Free files for youth pastors:
Do you ever get tired of the same old, same old when it comes to youth curriculum? I don’t know about you, but I get so frustrated with the low expectations writers and publishers have on teenagers. Do they think teenagers aren’t studying British Literature, Calculus, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Advanced Grammar, Western Civilization, etc? If these students are studying those tough courses in school, no wonder they are bored in church with the shallow and watered-down lessons, studies, and sermons we give them!
In fact, its interesting to me how much we shy away from teaching our students doctrine. I think we shy away from teaching our students sytematic theology for three reasons. First, maybe we don’t understand systematic theology and its importance enough personally for us to be able to teach it. Or secondly, maybe the way we teach it is more boring than the watered down curriculum. Third, maybe we just don’t think its important. But, if you look at nearly every student ministry curriculum out there, they all believe in a systematic theology. They all think that a certain set of truths is most important for students to understand. So the question is…which ones are more important? The 7 Checkpoints, the 5 C’s, …or the 13 orthodox core-doctrines handed down to the saints starting with the early church? My vote is the last one!
Here is an overview of systematic theology, what it is, and why it is important in student ministry. I pray that this type of teaching will ingnite and spread like wild fire through our youth ministries, to our churchs, and throughout the world for the centrality and supremacy of Christ! I do hope these files are helpful to you, your students, and your student ministry as a whole.