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.
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.
Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, optional
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes
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.”
“This course helped me to rethink how I work with my students in the church setting. It was so helpful to have input from other people working with youth.”
About the Instructors
Lori Richey is the Director of Faith Formation for the Institute for Discipleship and the Program Director for IFD Certifications. She is an experienced Lead Instructor for the IFD Certification in Youth Ministry and co-directs the Summit Youth Academy, which is a summer retreat for high school juniors and seniors to hear and follow God’s call.
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.