Speaking to Teenagers by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins is a must for all youth workers.  Whilst you may not want to do everything they say in this book, over 249 pages they share in a really easy to read manner so much on sharing the gospel with young people. I found many practical tips ranging from the layout of the room, how I research material for topics, to how you create the message – how do you bring the different elements together to create a blend that shares the gospel.

Speaking to Teenagers As I alluded to earlier the key changes for me are focussing firstly on how I retain material so that when it comes to a topic I already have a file full of illustrations, bible verses, other peoples thoughts, key quotes, great photos etc.  I have rearranged my filing cabinet so that I now have an A to Z thematic filing system to drop things in straight away.  I realised over Christmas that over the last three years I had done in the region of 60 lessons, thoughts, and assemblies on Christmas and yet I have hardly been able to reuse the material as it wasn’t easily accessible – this new filing system should change this.  Alongside this thematic approach I have found my old A4 folders with a loose-leaf NIV Bible where I will file passage specific material.  I hope this combination will lead to it being easier to recycle material but also to be constantly researching for a wide-range of topics, not just one or two.

My second focus is to up my preparation time, and to really ensure that we are sharing as a team what it is we want to teach earlier, so that more volunteers can play their part in the Bible teaching, and so that I have more time to pull the pieces together for each different session I am involved in.

As I hope you can tell, it has certainly challenged the way I prepare my messages, it has helped me clarify where I am strong and where I need to work harder.  It certainly isn’t all sorted, but I hope in the next few months there will be a noticeable improvement in my messages.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “The Christian Youth Work Awards”

  1. Chris, as part of the steering group for the Charter can you explain the thoughts behind the awards? Apart from raising awareness of certain individuals, what is it hoping to achieve?

    You can see from my blog post yesterday that I’m not totally sure about the idea. Convince me! 🙂

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