By Center for Youth Ministry Training 5/28/19
We polled our CYMT alumni and coaches for some summer programming ideas—the little things that they do during the summer that don’t require fundraising or packing a suitcase.
Instead of a routine Bible study of sitting around asking each other questions, try a “Bible Do.” Focus on a verse or passage in the Bible and then go out and do an action that revolves around that verse or passage. Some ideas might include:
-Prayer walks in local neighborhoods
-Share prayer requests by laying in the grass and looking up at the sky
-Have students bring in an object/cheap gift that represents themselves to give away like a white elephant gift exchange
-Ask people for prayer requests at Sonic
-Randomly paying for someone’s meal at a restaurant
-Sing praise songs and shouting out praises to God at local parks
-Writing encouragement letters
-Seeking God in solitude
-Visiting homebound church members
-Going to church members’ houses and praying for them
-And most of all letting students come up with ideas they want to “DO” inspired by scripture.
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]