Teaching That Makes a Difference: How to Teach for Holistic Impact (YS Academic)

 
9780310252474: Teaching That Makes a Difference: How to Teach for Holistic Impact (YS Academic)

This comprehensive, research-informed textbook reviews all aspects of traditional and contemporary theories and experience in youth ministry, but also points to the future by analyzing youth culture and charting innovative paradigms in the art and craft of teaching. The book is fueled by the urgent need in youth ministry to better reach students, to inform them about God’s will for their lives, and to encourage change in their lives beyond the youth group setting. Features include: · Website dedicated to the book, including chats hosted by the author · Scriptural instruction on reaching the minds, hearts, and souls of students · Cultural analysis of adolescents in ministry contexts and in the larger community · Explanation of learning styles: auditory, visual, tactile, kinesthetic · Explanation of multiple intelligences: imaginative, analytic, common sense, dynamic · Tips on creativity: where to find ideas, list of teaching methods

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Dan Lambert EDD, is associate professor of Youth Ministries at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR. He has been involved in mission work in the Ukraine and Bosnia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Youth Ministry Educators Association and is general editor of YMEA's publication, The Journal of Youth Ministry.

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C H A P T E R 1 WHAT IS HOLISTIC TEACHING? (And Why Teaching Well Matters) '[My Christian friends would] say they're Christians because they say they believe in God, and they go to church usually. And I say, 'That doesn't make you a Christian. What makes you a Christian is believing all that and living it out.' They don't live it out. They do far worse things than I do and that makes them hypocrites.' ---CLAIRE, A COLLEGE FRESHMAN 'I think a lot of people are losing their religion. Definitely. Even me, I know that when I grew up I used to go to church every Sunday, and now it's become holidays. But I think as long as you have your own thing, whether it's meditation---anything that centers you in life is good. Do I pray? Yeah, I do.' ---ACTRESS KIRSTEN DUNST * * * * * The future of the church is in trouble, and those of us who teach youth need to step up and accept our share of the blame. God has entrusted us with a high and holy calling, but we've treated it like it's just another chore in life. We rarely take the time to do it well, and often would prefer not to do it at all. We wait until the last minute to get ready (if we take the time at all), and only put in the effort to do it right when we know something special is happening, like visitors or evaluation. The Current Climate of Religious and Biblical Understanding in Youth Culture Our sloppiness in teaching God's Word haunts us with the maturing of the young people we typically call Generation X. Witness the incredibly high number of public figures between ages 20 and 35 who either grew up in the church or call themselves Christian, but use that term very differently than most of us might. Here are a few quotations from or about some well-known performers: JESSICA SIMPSON is 'a minister's daughter, a poor kid who moved seven times before she was eight as her father, Joe, sought work as a youth minister and therapist for abused kids in Baptist parishes around Dallas.' 'The Bible. That's my favorite book. I was an usher in church; my grandmother played the piano. And my father's a deacon now.' ---SKINNY DEVILLE (real name William Hughes) of the gangsta rap group NAPPY ROOTS 'I have an intense history with Christianity.' ---BEN MOODY, whose band, EVANESCENCE, had their albums pulled from Christian bookstores when it was discovered that band members drank and swore. 'I love the teachings of Christ, but I don't think of myself as a Christian by anyone's conventional understanding.' ---MOBY6 'I'm a believer in Jesus Christ.' ---TOM DELONGE OF BLINK-182 'I pray before we go on stage and I pray at night.' (Explaining that he absolutely believes in God, but hopes that god is not judgmental about his behavior.) ---MARK HOPPUS OF BLINK-182, known for their profanity-laced lyrics, concerts in the nude, and videos featuring porn stars NO DOUBT lead singer GWEN STEFANI 'was raised in a Christian family, which is what she blames for her worst faults---namely that she is too judgmental and not open enough.' 'I was angry. I was battling myself in my brain. I was kind of tormented by it because I was dealing with guilt issues about all the Ten Commandments and all the other things the Bible says I wasn't living in my life...[But now] I'm at peace with it. There's no guilt anymore.' ---CREED'S SCOTT STAPP 'I mean, all three of us have faith, and I think we all believe there is a God...but it's not a Christian God or a Buddhist God or a Muslim God. It's the God I see when I look at my little boy. It's the God I see in nature...It's the God that is revealed to me through the world around me.' ---CREED'S SCOTT STAPP 'We continuously surround ourselves with spiritual people, and give God our praise...It's a great thing that we speak up for our Christianity, and nobody's gonna tell us to stop.' ---BEYONCE KNOWLES OF DESTINY'S CHILD 'I'm a Christian. I go to church.' ---BRITNEY SPEARS 'I can honestly say that I'm a Christian, but my spirituality has been developed on the road and is based on my experiences with God.' ---JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, who grew up in a Baptist church with what he calls frowning, judgmental elders. 'Sure,' you might be thinking, 'but these are famous people. We shouldn't expect them to reflect the experiences and attitudes of the typical kids in our churches.' Yet all of these now-famous people once were youth in our churches and have since formed less-than-biblical, or at least radically nontraditional, views of God, Christianity, and personal faith. These are some of the gifted, talented, and driven kids that God created to be singing his praises and serving his kingdom. They're no different from the 'regular' teens we see every week at school, in our neighborhoods, and in our ministries. Still not convinced? Then take a look at what some other, non-famous young people say about their experience growing up in church. Amazing Conversions is a terrific book by Bob Altemeyer and Bruce Hunsberger (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1997) that chronicles the stories of forty-six college freshmen they called 'Amazing Apostates.' That is, these students were identified in a survey of more than 2,000 college freshmen as being among those who were raised in church-going, Christian families but had abandoned their faith by the time they reached college. Consider the following excerpts: Anne says she was very devout all the way through high school, until age 17, when she started seeing things differently. 'I just started making up my own mind, and stopped believing basically about the church' (p. 39). 'I didn't like being told how you should interpret different readings. Why can't you make up your own mind?' (p. 41). Bill thinks it very unlikely that he will ever return to religion. 'Those things aren't nearly as important to me as freedom of thought and freedom of expression' (p. 44).'I am a lot stronger than I would be if I had let Christ control my life instead of making my decisions' (p. 45). Dwight expressed concern that 'you don't have a choice. They only give you one side and that's what you have to believe in' (p. 50). [Eleanor] also hunted for answers in the Bible, which she read every evening before she went to bed...But they were answers she could not accept (p. 54). These examples could go on and on, but you get the gist. The authors make several interesting conclusions and observations based on their study. They note that several of the young people compare the religious teaching of their youth to Santa Claus: 'My parents told me that was true, too,' remarked one student. 'What is the evidence for God, really?' (p. 111, emphasis original). The authors conclude that the 'nuclear' cause of the amazing apostasy they uncovered originates with this issue: Can you believe in the Bible, and its story of

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