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Try These Creative Sermon Series Ideas

Our team here at Group/Simply Youth Ministry spent two years developing an approach to a youth ministry staple—the sermon series—that creates a growth-rich environment for students. We discovered a lot along the way. For example, almost everyone in youth ministry uses sermon/talk series at their main weekly gathering, but very few are truly happy with the end results.…

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Youth Ministry Malpractice #1: Why Lectures Are a Waste of Words

Nobel laureate Professor Carl Wieman raised hackles recently by branding the college lecture—the world’s most popular (and notorious) teaching strategy—as “educational malpractice.” Wieman won his Noble for physics but has made a name for himself as an educational reformer. He’s the teaching equivalent of Don Quixote, tilting at the windmill of one-way communication as a learning strategy.…

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Misquoting the Truth

Robin Williams is a liar. At least, his character in the great movie “Dead Poet’s Society” is… or is misinformed. Just like you. Just like me. Esquire Magazine referenced a quote by novelist Nicolson Baker of how one of William’s catchphrases in the movie was mistranslated: “Carpe diem” doesn’t mean seize the day — it means something gentler and more sensible.…

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Be Careful How You Teach

  Today I was looking through some really excellent small group curriculum. I loved the way it dug into lead students in going deeper with their relationship with Christ.  However, it also held one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to pre-written curriculum: It was really written for an adult, not a student.…

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How to Create A Sermon

A pastor was working on his weekly sermon one day while his son watched. “Dad,” the boy asked, “how do you know what to say every week?” “God tells me,” he answered, writing some more thoughts on his sketch pad. The boy watched for a few minutes more and asked, “Are you sure it’s God?” “Absolutely,” the dad replied.…

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