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Discipleship
Ronald Long

Last night we were having our Sunday evening program. I was a little perplexed about how to approach the subject.

It’s not everyday I get told we should have a discussion about aliens!

Yup, extraterrestrials. Intelligent beings on other planets.

You see, we’ve been walking through a book called 77 FAQ’s about God and the Bible. I recommend it to you and your students! It’s a great book with one- to three-page summaries on some really heavy questions. A while back we read through every question and the students picked which ones they wanted to talk about.

That in and of itself was torture.

Every time I heard a question I thought we should talk about, they passed it up. Every questions I heard and thought “Wow that’s a little odd,” they went right for it.

So that’s why we talked about aliens!

Youth ministers: Most of the time you get to set the lesson. And I think that’s awesome! Walk through Hosea. Study that difficult-but-under-preached passage in Hebrews or Romans or Revelation.

But every now and then, I think you should let your students pick what you talk about!

When I sit down to plan out my teaching calendar (yes, I’m that kind of speaker/teacher), I will most of the time go through our Strategy or Vision and look at what we need to teach to accomplish that. Every now and then, however, I’ll sit down with a group of student leaders and ask “What do you guys want to talk about?”

Nine times out of ten they’ll bring up a topic I didn’t even have on my radar.

That helps me as a youth minister know what my students are thinking about or dealing with, and it helps our students know how the Bible can answer their very real everyday questions!

So the next time you sit down to plan out some talks, poll some students and see what you come up with!

You just may talk about aliens.

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