by Steph Dodge
Overview: This activity will help your youth understand who they are in God’s eyes.
Ask your youth to think about how they view themselves. Talk to them about how they might define their identity through their status at school, sports they play, the grades they get, the clothes they wear, etc. This is also a great time to share a personal story of a time when you placed your identity in something other than Christ. Read some of the verses listed above and talk about how our identity should be rooted in Christ.
Next, handout the mirrors or picture frames to every person and give them each a marker. Tell them to ask God to show them who they are in God’s eyes and have them write words or ideas directly on the mirrors or frames. Let them know that the mirrors/frames are theirs to keep so they can be honest and open about what they want to write. Have Bibles available and also a list of verses they might find helpful. Put on some music and give them some time to sit and work on it. (“Who Am I” by Casting Crowns is a good choice.)
Let the youth know that there are volunteers available if they want to talk or pray with them. Have the volunteers spaced throughout the room.
You may want to have a separate place where they can go when they are done so those who want to can work as long as they feel called to without being distracted by others who may not take the activity as seriously.
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 […]