When it comes to working with young people, the size of your tool belt matters. Knowing how much pizza to order for a lock-in is pretty important, but much more so is how to help the young people you care about understand and engage with the Bible – and this course will prepare you for that task.
In this 6-week course, learners will explore best practices for discovering and teaching the Bible with youth. It will cover scriptural foundations, gospel exploration, Biblical translations and interpretation, and methods for effectively teaching the Bible.
The course includes reading and reflection that will deepen your own understanding of the Bible and what it means for our lives today, video teaching and observation, interactive discussion with other course participants, and practical methods that you can use in your ministry setting immediately. We’ll talk about teaching styles and learning styles, how to choose (or write) curriculum, and most importantly, how to satisfy the yearning that young people already have to know God’s word more deeply.
In addition to Blackboard interactions, two optional Zoom meetings will be held on Thursday evenings in weeks two and five, with learner input on time.
Students are required to have the following books for this course:
- The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story, 2nd edition, by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
- Teaching the Bible to Adults and Youth, by Dick Murray
- Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines, 10th Anniversary Edition
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructors
Lori Richey is the Director of Online Education for the Institute for Discipleship and is an experienced Lead Instructor for the IFD Certification in Youth Ministry. Lori received a Certification in Youth Ministry from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 and served as youth director for 11 years at Calvary United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan.
Past Students Said…
“I really liked the interaction with the other students. It made me feel not so alone in the journey, knowing that so many of them where very close to being in same situation as I was.”
“The highlight of this course was learning how to write my own lesson to use with my youth group, including all of the components necessary for success. They were so much more engaged than when I used canned curriculum!”
“Lori’s feedback each week was very helpful and encouraging.”