Get a Life

Get A Life! A 5-session course on calling for young people
Tim Sledge and Ally Barrett, Church House Publishing 2008

£8.99 (Approx)
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What does it say on the tin?

‘What do you want to do with your life?’ Many young people dread being asked this question. Get a Life! Is an exciting new course for 13- to 18-year-olds that will help them explore some of the big questions they may face in their secondary school years, including issues of vocation, calling, gifts and passions.

The five lively and interactive sessions draw on contemporary culture and include material to explore the key themes of calling, gifts and discerning God’s will. Get a life! will also help young people to consider issues of peer pressure, prosperity, money and the benefits and costs of pursuing their God-given calling.

From the successful Youth Emmaus stable, Get a life! is ideal for 13- to 18-year-olds who are making big decisions about the future, as a pre- or post-confirmation course, as a Lent course, or as an after school series.

What do you get and how?

A five session resource on calling. The resource book has 48 pages including clear outlines of each of the sessions, including photocopiable handouts for each session. There is a brief introduction to the course and some notes for leaders on how to get the most out of the course. Each session is designed to last around 90 minutes.

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Who is it for?

It is for Christian young people aged 13-18. It is suggested that it is ideal for those at particular stages of their life where they are considering their future, i.e. Year 11 & 13 (GCSE year and A level or equivalent). However, some of the material may feel a bit young for older young people.




  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The material is clear and well laid out. Not all of the activities are new and some groups may have done some of them before, such as writing the strengths they see in each other on paper stuck to individual's backs, or playing the guessing game where people have to guess which famous person they are by having a name stuck on their forehead. Both are great activities, but some groups may have used these already and so would need to, perhaps, create alternatives.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Whilst each session does not have a specifically written aims and outcomes section, they are easy to pick up by reading through the session outline. Each session has a ‘logging on' section which helps to introduce the subject for the session and ends with an ‘interfacing' activity to help people process what they have learnt. On the participants' handouts there are also further questions and ideas to help them consider putting their learning into action over the coming week.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The leader's notes are easy to use but there is not a choice of activities to use so you will have to create your own alternatives if any particular activities will not suit your group.

    Who could lead it?

    It is recommended that this is led by 2 leaders, who don't have to be clergy, but need to be people with an understanding of calling and vocations. Youth leaders with a commitment to their young people will find these good sessions to lead.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    There are photocopiable handouts for each session. These are well presented although they do contain summaries of the whole session so some leaders might not want to give them out until the end of each session. The graphics on the handouts may seem a bit immature for the target age group of this course.

    How good is any digital material?


    How much prep will I have to do?

    Session 4 requires inviting several Christians from different careers to come and share their experiences of being a Christian in the workplace. This will take some time to set up. There is also an expectation for each participant to do a half day's work experience alongside a Christian in a place of business during the course. Each session will also need preparing but the outlines are clear and have a helpful ‘you will need' shopping list for each session.

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  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The sessions are written to learn together in community.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    The activities are varied and move quite quickly so should help keep the attention of the group. The handouts are quite ‘wordy' and may not suit all learning styles.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    The material is written ‘as is' and the leader would need to make their own changes if they feel they are necessary.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Whilst the material helps individuals to discover more of God's calling on their own life, the material does this through discussion and group discovery.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The 5 sessions look at talents, calling, ministry, sacrifices and benefits of vocation and a final session exploring living life in all its fullness (John 10:10). Each session is built around one or two relevant Bible passages and studies.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Groups are encouraged to either read or act out the Bible passages and then use the suggested questions to help the participants get to grips with the message.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The Bible passages relate well to each session's theme and help the group to think through how God has a plan for each of them in their lives.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    It is written by Anglicans and has a slight Anglican leaning, but could be used in a wider church context.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    The whole course is aimed at helping young people discover God's purpose for their life and the talents and passions that he has given them.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    By discovering their calling, participants will be more fulfilled in their lives and will grow in their faith.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    The course helps young people to see that God has a plan for each of them and they are part of his bigger plan.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    By interacting with adult Christians in the workplace, the participants are helped to consider what it is like to go to work and to find a vocation that will help them fulfil their skills and passions.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This is not explored in this course.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Each participant is expected to experience a half day work placement with a Christian in their place of work. This will help the participant to better understand some of the challenges of being a Christian in the workplace and to see some of the opportunities too. The course also helps the individual to consider what area of work they would like to be in and to explore what God might be calling them to as well.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    The material explores calling to both church-based and secular-based ministry and occupation.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    This is not specifically addressed.

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