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From time to time I post a question that comes into the blog for YOU to answer. What advice would you give this youth pastor who is asking about teaching/discipling checkpoints in their youth ministry. Weigh in!

I have encountered over the short time I’ve been in ministry a host of students that either have gotten a dose of poor theology or have many many questions that if they are believers (which most say they are) they should have a solid grasp of…I’m not sure how you do it, nor do I think there is a cookie cutter way to do it, but I’m seeking advice on how to build our Jr. High ministry from the ground up… I am wondering if maybe I should come up with 6-7…10 things that every student must know before high school? Maybe the concepts and some insights from the book of John, and James…answer critical questions like…

  • What is salvation?
  • How are we saved?
  • Who is God?
  • What is the church?
  • What is sin?

What would you say? Weigh in!

JG

5 COMMENTS

  • Phil Bell says:

    Once you are saved, can you lose your salvation?

  • DrewE says:

    it seems to me that many of these incorrect understandings (which are not limited to just Junior High students) stem from not really knowing God and not knowing God’s word. I’d consider structuring the program and curriculum around reading the entire Bible–every word–over the two or three years. Perhaps offering some considerable incentives would be helpful here–maybe a full scholarship for a week of summer camp for anyone who’s on schedule, or something similar.

  • Mike McGarry says:

    I try to focus on rotating through the contents of catechisms. As a Baptist, that’s pretty unusual, so I don’t actually use a catechism with the students (though I’ve considered it for Sunday School) but I do use it in my preparations. This way I’m rotating through the Apostles Creed, Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and significance of the ordinances. If I was focusing on just Junior High, I’d pick two of those each year and focus on other topical, thematic, or timely series for the rest of the year

  • Kyle Corbin says:

    Why Jesus?
    Why is faith relevant?

    I think we need to work on answering the Why’s students have. I have noticed one of my greatest mistakes in the past has been giving information and sometimes missing the why. Students want that answered for them.

  • Dennis says:

    As a new youth pastor, I’ve wresteled with these questions over the past few months or so. I think I’d like to try organizing around Andy Stanley’s “7 Checkpoints” but haven’t really had time (!) to sit down and plan a teaching calendar around those. Also, his menus call for 5-week series on each checkpoint for the year, which seems a bit much. But maybe just to make sure I cover the bases.

    Also, partly in response in Mike McGarry, it is believed that the book of Matthew was originally compiled for catechumens in order to instruct them in the essentials of the faith. So covering all of Matthew over the course of two years might not be a bad idea, either.

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