willing to say what they really think. Teenagers are openly seeking ways to connect with God and Christ—to have a relationship with the one who created him.


    We don’t need to be afraid of teenagers. What if there was a parents’ book that focused on how we could learn from teenagers instead of the other way around? What if there was a series that focused on how to engage in contemplative ministry with your children at home? What if there was a series that focused on how today’s youth can interact with the world in which we live, seeing the beauty of God’s creation—not as a place to be feared?


    Just some thoughts. And, if you know of any great curriculum please let me know.


    Update: See a follow-up to this post at Digital Orthodoxy.

    --Jacob

    4 comments:

    McFadden Family said...

    what about Growing Kids God's Way?

    Claire said...

    You should consider writing some, and I mean that seriously. It may be waiting for you.

    momof3darlings said...

    I totally agree. Maybe you should get crackin' on something. ;) We'll wait for you.

    And I agree that they are NOT scary. The goal of our youth group is ensure they have their own relationship with Christ outside of church or their parents faith. It seems to be working. Out of 12 that graduated last year, we had several leave for college, but we 8 that stayed. 4 of those are AWAY at college, but make the 2-4 hour drive back every weekend to make it for church. That's pretty great odds!

    And so many have surrendered to the call of Christ in the ministry in some form or another!

    It's exciting! I wouldn't miss this for anything....

    Darren Wright said...

    I've got a couple of ideas...

    :)

    just put them up on digitalorthodoxy for ye...