2. TEACH ONE CONCEPT. Students are not stupid. They can learn more than is expected of them. Don’t dumb it down, just focus your one concept with laser intensity. Give them one big idea – sin, Scripture, the Cross, Jesus’ divinity, the resurrection – something to focus the entire message around.
3. ASK A
LOT OF QUESTIONS. Make the lesson interactive by calling on kids. Ask questions throughout the message to keep students engaged to see what they are thinking. The purpose of asking question is not merely to get a right answer, but to ascertain their level of understanding. Throw out a candy bar to the kids who give good answers, which keeps it fun and light. When students ask a question, let other students try to answer it. If they don’t get it right, then you can answer it. The point is to get students thinking and talking about faith and content of the Bible.
4. BE ENTHUSIASTIC YOURSELF TO KEEP THE ROOM ALIVE. Students don’t just believe what you teach. They get excited about the things you get excited about. If God’s Word does not light your fire, it’s not going to light theirs either.
5. MAKE IT FUN. Have a sense of humor when appropriate. Get students up front leading worship or sharing their testimony. Plan activities that will help the kids to develop relationships with each other and adult mentors. Use interesting props or anything else that might keep it fun yet still reverent toward God.
10. AND ABOVE ALL, ENCOURAGE & INSIST THAT STUDENTS BE IN THE ADULT SERVICE ON SUNDAY, WHICH IS THE “LORDS DAY.” Students should be attending Sunday services for corporate worship just like anyone else. Sunday is the “Lord’s Day” and we are commanded to gather for corporate worship on that day. They are not “little people” who need to be segregated from adults and entertained with cake-and-ice-cream parties. They are young adults who should be integrated with older adults so that they will start acting like adults. After all, if they can attend school for 8 hours a day learning subjects like algebra, chemistry, history, science, and literature, they are old enough to learn, worship, and comprehend what’s taking place in the adult service. Besides, by integrating them into the adult service as part of their discipleship training, they will more likely to stay in church after they graduate from high school.