Hint/Help: Youth Ministry Lesson “Take-A-Longs”: Making Your Lessons Last

Everything is mobile and portable in our world, why not your lesson? We all want our lessons to be remembered. We always say things like “take this with you this week”. I know I am always looking for ways to make the ideas and lesson topics stick with our students. Why not create what we […]

February Lesson Series: “GPS: God’s Perfect Scripture”

A NEW 3-Week Series about the Bible! Each lesson challenges students to understand, study and apply God’s word in their own personal lives.  Lessons: – “Why Should I Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” – “How to Follow God’s Perfect Scriptures?” –  Taking a Personal Trip?”  Included: – Title Slide – 3 Sets of Slides (JPG Format), easily […]

Top 10: “Rockstar Ways to End Your Lesson?”

I don’t know about you but I am always trying to find a way to “land the plane” at the end of my lesson? Do I go emotional, quiet, or loud?  Do leave it off with a little something to come back for next week?   Then I read a great post by John Cooper, […]

Hitting a “Home Run” Lesson Every Week

The conversation would be similar each week as I walked through the plan for that night and it would always end the same before I left the office. I would be asked about my lesson. Each time I would hear the same thing… “Is it a home run, a triple, a double, or a single? […]

New Lesson Series: “Young”

A 3-Week Series about what God has to say about being “Young”. Each lesson is written uniquely breaking up the upfront speak by using discussions throughout, instead of all at the end either with a partner, small group or as a big group discussion.   These questions can easily be used or moved to the […]

Top 10: “Ways to Help Your Students Return to In-Person School”

10. Offer Students an Open Discussion Time to Talk, Before and After Their First Week.  9. Be Available Virtually and In-Person After-School.  8. Support Parents in the Process. 7. Teach a Late “Back to School” Lesson to Help Students Prepare to Return to In-Person Learning.  6. Offer a “Virtual” Study Hall for Students to Meet […]

Building Blocks of Constructive Teaching (Part 2)

Last Week, I introduced the educational concept of “constructivism.” In case you missed it, “constructivism” is an understanding of how a learner builds knowledge for themselves through the building blocks of discovery, hands-on, experiential, collaborative, project-based, and task-based learning in order to engage knowledge. But beyond these educational building blocks, what are the spiritual building […]

Teaching Help/Object Lesson: “How’s Your Walk?”

Quick Lesson Illustration/Object Lesson On Your Christian Walk and Following Jesus.  Scripture Suggestions: – Micah 6:8 – John 12:35 – Gal. 5:16 – Eph. 5:1-3 – Col. 3:7 – I John 1:5-7 Illustration: – Dress Shoes: Your Christian Walk only comes out on Sunday, when you want to show off how spiritual you are.  You […]

Hint/Help: “How’s Your Walk?” (Object Lesson/Illustration)

Quick Lesson Illustration On Your Christian Walk and Following Jesus.  Scripture Suggestions: – Micah 6:8 – John 12:35 – Gal. 5:16 – Eph. 5:1-3 – Col. 3:7 – I John 1:5-7 Illustration: – Dress Shoes: Your Christian Walk only comes out on Sunday, when you want to show off how spiritual you are.  You are […]

Interview/Podcast: “Scope and Sequence Development” (YM Sidekick Podcast)

HERE IS A RECENT PODCAST WITH MY FRIEND TOM POUNDER OF “YM SIDEKICK” From The YM SIDEKICK SITE: “Scope and Sequence is an education term mostly applied to curriculum. The Department of Education from the state of Massachusetts has a great definition of it. A “scope and sequence is an overview of the skills and […]