A complete discipleship system for leading intentional preteen and youth ministry

It’s closing in on summer quickly! Already, kids are enjoying the bliss of sleeping in late, going to the pool, family vacations, and all the fun things. Just around the corner, the new school year starts and you should already be thinking about the curriculum for next school year. Here are 4 key factors to keep in mind as you evaluate youth ministry curriculum.

The vision of your ministry should determine your curriculum, not the other way around.

The curriculum shouldn’t determine the direction of your ministry. If you are the bus driver the vision is the destination and the curriculum is your GPS. In my opinion, your student ministry vision should reflect the vision of the church.

Your curriculum should challenge students from the Word and take students to the Word.

What we teach and the direction of our vision should come directly from the Bible. As you look at curriculum will students be challenged from the Scripture? The challenge is good. Curriculum should also drive them to the Word in their own daily life.

Cohesiveness between your large group message and your small group lesson is important to the vision.

Sometimes we throw too many concepts at our students for them to digest in one week. What if we focused on that one thing we wanted them to learn, take home, and apply in their life? It’s easier to drink from a cup than a geyser. Small group discussion that is tied to the message from large group gives students time to process, time to unpack, and time to apply what they have learned.

Your time is valuable. How will you invest it?

I have written my curriculum in the past and that took up the bulk of the time I had in my work week. We only have so much time to invest in student ministry each week. Would you rather use that time to build relationships with your students? How about having that extra time to find and invest in volunteers?

God has blessed us with some great publishers of student ministry curriculum. Publishing houses, Mega Church downloads, buddy down the road sharing his curriculum with you—whatever curriculum you choose make sure it fits the vision and the doctrine of your church. Always keep in mind that no matter where you get your curriculum it will probably need to be tweaked to fit your ministry.

Try Deep Discipleship Students

Deep Discipleship Students is a complete curriculum and system with everything you need for ministry to junior high and high school students.

  • Bible-based Teaching with Graphics and Videos
  • Fun and Intentional Programming that covers your whole year
  • Volunteer Resources to help you build a Relational Volunteer Team
  • Tools that equip parents as the primary faith influencers at home
  • Leadership Training to prepare your students to live on mission
  • Bible-based Teaching with Graphics and Videos
  • Fun and Intentional Programming that covers your whole year
  • Volunteer Resources to help you build a Relational Volunteer Team
  • Tools that equip parents as the primary faith influencers at home
  • Leadership Training to prepare your students to live on mission

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in Illinois and graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Christian Education. He started in youth ministry as a adult volunteer, leading a small group of junior high boys. The experience shaped the way Doug thinks about youth ministry and how students learn. After spending six years as a volunteer, Doug become the full-time high school youth pastor at a church in Wheaton, Illinois. He served as a youth pastor for 12 years in various churches. As Doug thought about what was really working in youth ministry, he came to the conclusion that everything becomes more effective when students lead. So in 1994, Doug started LeaderTreks to partner with youth workers to help them develop their students as leaders. In 2003 LeaderTreks added leadership training for youth workers. It started with five youth workers coming to LeaderTreks for intense training and grew into LeaderTreks’ Refuel Retreats. Doug understands that being a youth worker requires us to lead students, adult volunteers, parents, and church leaders. He wants to help youth workers lead well and to see them become more effective for the purpose of helping students love God.

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