The Things I’m Reading This Week (January 15th, 2020)

This week’s articles include resources on teaching teens how to read their Bible, thoughts on leading your student ministry to be more than just games and a devotion, and an evaluation of missions and the next generation.

Thinking about reading the Bible with a teenager can be incredibly intimidating. What does it look like to walk throughthe Bible together? Here are some helpful things to consider if you want to start family devotions with the older kids in your family.

Speaking of reading the Bible, if you’re like me, you might like to keep notes as you read through Scripture. Here’s a great article on recording your thoughts with intentionality. Paul Carter shares some ideas for how you can turn your Bible into something you can pass on to the next generation.

Don’t let the title scare you. If you’re like me, you want as many generations as possible involved in the student ministry. But how can we practically make that happen? Dave Wright has some great ideas to help you begin to create a culture in your church that integrates multiple generations of adults in the lives of students.

This article, by Micah Hayes and featured on For the Church, addresses another issue of student ministry that I’ve spent a lot of time trying to think through. How might I see our student ministry as a means to equip teenagers for the seven years I have them? I think this quote encapsulates why his thoughts are helpful to me: “My entire philosophy of student ministry changed with this one major realization: Our high school graduates aren’t leaving; we’re sending them. This simple change in wording totally shifted my view and practice of student ministry.”

Today’s final article comes from the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. Scott and Lesley Hildreth approach this issue from an interesting perspective- looking at the things we do (intentionally or unintentionally) that discourage the next generation from being a missionary to the nations.

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