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Tony Brooks: The Youth Will Set You Free!

Posted: 4/10/18 at 10:00am. Post by Tony Brooks.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV)

Youth and children can teach us many lessons as teachers. Let’s take a moment to learn from them! Here are some ideas:

A youth pastor recently told me about a Sunday night youth meeting. The question asked of them was, “What would you like to tell your Sunday School teachers about Sunday School?” They answered:

Be on time! Many young people shared that the teacher was late every Sunday. A teacher should be in his/her class at least 15 minutes before the first student arrives. Once, years ago, where I walked into the youth Sunday School space, I found that the lights were not on five minutes before class was to start. The teacher was not there, but I found a visitor sitting in the dark! What were we saying to this visitor? We are not prepared, or we do not care enough!

The teacher should be present and should already have questions on the board before the first student walks in each Sunday. We call that Total Period Teaching. They need to be engaged at the beginning. Teachers of all ages should do this!

Don’t read the lesson. Engage me! Youth are always multi-tasking. We live in an age where students must be engaged. Merely reading the lesson insults them and bores them to tears! I believe adults feel the same way. Edgar Dale reminds us that a lecture will only lead to 5% retention after three days. Discussion moves that number to 50%. If you have your learners do research and share with the class, it leads to 90% retention!

Show them that you care! Are you texting the youth during the week? Do you try to go to their extracurricular activities? If you do, they will care about what you have to say.

We live in a different world in some ways, but all youth across the generations want to know that you care and that you are ready to listen to them.

I am thankful for youth who set the example.

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7