Stir
Reign Ministries, distributed by Youthscape

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Think of The Stir Pack as a ‘pre-evangelism’ course. Most young people today are simply not interested in God. The Stir Pack attempts to provide a new starting point. It answers the ‘So What?’ question first by stirring up the spiritual thoughts and feelings that already lie within young people, then points them towards God.

The Stir Pack can be used for meeting up with one person in a coffee shop or as curriculum for a small group of young people. There are 6 initial lessons. If young people stay interested, there are up to 2 terms worth of lessons to use. We have tried to keep it simple so you can grab one card and put it in your pocket, ready to go with little prep.

What do you get?

Each pack (there are two currently available, with a third available soon) is the size of a DL envelope (a third A4) and comes as a series of loose-leaf cards. There is an introductory card, then one card for each of the six sessions. The final card is a ‘What next?’ card, offering ideas on what to do once the course is completed. Each card has a QR code so you can link via your smartphone to their supporting website. Here you find videos and ideas to help make each session go well. The sessions need not last long. They follow a simple format of showing a video clip then chatting about some questions. The premise is to make it light and with a good pace to keep the young people’s attention. It achieves this well and would be a great tool for many youth leaders.

The theme of the first pack is ‘I am spiritual’ and explores what the soul is; is there something more to life?; how we respond to music reflects our spiritual side; how our reaction to suffering shows we are spiritual; why most people have prayed; and finishes with exploring thoughts about the after-life. Pack 2 explores the question of ‘So What?’ by focusing on six different stories and encounters with God, ranging from Corrie Ten Boom, Fabrice Muamba and your youth leader!

Who is it for?

It’s aimed at young people who have no faith, nor are they necessarily interested in faith, but there is some kind of connection with the youth leader. It’s designed to help the leader to start to introduce spiritual conversations into their dialogue. It could work well with a small group of people, or a drop-in youth club.

Cost?

£4 per pack

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The cards are well presented, easy to read and to follow, and are designed to take out of your pocket at the appropriate moment. No need to carry a whole book with you to your meeting or club.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    It is clear from both the supporting website and the introductory card, that this is a pre-evangelism course, designed to simply get young people thinking about spiritual matters.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    They are very simple and easy to use.

    Who could lead it?

    Anyone who likes spending time with young people and wants to help them explore faith.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    n/a

    How good is any digital material?

    Each session has a supporting webpage with resources and video clips to show. This is great, although at the time of the review, some of the YouTube clips were no longer accessible. Hopefully this will be restored soon.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    You will need to watch the video clips and decide which to use with your group and then to think about the questions you might ask. It is important also to pray for your time with the young people.

    Is there website support? Links?

    Yes. www.thestirpack.com

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The material is very simple in that it raises a question then allows the group to discuss their opinions.

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

    The course is based around conversation and enables people to learn at their own pace. Questions explore faith by asking, for example, ‘Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than what we can see and touch?’ and ‘Have you ever prayed? What did you pray for?’

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Since it based around relationship, it should be very straightforward to adapt.

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

    It is built around conversation and each person sharing their opinions.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    This is a pre-evangelism course. There are a few Bible verses used in some sessions, but the focus is on helping participants to even be willing to explore faith matters. The sessions help open up people to explore that we are spiritual beings and that God wants to know us.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Very appropriately for the context!

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    n/a

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    no

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

    It should inspire people to want to find out more about God.

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

    It takes people on a journey – first realising that there might be something more to life than what is seen, then to exploring how feelings reflect spirituality, and finally to letting people pray for them.

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

    This course will help people to hear something about God for perhaps their first time.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Each session connects with some kind of real life issue, whether it is the music you listen to, stories of suffering and forgiveness, or, in the second series, stories of different people and how their faith enabled them to overcome a situation.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This is a step before evangelism, but does encourage each person to explore faith more.

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

    n/a

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    n/a

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    n/a

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