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"DAVID MIERS is reported to be in the top 10 cage fighters in Gosford. He has some serious dish washing skills and thinks that Elizabeth Bennet is hot. Although he thinks that his wife Rowena is hotter. David works in youth ministry for a great church. Likes to: speak in third person, watch and play soccer, eat food and surf the web. He has never watched Star Wars."

Youth Ministry: Preaching

In today's new episode of On the Poddy we talk with our Kiwi friend (Megan) about preaching in church. She spoke of the fluffy topical preaching she grew up with compared to the practise at our church. I love the diet we get at church. Typically we work through a book of the Bible during the school term and during the holidays we will have topical/different sermons. I personally think that that is the best diet for a healthy church. What's your church like??

In youth ministry I think we need to think in a similar way. The temptation is to give too much weight to 'topics'. However, in the last 2 years, I've spoken 5or6 times on sex stuff as it has occurred in the series' we've been doing.

What does a typical year look like for your youth ministry? (re: what you preach through etc...)

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  • Anonymous CJ says so:
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 11:10:00 am  

    I think that it is extremely important to have a strategic preaching programme both in church and in youth ministry. Our programme for our senior youth group (years 9-12) works as follows:

    * Summer Madness (camp in January to kick off the year, and get the core kids fired up for the year)

    * Term 1 - a series that gets the kids thinking about evangelism and why they need to be sharing the gospel with their family / friends.

    * TMF (Our big evangelistic camp in the hols between terms 1 and 2, where the kids put into practice what they have heard in term 1 by inviting their non-christian friends along)

    * Term 2 - A gospel. (Always good for core kids to hear, but the aim is that we will have new kids as a result of TMF)

    * Term 3 - An epistle.

    * Term 4 - Topical.

    We have been using this structure for the past few years now, and it seems to be working fairly well. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 1:13:00 pm  

    thanks for the overview cj. it's a very good and very deliberate.

    what does the series in term 1 normally look at - is it topical or from one book or from a bunch of books???

    in term 4 what are some of the topical series' you've done in recent years?

    what about the old testament? top

  • Anonymous CJ says so:
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 4:23:00 pm  

    The term one series varies. Sometimes it is from one book, sometimes froma a variety. Last year we used the letters to the seven churches from Revelation in term 1, this year we jumped around using the theme of "this world needs jesus". We don't tend to do a lot of OT at youth group, but it would usually come into term 1. How do you guys fit your OT in?

    Topical series are usually focussed on Christian living. Have a look at this term's outline to see what we are doing this year. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 10:50:00 pm  

    friday nights for both juniors and seniors is roughly (no particular order)
    -a letter
    -something - this might be topical -it mimght be another letter

    the Ot is gold. there some great stories in there... we learn about a great God (and a stupid people!) and i think it's a great opportunity to teach Biblical theology and how Christ is in all the scriptures. top