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Got a great question from a fellow youth worker this week about topics we cover every year in our youth ministry. It was a quick answer for me – and I’ll share those below – but would LOVE for you to share in the comments what you teach on each year as well:

Purpose/Identity
Each year, I try to start the school year with a 1-off message or short series about your purpose in life, the purposes for the church and our new identity in Christ. Every year it is framed differently and people might not even recognize it is intentionally the same message every student needs to hear again and again.

Sex/Friendship/Relationships
This is the easiest one on the list – simply because this is by far the biggest felt need of students so we for sure cover it every year. It is the most widely promoted, best attended series of the year. Last year’s version was called Facebook Official and was really great.

Apologetic Series
This is a more recent addition to our “teach on every year” list but it has become more and more important to see that students are challenged to build a stronger foundation for their faith. The past few years we’ve brought in a special guest speaker who specializes in this (maybe you could find a local Bible college professor or something) to help you bring the heat that series.

Life/Teachings of Jesus
Every year I want us to do a clear Life of Christ series. Maybe 3-4 weeks on the teachings, miracles, statements, sermons, parables – something that centers on Jesus alone.

I think those are the big ones – oh, one last thing – I would have added that we do a Christmas series every year … but this year, we’re trying something new and doing a series called InstaLife in December then joining up with families/parents the week of Christmas. Hope it goes well!

JG

5 COMMENTS

  • Andy says:

    Great list! We’ve done apologetics in the past and I’m wondering what topics specifically you try to touch on?

    Thanks man!

  • Tom Shriver says:

    I always make sure to do a “Q and A” session at least one or two times a year. This is a must for me – it’s good for two reasons:

    1) Youth have questions that often go unanswered! This is a way for them all to ask ANY questions at all (I tell them to do one “serious” questions and one “silly” questions. They write them down on a piece of paper and I draw them at random and do as many as I can in our session. The mix of silly and serious keeps it fun and deep at the same time)

    2) Sometimes it’s just hard to come up with an original lesson!

  • I’m so grateful for HSM’s ministry. My daughter is an eighth grader this year as you know I think but excited as she makes the transition next year. I love that you share on these important topics. These are our torchbearers and so grateful they are getting Godly encouraging love and support. Thank you!

  • Josh says:

    That is a great way to prioritize teaching. One series I would add is how to understand family, respect authority, forgiveness and how to work through conflict with family and friends

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