Youth Worker Question

Recently a youth worker called asking for help in finding curriculum for urban students to help them understand and develop their faith. He works with primarily unchurched students, and wants something he could use for their weekly Bible Study.

He also would like to take 6-8 urban students on a mission trip to Africa. He is looking for any insight, ideas or connections that might help him get started.

So we’d like to hear from you…

What curriculum/resources do you use for your weekly gatherings? What resources do you wish you had weekly to help with your ministry?

Do any of you have insight into taking students to Africa?

5 Responses to “Youth Worker Question”

  1. Jesica 02/11/2007 at 11:59 pm #

    I just happened along your question, and wanted to share.
    I have been blown away by how people receive working through one of Precept Ministries’ 40 minute Bible studies.
    They are designed so that a group can open up the book, and work together through one chapter in 40 minutes.
    The whole book is done in 6 sessions.
    I’d highly suggest starting with “Having a Real Relationship With God”.
    It’s superb, and covers all that unchurched people need to see from Scripture about salvation.
    Precept Ministries’ goal is to teach people how to study the Bible for themselves.
    So, once the students understand how to study, they will have those tools for their lifetime.
    I’ve done this particular study with new believers, unbelievers, teenagers, and adults.
    It’s really wonderful!
    In Him,

  2. jeremy 02/12/2007 at 5:23 pm #

    Check out Tony Sheng’s blog for lots of great insights, books, and curriculum recommendations re. short-term missions: Also the One Life Curriculum is a free resource related to global justice:

  3. tony sheng 02/12/2007 at 6:58 pm #

    Hi Ben,

    I led a team of high school students to Cameroon in the summer of 06. I also serve as the coordinator for student missions for a church outside Baltimore, MD.

    A few quick things off the top of my head – [probably more towards your second question]
    – Short Term Missions Workbook – Tim Dearborn – phenomenal guide to mission experiences in the long view of discipleship
    – Operation World – great to give students a big view of the world
    – Invisible Children – might be kind of shocking – I haven’t personally seen it, but heard tons about it.
    – The Justice Mission Youth studies – or something like that – talks about global justice, put together by the International Justice Mission and Youth Specialties – not used it but definitely worth a look.

    In terms of Africa:
    – keep in mind each country is very unique
    – probably one of the biggest cultural jumps from the US
    – will change your idea of community, family and sacrifice – our hosts gave everything for our stay
    – find a host that you know you can trust
    – try to have your students stay with local families to try engage and experience the culture

    Definitely feel free to get in touch directly if you have more questions. Also, the link below has some details about our specific experience.

  4. Dave Clark 02/13/2007 at 1:07 pm #

    This ministry might be helpful for taking students on trips to Africa

  5. Bevaaceme 03/22/2008 at 6:55 pm #

    Do you know if some company use the same marketing concept as Webkinz?

    I’m writing a few articles right now and want to get some info and opinions.

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