An 8 Week Summer Curriculum:
This summer I am spending our student ministry gathering studying the book of Ephesians. This study is an outgrowth of my recent book, "From the Pen to the Palace," and is an attempt to help our increasingly post-Christian students come to know, love and serve Jesus. (Even as their starting point is pretty far from the Judeo-Christian worldview of their parents.)
Every week I will
- Share a talk outline.
- A powerpoint presentation.
- 5 Days of Devotions
This 5 day devotional is an attempt to try out a new discipleship model for our post-Christian students. This model has 4 parts. First students are encouraged to "Encounter" God through His word. Then after that, they are given questions to "Be Reflective," and then prodded to consider how to, "Be a Blessing," and finally encouraged to "Be Together," to work this all out.
This is rough draft. It is the curriculum and devos that are specific to my students in my context. I am simply sharing it as a discipline for myself to actually do a decent job this summer with my kids. It is where I am choosing to spend my writing efforts this summer. And I hope that it might be a help or resource or encouragement for you.
If you would, I would love to know your thoughts, perspective, and push back so I can make this better, and hopefully make some easier onramps for my students to know, love, and follow Jesus!
Here is week 7:
Now that we are rounding the corner, we will spend this week with the traditional Do's and Don'ts of the Christian faith.
Behavior Management gets a bad rap and most of us handles this loosely when dealing with our students. But in the framework of our adoption into the Family of God and and invitation to mature into Godly adults, we must own up to the brutal reality that our behavior matters.
There is a lot to cover, so instead of parching at them for too long, I suggest a brief introduction then have your small groups work out the Do's and Don'ts and then to share them as a group!
Good luck navigating behaviors as a natural response to the love and grace of Jesus :)
May our students desire to love God and others with their actions. May they develop convictions and say no the the behaviors that crush them and others, and embrace the behaviors that build others up. Behaviors matter, may we work to bring this back into our spiritual diet.