Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

09/23/14
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So…You’re a Youth Ministry Volunteer? by Will LaRose


I began my youth ministry experience more than thirty years ago as a volunteer. After fifteen years working as a volunteer I became a “professional” youth worker. Now that I am again volunteering on the local level, I realize that I had forgotten the joys and the disappointments that are unique to volunteers in your ministry.

This may be a good time to refresh my mind and to share with others some of the more important aspects of being a volunteer. Here they are: Read the rest of this entry »

09/16/14
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Teens Teaching Sunday School?


At GCP, we’ve had the distinct pleasure to work with creative and innovative educators from all over the world. One teacher that we’ve worked with for many years is Sue Jakes. She is the Director of Children’s ministry at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. Like many educators in the churches we serve, she is constantly striving to help children know Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »

08/12/14
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Ten Commandments for Guiding a Youth Bible Study


I. Thou shalt teach with enthusiasm and expectation

If you like Bible study, your students will tend to like it also. If you present a learning activity with interest and expectation, youth will participate. Expect great insight based on Bible truths. Your students will sense your expectation and fulfill it.

II. Thou shalt involve every youth in Bible study

The one who does the talking, searching, and thinking is the one who learns. Choose a few methods each week that involve every youth in meaningful, Bible searching, interpreting and living. Guide them to discover God’s truths for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

03/18/14
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The Challenge: Today’s Youth


The Challenge: Today’s Youth

Do you believe the Word of God is powerful and active? How can you engage students with the Scriptures so they take ownership of their faith?

Mark Lowrey, the Director of Publications at GCP,  hosted an hour-long seminar to train youth leaders in how to lead effective Bible studies using the NEW So What? Youth Bible Studies.

Mark spent several minutes discussing the differences between the world we live in (especially as it relates to our teens) and the Christian worldview. This eye-opening narrative outlines secularism in the following areas: Read the rest of this entry »

03/04/14
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Help Teens Discover their Master Plan for Life by Mark Lowrey


Do your teens groan when you say, “Turn to Genesis 1–3”?

Do they think they know everything there is to know about the biblical account of Creation and the Fall? Do they feel like they’ve heard the story of Adam and Eve a million times?

Your teens may think they know the stories from Genesis 1–3 very well, but the reality is that (for many), their understanding is limited and their knowledge is sprinkled with misconceptions, such as, Didn’t Eve eat an apple?

Genesis 1–3 is a compelling narrative with familiar names but it also deals with hard, profound questions about life—questions that need God’s answers. Foundational answers to basic questions such as Who am I? and What is my purpose? find their starting point in these chapters. They establish a solid footwork to deepen your teens’ understanding of God, the world, redemption, and themselves.

High school students are beginning to think of careers and marriage. They are wondering about themselves and how they fit into the world. They are also living in a very real present—struggling with school, family interactions, relationships with other teens, just to name a few.

In today’s culture, marriage is mocked, work endured, and the Sabbath not even considered. The individual is frequently presented as the center of the universe. And sin? If the word is even used, it refers only to relationships with others, not to a response to God, i.e., As long as you don’t hurt another person, you are not sinning. Read the rest of this entry »