The Story – Youth Ministry Kit
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‘Using the clear text of the New International Version, The Story: Teen Edition sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. And, like any good story, it is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption. The DVD helps teens understand The Story more clearly utilising videos and experiential learning methods, and is an invaluable tool for teaching the Bible’s principles and life-giving message to teens.
Teenagers will delight in the experience as biblical truths reveal themselves in a fresh light, while the included DVD provides lessons and discussion questions to help teens apply God’s lessons to their own lives. By reading the Bible in a new way, they will come to understand how the story of Scripture – God’s great overarching purpose – intersects with the stories of their lives.’
Available from Harper Collins. The pack contains:
There are also reproducible student handouts. Each session lasts for 75 minutes and follows the same outline. It starts with a recap of the story so far on video followed by a video animation of this session’s teaching. This is then followed by the session’s teaching being repeated, this time using drama scripts based on the NIV Bible passages. The session then concludes with a discussion and response time.
Teenagers who want to understand the Bible better and the whole story of Scripture.
Excellent. The videos are fantastic and the concept is brilliant. Producing a format which works and tells the main sweep of the Biblical story in 31 sessions is great.
Very clear. The resource aims to give young people a better understanding of the Bible and God's story, and, by doing so, see how God wants to continue His story in their lives.
The leaders' notes are very detailed and contained in full on the DVD. Every session is clearly laid out with advice for getting the most out of the course and from the young people.
Anyone used to working with young people.
There is a printable handout for each session which are purposefully very similar. The author has made all the sessions follow the same pattern as he is following research explained which recommends repetition in learning. Some participants will love this but others may struggle.
Superb. The videos are of an artist drawing the story, either on a whiteboard close up or on a massive canvas. Each week there is also a recap video of what was taught the previous week, as well as regular sessions where the ‘story so far' is retold. These are engaging and the final recap video in the last session sums up The Story in under 7 minutes!
The author recommends at least an hour per session to really engage with the material as a leader so you can then lead it well.
The course is designed to be undertaken as a group. There is some useful questions for discussion and participants are encouraged to share what they are discovering.
A variety of delivery styles are used but the author does use a standard running order for each of the 31 sessions. His reason for this is that repetition aids learning. However some young people may struggle with this and find it too repetitive.
It should be quite straightforward to adapt this to your group.
There is plenty of opportunity for discussions in two's and small groups, sharing what they are learning.
The whole course is based on passages from the NIV Bible. Each video and all the drama scripts are adapted from the NIV.
This is very well done, especially the videos, which are very engaging and inspiring. The scripts should take about 10 minutes to read out. The suggestion is for dramatic reading rather than acting them out.
The discussion questions are useful for each week as there is at least one question which asks for each participant to apply what they have learnt in that session.
As this is based on the NIV Bible translation, it will be suited to all.
The challenge to read the whole sweep of Scripture must inspire participants to living out their faith more.
The author uses The Story on two levels – the upper story, which explores God's overarching purposes, and the lower story, which explores the specifics of the stories in each session. As these two levels are explored, participants will see how their own story fits into God's purposes and will grow their faith.
By having an understanding of the whole story of Scripture, understanding God's purposes must grow significantly.
This is really dependent on people's engagement in the discussion times.
This is not explored explicitly.
This is not explored.
Not explored specifically.
Whilst not explicit, it is implicit in the whole understanding of The Story.