This is a continuation of an earlier post - see below.
Here are 2 other big-picture principles for incorporating doctrine into your church’s youth ministry:
Develop ways to reinforce Biblical truth in various educational settings.
My high school basketball coach was a master at developing a style of coaching that permeated the entire school system. Not only did the varsity team play one way, but so did the junior varsity, the freshmen team, and even the junior highers. The offenses were the same and the defenses were the same. Every basketball player in our community grew up learning that one style of basketball.
Likewise, our students learn effectively from consistent reinforcement of Biblical truth. Undoubtedly, this process starts at home where parents teach God’s Word to their children, but that routine must continue at church in the various educational ministries that reach and teach students. Consistent presentation of Biblical truth is a powerful, life-changing tool. Wise church leaders working in constant collaboration with Godly parents can and should develop a thorough and comprehensive curriculum throughout the church’s entire educational system that covers the “whole counsel of God” and that presents systematic Biblical truth.
Provide real-life opportunities for your students to think and live Biblically.
One reason that I am a big fan of youth ministry is that our ministries encourage our students to implement the truth of what they are learning into various life situations. The goal is for our students to be “doers of the Word” (James 1:22). I really believe that our teenagers will be more likely to continue on in their faith and will be more confident to stand up for what they believe if they have had guidance in applying Biblical principles to the various real-life experiences of their day-to-day lives.
Now it’s time to talk about “how”. How are you teaching theology to your youth group? Please send me your thoughts or materials (firstname.lastname@example.org) - or post your specific, practical ideas below.