Back-to-School: Teaching-Prep Best Practices

YouthMinistry.com | 9/17/2019 | Staff
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Socrates said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Likewise, our unexamined study-prep rituals can lead to teaching that isn’t worth delivering.

1. Get alone with Jesus. We have so much going on in ministry that it’s easy to blow past the “gas stations” along our superhighway. We’re running on fumes, spiritually speaking, and our engine is sputtering. Quiet, restful, expectant time with Jesus is a necessity—that’s where depth and relevance in our teaching come from.

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2. Tap into what Jesus is doing in your life. Out of the overflow of our own pursuit of Jesus comes the “living water” our teenagers need most. Because you are called to the ministry you serve, your life is the well Jesus wants to dip into—so “notice what you notice” about what He’s stirring in you.

3. Keep a whiteboard or journal record of the sparks and insights Jesus shares with you. The Spirit of Jesus, we know, is like the wind, which “blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going” (John 3:8). Well, a whiteboard or journal is like a sail that can catch and direct that “wind.” Make sure you have a habitual way of capturing what...
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