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Leading a teen bible study group can be a challenge. It is not always easy to catch their attention, and it can be hard to tell if they are getting anything out of what you are teaching them. If you want to encourage teenagers to be more forthcoming, attentive and engaged, here are some things you can do.
Make it Relevant
If you're like a lot of bible study leaders, you might have a few bible stories in mind that you want to share with teens in your group because of the spiritual lessons gleaned from them. However, if you cannot make it relevant to their lives in some way, the teenagers may not respond to it in the way you'd like.
Instead of talking only about the topic or story you want to teach, look for current events, films, music and other things that relate to the story. When they can mentally link your topic to something that they already know about, they can more eagerly respond to you.
When you spend any time with teenagers these days, you find out that they enjoy their telephones, laptops and video game systems. If you really want to have a bible study group that stimulates the teens you're working with, involve technology.
To do this, set up activities that use technology. For example, if you want to talk about gratitude, send the teens out with an assignment to create a video about what gratitude means to them personally. They will look forward to showing off their videos, and that can set off an enjoyable conversation about the subject at hand.
Keep in mind that every teenager might not have a smartphone, tablet or other devices. In that case, you might consider doing some things in teams or pairing up different people so that everyone can join in the fun.
Ask the Teens to Lead the Group
Teenagers can feel a sense of accomplishment and confidence when they are allowed to control portions of their lives, so give them every opportunity to do so. Ask each teen to be the group leader for a week. No one needs do it if they don't want to, but the idea of being in charge for a week can be very enticing to the teenagers in your bible study group. This practice can also be rewarding for you, because you'll get a chance to get a better idea about what they like and don't like.
When you use the tips in this article to keep teenagers engaged during bible study, they are going to be more likely to talk and interact in a positive way. Talk to other people involved in youth ministry to get more ideas about what you can do to make your group a source of information and fellowship. For more information about youth ministry, visit Crossroads Baptist Church.Share
25 September 2015