The Word in Youth Ministry Podcast Interview - Scope and Sequence for Student Ministry
I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on The Word in Youth Ministry Podcast with my good friend Kyle Hoffsmith. It was a delight to talk about scope and sequence and planning what you teach in student ministry.
You can listen to the podcast episode at the bottom of this post. I highly recommend this podcast series if you are a ministry worker involved in any next generation ministries.
Here are several of principles I would recommend.
Principles for Planning a Teaching Calendar in Student Ministry
- Start with a definition or description of a what kind of disciple you want to produce (Clarify the Win)
- Identify the primary areas, subjects, and behaviors you want to re-enforce (Narrow the Focus)
- Make a plan. Work the plan. (If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail)
- Consistently communicate the "Why" of the plan. Involve parents and lay leaders. Help them see the plan and ask them to partner with you.
- Be flexible - Don't be a slave to the plan. Let God work as well (testimonies, guest speakers, prayer, etc.).
- Survey students and parents to find what subjects they believe are most important.
- Borrow from others. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Find and use great curriculum plans.
- Be thoroughly Biblical. If you aren't giving them truth from God's Word you are not bringing what is most valuable to them.
- Teach for life-change. Help students understand WHY they believe, HOW to live it out, and to know and love the WHO (Jesus!). Don't just teach them WHAT to believe.
- Raise the bar. Don't lower the bar for the bottom 10% of your students, give opportunities to grow, learn, and lead for the top 10%.
Some of examples of teaching plans we have used at Berean:
Listen to the podcast below: