When it comes to working with young people, the size of your tool belt matters. Knowing how much pizza to order for a lock-in is pretty important, but much more so is how to help the young people you care about understand and engage with the Bible – and this course will prepare you for that task.
In this 6-week course, learners will explore best practices for discovering and teaching the Bible with youth. It will cover scriptural foundations, gospel exploration, Biblical translations and interpretation, and methods for effectively teaching the Bible.
The course includes reading and reflection that will deepen your own understanding of the Bible and what it means for our lives today, video teaching and observation, interactive discussion with other course participants, and practical methods that you can use in your ministry setting immediately. We’ll talk about teaching styles and learning styles, how to choose (or write) curriculum, and most importantly, how to satisfy the yearning that young people already have to know God’s word more deeply.
Students are required to have the following books for this course:
- The Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in the Biblical Story, 2nd edition, by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen
- Teaching the Bible to Adults and Youth, by Dick Murray
- Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps, and Time Lines, 10th Anniversary Edition
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
About the Instructors
Lori Richey serves as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for the Timothy Circle at the Institute for Discipleship. She connects ministry organizations to the Timothy Circle in an effort to fully support young people as they hear and follow God’s call in their lives. She is also the Lead Coordinator for the IFD/YMI Professional Certification in Youth Ministry and teaches three of the four required courses.
Lori received her Youth Ministry certification from Perkins School of Theology in 2015 and served in local church youth ministry for ten years at Calvary UMC in Wichita, KS. She and her husband, Steve, have three adult children and are on a mission to visit all 62 US National Parks in their lifetime. Her favorite quote by John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, is “Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God.”
Rev. Larry Greenwood served the United Methodist Church for 43 years of delightful pastoral life in the Great Plains Conference.
Pastor Greenwood embodies his value of the local church as the ‘true village of life’ in his pursuit of excellence for his own ministry and in coaching and encouraging other local church pastors, lay workers and congregational workers and leaders. Always looking for graceful ways to assist others to be effective Distributors of Grace, Larry brings his view of the Bible as our strong companion and guide for our journey to an imaginative and energetic method of Bible understanding and teaching.
Raised by Vikings on Cape Cod and the banks of the Arkansas River in Kansas, Larry grew up as a Boy Scout across the prairie while enjoying sailing along its scattered lakes and streams. He and his bride of 50 years, whom he met in MYF, enjoy the company of their 2 children, 4 grandchildren and the many friends in their extensive church family.