Phil Green, published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd 2004

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What does it say on the tin?

Eight sessions to help 11-16 year-olds explore relationships with a biblical perspective. ‘It’s tricky getting to grips with relationships at the best of times, but when you’re a teenager…now there’s a challenge!’

It’s bad enough trying to work out the emotional side of things, but when bits of your body start doing things that you find hard to rationalise, and then other people’s bodies start having an equally challenging effect on you – well, that’s when the going really gets tough.

Phil Green’s punchy series of eight sessions will help young people think more clearly about their relationships with parents, friends, and what can only be delicately described as more intimate acquaintances. There are practical, fun elements to ensure that things don’t get too heavy, but the serious issues will be met and dealt with as the group works things through for themselves with biblical input to help. Your guidance and experience as leader will also come into play, but this book will provide immense help as you prepare to help your young people move through this important phase of their lives.

The course has been tested and refined after being widely used by groups of 11-16 year-olds in church and school situations and offers strong biblical teaching and guidance.

What do you get and how?

Available from Kevin MayhewRel8 is a 48 page leaders guide and provides a brief introduction, followed by each of the eight sessions outlined for the leader. The sessions cover: love, God, words, commitment, forgiveness, school friends, parents, boy/girlfriends.

Who is it for?

The course is written for 11-16 year-olds and is best used with Christian young people, who are committed to growing their faith. Youth, Beginning, Growing, small groups




  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The material is clearly laid out and has suggestions as to how to introduce each session's topic and then having some biblical input to discuss. There is a similar feel to each session with the focus being on discussion and biblical input from the leader.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Each session has an introduction for the leader to explain the context of the teaching and explaining what is hoped to be gained from the session.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    The leader's notes are clearly laid out and easy to follow. There are no times given for how long each element should take so leaders will have to work this out for their own group. There are several times when leaders are expected to give a talk but little explanation is given on how to do this other than a general point to make.

    Who could lead it?

    It would need to be led by someone with experience in teaching young people the Bible as they will need to be able to adapt the material to their group and be able to expand on the points that the author recommends teaching.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Some sessions do use handouts, which can be photocopied from the book. Most of these make use of clipart and are appropriate to use with the recommended age group.

    How good is any digital material?

    The leader is recommended to use film and TV clips for some sessions but are expected to find their own clips rather than being recommended particular ones. This is due to film clips becoming dated so quickly.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    This is not a ready-to-use meeting guide rather it will help you prepare intelligently for the sessions. It will be necessary to photocopy some handouts, gather different resources together for some of the activities as well as working out exactly how you want to teach each session and to ensure that discussions are focussed. It will be helpful for the leader to consider what are the key points they want to get across in each session and make sure that the session does visit these points.

    Is there website support? Links?


    Is it dated?


  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The material is based on small group discussion and the activities enable the group to interact and to share opinions and views.

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

    The course is largely based around aural and logical learning styles, so more creative people may struggle. There is a mix of activity and media input to help introduce themes.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    The material deals with key relational issues from a biblical context and so will relate to any situation as they are very common issues.

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

    The material is written in a style that encourages discussion and group exploration.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Each session is heavily dependent on Bible references and exploration. It is best used with young people who are confident with handling the Bible and used to using several passages at a time.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The material is clear and helpful to apply.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    The material is presented in each session in a way that expects the group to think through how the Bible teaching should be lived out.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    The material is clear in its use of the Bible as God's word for his people.

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

    The material will help young people to live godly lives better in each of their relationships.

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

    As a result, people will be growing in their faith as they are more obedient to God in their lives.

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

    It helps young people to realise more that God wants to be involved in all their relationships.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    The course is practical and based in the daily life of the young people.

  • 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?


    How well does it connect with global issues?


    How well does it encourage global mission?


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