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Ideas Library: Discussion & Lesson Starters

Ideas Library: Discussion & Lesson Starters
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Ideas Library: Discussion & Lesson Starters

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This series offers youth leaders a huge range of ready-to-use resources for every aspect of group ministry - games, skits, discussion topics, Bible lessons, meeting plans, special events, fundraising, publicity, and much more! Select what you need from the 14 volumes, or get all of it in a fully searchable CD-ROM software package. Branch out and bring some fresh life to your youth ministry!

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This series offers youth leaders a huge range of ready-to-use resources for every aspect of group ministry - games, skits, discussion topics, Bible lessons, meeting plans, special events, fundraising, publicity, and much more! Select what you need from the 14 volumes, or get all of it in a fully searchable CD-ROM software package. Branch out and bring some fresh life to your youth ministry!
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Discussion & Lesson Starters Copyright 1997 by Youth Specialties ISBN-10: 0-310-22034-3 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-22034-3 Youth Specialties products, 300 S. Pierce St., El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49530. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. The material in this book may be photocopied for local use in churches, youth groups, and other Christian education activities. Special permission is not necessary. Otherwise, the contents of this book may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-without the prior permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Ideas in this book have been voluntarily submitted by individuals and groups who claim to have used them in one form or another with their youth groups. Before you use an idea, evaluate it for its suitability to your own group, for any potential risks, for safety precautions that must be taken, and for advance preparation that may be required. Youth Specialties and Zondervan are not responsible for, nor have any control over, the use or misuse of any of the ideas published in this book. Project editor: Vicki Newby Cover and interior design: Curt Sell Art director: Mark Rayburn 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 - 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 GROUPERS Groupers are unfi nished sentences like "I wish I were...." They can be used to stimulate discussion. Through them, young people can express and explore their beliefs and goals. As a result, kids can discover what their values really are. One way to use Groupers is to follow these steps: 1. Give each participant a pencil and index card. 2. You can read aloud the groupers, write them on the board, or distribute them on index cards. Then have each person complete the groupers. 3. Encourage kids to complete their groupers honestly. No one will be graded or judged right or wrong. Every answer is acceptable. Each person has the right to decline to participate and the right to anonymity. 4. Collect the completed cards, read them aloud, and discuss them. 5. Conclude your discussion by reading your own grouper, and ask for feedback. Or read your grouper with the others so that kids won't know it's yours. Conclude with your own comments about the discussion. Instead of reading answers for them, have kids read their own responses aloud. This works best if kids know each other well and if there is an atmosphere of freedom and trust among them. Kids can elaborate on their responses and answer group questions or not. All answers are acceptable, and kids can decline to participate. Here is a sampling of groupers: I fear most... I wish I were... I wish I were not... I wish I had... I wish I had not... I wish I could... If I were the leader of this country, I would... The leader of this country should... The happiest day of my life was... If I could start this year over, I would... 35 CREATIVE WAYS TO START A DISCUSSION OR LESSON ON ANY TOPIC Here are techniques general enough to fi t just about any subject, but still quirky enough to attract adolescent attention. My favorite place is... My parents should... I wish my parents wouldn't... What hurts me the most is... If I had $25, I would... I would like to tell my best friend... The worst thing a person could do is... What always makes me mad is... If I could do anything without being found out, I would... I always cry when... I always laugh when...

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Youth Specialties

For over thirty years, Youth Specialties has worked alongside Christian youth workers of just about every denomination and youth-serving organization. We're here to help you, whether you're brand new to youth ministry or a veteran, whether you're a volunteer or a career youth pastor. Each year we serve more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide through our training seminars and conventions, resources, and on the Internet. SPANISH BIO: Por mas de treinta anos Especialidades Juveniles a trabajado con lideres de jovenes cristianos de todas las denominaciones. Estan alli para ayudarle, sin importar

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Alphabetical List Of Every
  • Idea In This Book.....9
  • A Primer On Leading
  • Discussions.....15
  • 35 Creative Ways To
  • Start A Discussion
  • Or Lesson On Any Topic
  • Groupers..... 23
  • No-risk Discussion..... 24
  • Tape Talk..... 24
  • Textimony Service..... 24
  • Yarn-sharing Experience..... 24
  • Mystery Gifts..... 25
  • Mystery Guest..... 25
  • Relay Discussion..... 25
  • Spotlight Meeting..... 26
  • Wishing Well..... 26
  • Curing Discussion
  • Dominators..... 26
  • Human Continuum..... 26
  • Legos Game..... 27
  • Straw Pictures..... 27
  • Study Bubble..... 27
  • Truth Or Dare..... 27
  • Talk It Over..... 28
  • Phobia Month..... 30
  • Hangman Lessons..... 30
  • Lights On, Lights Off..... 30
  • Word Pictures..... 30
  • Crisis Response..... 31
  • Rug Discussion..... 31
  • Spiritual Adventureland..... 33
  • Sitcom Discussion..... 33
  • Triangular Teaching..... 34
  • Fish Bowl..... 34
  • On The Spot..... 34
  • Video Intros..... 35
  • Chutes And Ladders..... 35
  • How Do You Feel?..... 36
  • Kids On Campus..... 36
  • Name That Sin!..... 36
  • Stump The Speaker..... 37
  • This Bothers Me..... 38
  • Discussion And Lesson
  • Starters, By Topic
  • Apologetics
  • Christianity Questionnaire..... 41
  • Attitude
  • All Tied Up..... 41
  • Body Of Christ
  • Hanging From The Vine..... 43
  • Yellow Brick Road..... 43
  • Body Puzzle..... 44
  • Dependence Meal..... 44
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Object Lesson..... 44
  • Body Life Game..... 44
  • Football Stadium..... 45
  • Misfi T..... 46
  • Community..... 46
  • My World..... 46
  • Co-operative Play
  • Car Relay..... 47
  • Simulated Planning
  • Meeting..... 47
  • Parable Of The Plants..... 48
  • Corinthians, Candles,
  • And Cooperation..... 48
  • The Reciprocal Commands..... 50
  • Appendices, Unite!..... 51
  • Christian Life And Christianity
  • My Life, Christ's Home..... 51
  • Signs Of The Times..... 52
  • What Is A Christian?..... 52
  • What Kind Of
  • Christian Are You?..... 52
  • Abc Christianity..... 54
  • Church, Local
  • Typical Sunday
  • In Church Photo..... 54
  • The Life-saving Station..... 54
  • Phoenix Game..... 56
  • Ideal Church..... 56
  • Values In The Church..... 56
  • The Man From Ick..... 56
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Black Arm Bands..... 60
  • Cliques
  • Fellowship Game..... 60
  • Cliques..... 62
  • Skits About Cliques..... 62
  • Cliques And Loners..... 63
  • The Cools And The Nerds..... 64
  • Your Majesty..... 65
  • Community (see Body Of Christ)
  • Counseling
  • Saying The Right Thing..... 65
  • Role Reversal..... 66
  • How Can I Help?..... 66
  • Dating
  • Dating Data..... 68
  • Dating Round Robin..... 68
  • Dating Quizzes..... 68
  • Disabilities
  • Persons With Disabilities..... 68
  • Hands..... 73
  • Understanding Persons
  • With Disabilities..... 73
  • Imagine..... 74
  • Discernment
  • The Real Thing..... 74
  • Friend Or Foe..... 74
  • Truth Or Deception..... 76
  • Faith
  • Let's Pretend..... 76
  • Word Game..... 77
  • The Gospel
  • According To Me..... 77
  • Role Bowl..... 77
  • Routine And Humdrum..... 77
  • Unfair..... 77
  • The Crutch Walkers..... 80
  • Faith Inventory..... 80
  • Picture Testimonies..... 80
  • Family
  • Family Crossword..... 83
  • Perfect Pair..... 83
  • Faith Sculpting..... 83
  • Family Choices..... 85
  • 6
  • Dear Amy Letters..... 85
  • Parent Opinions..... 85
  • Parent Blunders,
  • Teen Goofs..... 85
  • How To Raise Your Parents..... 89
  • Parent-teen Eye-opener..... 89
  • The Parenting Game..... 91
  • Fear
  • Rotating Fear..... 91
  • Freedom
  • Freedom For All..... 91
  • Realizing Our Need
  • For God..... 92
  • Future
  • Future World..... 92
  • Future Fantasy..... 92
  • Looking Ahead
  • To High School..... 93
  • Tabloid Prophecies..... 93
  • Gazing Into The Future..... 93
  • Fantasy Reunion..... 94
  • Gambling
  • Win, Lose, Or No!..... 94
  • Godhead (father, Son,
  • Holy Spirit)
  • Modern Day Jesus..... 95
  • Name That Jesus..... 95
  • Describe The Counselor..... 96
  • Matthew One..... 96
  • Your God Is Too Small..... 96
  • Invent..... 98
  • Long-distance Role Play..... 98
  • Creation, God, And You..... 98
  • God Is Like........ 99
  • Graven Images..... 99
  • Attribute Ads..... 101
  • Canned Illustration..... 101
  • Egg In A Bottle..... 101
  • To Tell The
  • (holy Spirit) Truth..... 102
  • Heaven
  • Heavenly Trip..... 102
  • Holy Spirit (see Godhead)
  • Humility
  • Lamed Vovnik
  • Convention..... 104
  • Individuality (see Self-image)
  • Jesus (see God)
  • Judging Others
  • Lethal Labels..... 104
  • Legalism
  • New Rules..... 105
  • Legalism Stroll..... 106
  • Marriage
  • Dating And Marriage..... 106
  • To Marry Or Not To Marry..... 107
  • Twenty-five Cent Mate..... 107
  • Money
  • Birthday List..... 107
  • The Wealth We Wear..... 107
  • 20th-century Talents..... 110
  • Unfair Money Practice..... 110
  • Shopping Spree..... 110
  • The Game Of Life..... 110
  • Morality (see Sexuality, Values)
  • Music
  • American Bandstand..... 111
  • Rock Music Council..... 111
  • Musical Blanks..... 111
  • Music In The Bible..... 111
  • The Music Of The Gospel..... 112
  • Music Messages..... 112
  • Rewriting Rock..... 112
  • Parents (see Family)
  • Patience
  • Patience Role Play..... 112
  • Prayer
  • Prayer Survey..... 113
  • Screwtape Letters..... 113
  • Cliche Prayers..... 115
  • Prayer Bag..... 115
  • Please Answer My Prayer..... 115
  • Prayer Candles..... 116
  • Prayers In The Wind..... 116
  • Prayer Lab..... 116
  • Prayerobics..... 116
  • Relationships
  • Love Lists..... 116
  • Make Way For The Queen..... 117
  • Scripture Memory
  • Hidden Treasure..... 117
  • Commercials For
  • Bible Memory..... 123
  • Self-image
  • First Impression Collage..... 124
  • Imaginary Me..... 124
  • The Individuality Game..... 124
  • What Others Think Of Me..... 127
  • What's Number One?..... 127
  • Apples And You..... 127
  • Map Of Me..... 128
  • How God Sees Me..... 128
  • Shoes Of Christ..... 128
  • Show And Tell..... 128
  • The Tator Family..... 128
  • Refl Ections In A Rock..... 129
  • Ego Talk..... 129
  • How Many F's?..... 130
  • Sexual Purity (see Also Values)
  • The C.o.n.d.o.m..... 130
  • Speech
  • Personal Speech Inventory..... 130
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Spiritual Pilgrimage..... 134
  • Where Are You Letter..... 134
  • Grab-bag Testimonies..... 134
  • M.u.s.t..... 134
  • Hello God,
  • Where Are You?..... 135
  • Spiritual Growth Chart..... 135
  • Stereotypes
  • Stereotypes..... 137
  • Thankfulness
  • Counting Biblical
  • Blessings..... 137
  • Thanksgiving Exchange..... 137
  • Trinity (see Godhead)
  • Trust In Others
  • Trust Test..... 137
  • Obstacle Illusion..... 137
  • Unity (see Body Of Christ)
  • Values
  • What Would You Do?..... 138
  • War Games..... 139
  • The Food Store Robbery..... 140
  • Monitoring Your Morals..... 140
  • Paul's Dilemma..... 140
  • Euthanasia On Trial..... 144
  • Free Association Game..... 145
  • Decision..... 146
  • If Survey..... 146
  • Value Trading Game..... 146
  • Earthling Collage..... 150
  • Managing Your Time..... 150
  • No Other Gods..... 150
  • Life Skills..... 150
  • The Moral Of The Story..... 150
  • Picture That..... 150
  • Priority Auction..... 153
  • Face To Face..... 153
  • Problem Letter..... 154
  • Foto-match..... 154
  • Gospel According To
  • Dear Abby..... 154
  • Vulnerability
  • Broken Banana..... 156
  • Wealth (see Money)
  • Will Of God
  • Will Of God..... 156
  • The Envelope, Please..... 156
  • How God Works In My Life 158

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Discussion and Lesson Starters GROUPERS Groupers are unfi nished sentences like 'I wish I were....' They can be used to stimulate discussion. Through them, young people can express and explore their beliefs and goals. As a result, kids can discover what their values really are. One way to use Groupers is to follow these steps: 1. Give each participant a pencil and index card. 2. You can read aloud the groupers, write them on the board, or distribute them on index cards. Then have each person complete the groupers. 3. Encourage kids to complete their groupers honestly. No one will be graded or judged right or wrong. Every answer is acceptable. Each person has the right to decline to participate and the right to anonymity. 4. Collect the completed cards, read them aloud, and discuss them. 5. Conclude your discussion by reading your own grouper, and ask for feedback. Or read your grouper with the others so that kids won't know it's yours. Conclude with your own comments about the discussion. Instead of reading answers for them, have kids read their own responses aloud. This works best if kids know each other well and if there is an atmosphere of freedom and trust among them. Kids can elaborate on their responses and answer group questions or not. All answers are acceptable, and kids can decline to participate. Here is a sampling of groupers: I fear most... I wish I were... I wish I were not... I wish I had... I wish I had not... I wish I could... If I were the leader of this country, I would... The leader of this country should... The happiest day of my life was... If I could start this year over, I would... 35 CREATIVE WAYS TO START A DISCUSSION OR LESSON ON ANY TOPIC Here are techniques general enough to fi t just about any subject, but still quirky enough to attract adolescent attention. My favorite place is... My parents should... I wish my parents wouldn't... What hurts me the most is... If I had $25, I would... I would like to tell my best friend... The worst thing a person could do is... What always makes me mad is... If I could do anything without being found out, I would... I always cry when... I always laugh when... I hate... If I were the principal of my school, I would... If I had a million dollars, I would... If my parents left me alone, I would... The most important thing in my life is... If I had X-ray vision, I would... The hardest thing for me to do is... NO-RISK DISCUSSION Many young people are intimidated in church situations when asked to express opinions on controversial issues in front of their peers and/or adult leaders. This approach will allow them to say what they feel without fear of what others might think. Cut up paper strips, about 111/2' x 8' long. Give everyone a pencil and a strip of paper. Ask questions that only require short answers and ask them one at a time. Each student writes a number 1 at the top and answers the fi rst question, then folds the paper down to conceal his or her answer. The papers are then passed to the person on the left and question number 2 is answered just below the folded-down portion. With each question, the paper is folded and passed to a new person until all the questions are answered. Collect the papers and redistribute them again and have everyone unfold the paper they received. As you repeat the questions for discussion, each person answers the way their paper reads. Usually the result will lead to further, less inhibited discussion, especially when students discover that their views are probably shared by quite a few others in the group. Whitey White TAPE TALK One of the best ways to get discussion going in a youth group is to bring in various points of view on a subject. One way to do this is by interviewing people outside of the youth group on tape or video and playing it for your youth group. For example, if the subject is love, interview a young child, an elderly person, and someone from an urban neighborhood, asking them how they would defi ne love. Edit out the bad or dull ones and this can make an interesting program and a good discussion starter. TEXTIMONY SERVICE Do you have trouble getting your young people to share their experiences? Try a Textimony Service. On slips of paper write verses of Scripture dealing with some specifi c promises that the Lord makes to believers for their everyday lives. Then pass out the slips to the group and have them share how the Lord has been keeping that promise in their lives. If you like, you could let them pick their own verse to illustrate something that has been happening in their lives. Perhaps someone hasn't taken full advantage of a promise to which he is entitled; he might share that with the group. Someone else may have a helpful insight for that person. The group could pray for individual needs and needs that the whole group may have. Possible promises can be found in the following verses: Gal. 5:18, Eph. 2:14, John 16:23, John 14:27, John 10:10, Ps. 91:15 (Reprinted with permission from HISWAY, 1445 Boonville, Springfi eld, Missouri 65802) YARN-SHARING EXPERIENCE In order to get your group to open up and share their inner feelings and Christian experience, try using this technique. Take a ball of yarn (size is determined by the size of the group involved) and explain to the group that you are going to ask them to participate in a little experiment. Tell them that in a moment you are going to throw the ball of yarn (while holding onto the end so the yarn will unwind) to someone in the group. The group should be standing in a circle. When that person catches the ball of yarn, she should share either: * What God has done for her * What God has done for someone she knows * What God has done for all of us (Christ's death, given us his Word, etc.) * Something that she is thankful for Then after she has shared one of the above, she will throw the ball to someone else in the circle (while holding onto the yarn) and the next person who catches the ball will also share one of the four things above. Keep this going until everyone in the group has had a chance to share at least once (several times is best, but this depends on the size of your group and the time you have). After you have made a spider web pattern with the yarn and everyone has had a chance to share, stop the ball and begin to ask some questions: 1. What is this yarn doing for us physically? Answers would range around the idea of holding us together. (Before this you could comment that the effect of the sharing has created a somewhat beautiful web between the members of the group.) You could briefl y mention that for a beautiful pattern to evolve, everybody had to participate. 2. Have one or two members of the group drop their hold of the yarn. Immediately the center web becomes loose and the effect is for the circle to widen a little.

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  • Catalogue Code 117180
  • Product Code 0310220343
  • EAN 9780310220343
  • UPC 025986220341
  • Pages 160
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Activities/lessons
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Sep 1997
  • Sales Rank #22248
  • Dimensions 279 x 215 x 9 mm
  • Weight 0.399kg

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