There are companies out there who employ tons of people to plan, write, dream, organize, design, and produce small group materials for your church.
So why in the world would you write your own?
Well, youth ministers have never been the smartest people…
Seriously, for me, it’s just because I love the process. I love diving into God’s word and pulling out the awesome truths to teach to my group through our small group leaders.
And I’m a mental case.
Don’t let this serve as a “how to” write material but rather just see this as a “how I” write material.
What’s the Point?
The very first thing I do is figure what needs to be said. Is this a series on Cliques? Is this a study of a book of the Bible? Is this a study on a chapter of the Bible?
Find out what you are trying to say and how long it will take to say it. Is this a one shot lesson or a five week series? Plan it out at the beginning.
Make it Stick
Go lesson by lesson (or just work on your one) and figure out the main idea or teaching point of the lesson right then. Why? Because it’ll give you focus as you write out each and help you go from one lesson to the next.
When I write a series, I like to make each lesson flow the same way. Do I want a game at the front end, or something else? Do I want a video in each lesson that the small group leader pulls up somehow? How do I want the lesson to end? This is mainly for your small group leaders. Lessons that are constructed uniformly help them know what’s coming.
*Note–Just because it’s uniform, doesn’t mean it should be predictable. You may know an illustration or game comes first. That doesn’t mean it has to be the same kind of game or illustration every time! More on that later.
Study Like Crazy
You know your topic, you know your main points, now start studying! Start with lesson one and go crazy. Look at commentaries. Listen to sermons. Check out your Bible’s study notes. Make notes, highlight, copy and paste, do whatever it takes to dive in for each lesson and see what wonderful truths are hidden within.
Stay tuned for part two…