Monday, March 29, 2021

Youth Ministry Course

This is an elective course for International Online Bible College, but anyone may use this material free of charge. 


Scope of the Course: In this course, you will gain the knowledge you need to create a healthy and growing youth ministry.

Grading: Your grade will be based on the written assignments below and your completion of the Use Your Gifts final project.

 

To complete the course...

1. Watch the following videos:

What Does a Youth Pastor Do All Week?


 

7 Guardrails for Youth Pastors


Assignment: Draft a 250-word plan for ensuring your actions with students are above suspicion. Consider these your personal rules and policies. (250 points)

 

2. How to Make Your Youth Ministry Room Better 


Assignment: Draft a 150-word plan on how to create the best space for your youth activities. How will your space need to change as your ministry grows? What if changing your space isn't an option due to budget constraints? (150 points)

 

3. Watch the following videos: 

Understanding Relational Youth Ministry


Enhancing Relational Youth Ministry


Assignment: Draft a 250-word plan for forming a relationship with each student who visits your ministry. (250 points) 


4. Watch Infuse Some LIFE Into Your Youth Ministry


Assignment: Draft a 150-word plan for reaching out to students in crisis or who are hurting.

 

5. Watch 4 Ways to Keep Students' Attention During Your Sermon


 

and read my article The Most Effective Way to Teach a Youth Bible Study

Assignment: Discuss how to keep students engaged during a youth sermon or Bible study. When is it best to give a youth talk vs. lead a Bible study in youth ministry? (250 words minimum, 250 points) 


6. Watch Discipline in Youth Ministry


Assignment: Draft a 150-word plan for disciplining students in a loving way. What are the rules you would put in place and the steps you
would take to enforce discipline? (150 points)

 

7. Watch How to Grow Your Youth Group


Assignment: Draft a 250-word plan for reaching out to new students. (250 points) 

 

8. Watch A Fool-Proof System to Follow Up with New Students

Assignment: Draft a 150-word plan for following up with new students who visit your ministry. (150 points)

 

9. Watch the following videos:

What to Do When Attendance Drops


 

Building Systems to Support Healthy Growth



6 Mistakes that Kill Growth 


Assignment: List and discuss the various structures mentioned in the videos. How can each one ensure the health and growth of your ministry? (500 words minimum, 500 points)

 

10. Watch The Complete 1-Year Strategy to Grow Your Youth Ministry


Assignment: Draft a weekly, monthly, and yearly plan for how to structure youth ministry in your setting. (500 points)


11. Use Your Gifts (1150 points) 

Choose one topic from this course for your final project. It may be writing a Bible study, recording yourself preaching a sermon, writing a worship song, creating a work of art, writing a research paper on a topic of interest, gathering a list of Bible verses on a certain theme, gathering a list of quotes on a theme, etc. – anything that shows you have engaged with and understood the subject.

Bible Helps may publish your writing assignments and final project as an example to other students and for the edification of our readers. You will be credited as the writer/creator, etc.

 

 

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