Talk Calling
Emma Sykes, CPAS 2017

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

Want to help young people discover what God wants for their lives? Like to open up a conversation with a teenager about how to follow where God leads?

Talk Calling will help you enable young people to explore the God possibilities for their lives through a series of creative cards:

  • Pictures
  • About me questions
  • Bible verses
  • Blockages

Who knows what they will discover?

What do you get?

The resource comes in an attractive box with a magnetic closure. Inside the box, there is an 8-page booklet, which explains how to use the course. There are also four sets of cards to use in discussions with young people.

Theses postcard-sized cards are professionally designed to aid conversations with a young person, or a small group, around the topic of calling. There are four series of cards, each comes with a one-card introduction to help the leader understand how best to use that particular series.

The author recommends they are used in the order: Pictures, About Me, Bible Verses, Blockages, over a series of 2-4 meetings, to give space for discussion to develop from each set of cards. The author suggests each meeting’s discussion time lasting between 20-40 minutes.

There are 43 cards in the ‘Pictures’ series. These cards are designed to get the young people thinking about how they feel about their future, the decisions they have (or haven’t) made and how God guides.

The ‘About Me’ series contains 16 cards, posing questions designed to get the group thinking about gifts, talents, skills and life experiences that they are already developing and how understanding these helps them to make informed decisions about the future.

16 ‘Bible Verse’ cards make up the third series. Each card has a verse from Scripture, which will help the participants think about how God speaks and guides. The verses are from both Old and New Testaments, using the NIV (UK) translation.

Finally, the last series explores ‘Blockages’ (14 cards) which help the young people to identify any internal barriers that they may have that are holding them back from making a next step forward in exploring the call.

Who is it for?

The course is designed to be used with 14-18 year olds, although it could also be useful with students and young adults. It is best for young people who would consider themselves Christian.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    The resource is produced to a high standard and the cards are attractive and make the most of social media icons, whilst not being particular to any one format, stopping it from becoming out-dated too quickly.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    The introduction in the leader’s booklet makes it clear that the course is designed to open up discussion about calling, what it is, how God guides, and to help young people think about what God might be calling them to.

    How accessible are the leader’s notes?

    The booklet is simple and brief. It includes a page on the theological understanding of call, as well as tips on how to best use the resource and guidelines to help lead successful discussions.

    Who could lead it?

    The leader’s booklet says it can be led by anyone in church leadership (e.g. clergy, lay leaders, youth workers, school chaplains, etc). However, it can be used by anyone who is good at facilitating conversations with teenagers.

    How helpful are the participants’ resources?

    The series of cards are colourful and well designed. The images on the ‘Pictures’ series are relevant, inspiring and good quality.

    How good is any digital material?

    There is no digital content to this resource.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    The leader needs to spend some time familiarising themselves with the sets of cards, how they might lead a discussion and the best way to wrap up each session.

    Is there website support? Links?

    No.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    This resource can be used in a 1-2-1 meeting with a young person or with a small group. It is discussion based and so expects there to be constant interaction.

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

    The cards spark off people’s thoughts and ideas, so will be very easy for most young people to connect with. It might be difficult to use if anyone struggles with reading, although a capable leader would be able to work around this.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Very. The cards are conversation starters, they don’t give answers but rely on the leader to facilitate the discussion and for the group to make their own conclusions together.

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

    This would be down to the leader to decide how people will apply what they have discussed.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    The third series is based around 16 Bible verse cards, helping the participants to see how God guides, in both the Old and New Testaments.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    The cards are used by laying them out on a surface and encouraging individuals to take a card with a verse on that stands out for them, and to talk about why. They are also used to explore the different ways God speaks.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This is down to the leader.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    That our primary calling is to be children of God. We are also each called to use our gifts, skills and talents to serve God’s kingdom.

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

    It helps young people understand that God is concerned with every aspect of their lives and wants to be included in all of their decisions over their futures.

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

    The discussions will inspire participants and help them to make decisions to live more for God.

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

    Again, it helps the individual to realise that God is in all of their life, and that he has a plan for them.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    The discussions are based in real life and each person’s experiences.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    This is not explicit, but could easily come up through the discussions.

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

    This is not covered by the resource but, again, may well come up in the discussions.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    n/a

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    This may well come up in discussion.

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