In fall 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, thESource for Youth Ministry released a special edition titled: Why? Talking to Teens about Disaster, Relief, and Restoration. This fall, we again introduce a special resource of practical tools to assist youth workers in creating conversation, facilitating understanding, and providing direction to youth as they encounter diversity of faith–specifically Islam–in American culture.
9-11 was seven years ago, and nations remain embroiled in the Middle East, opinions fly and debates rage. In the midst of the dialogue, adolescent thoughts develop into more than just emotive reactions. Youth have had time to form real questions and are struggling with real questions that are rooted in their faith and can be addressed by God’s Word.
The theology surrounding the questions youth may ask is intense. The developmental reality of teens is also complex. Tapping into these heavy topics requires significant effort. thESource resource kit provides real, practical tools that youth workers, pastors, and parents can implement in a variety of settings as they chew on these tough topics with the adolescents in their care.
(Note: These documents are in Adobe PDF format.)
The resource kit includes:
Four Talk Sheets: Talk Sheets are eminently practical guides that use creative, focused activity to spark questions and conversation about Biblical and doctrinal truths in an effort to provide answers about deeper theological, social, relational issues confronting and confounding teenagers. Simply click on the title of the talk sheet to download the reproducible PDF.
o The True Root of Terror: by Dr. Russ Moulds
o Love Thy Neighbor – Boundary Stones: by Rev. Dr. Jerry Joersz
o Righteous Wrath and Anger Management: by Rev. Peter Nafzger
o But Is That Really Fair?: A Skit based Talk Sheet by Rev. Jeff Kunze
Three “MINI” Studies by Dr. Reed Lessing designed to facilitate conversation about Old Testament topics that connect to an understanding of Islam. Supplemental resources are suggested with each. Simply click on the title of the Bible Study to download the reproducible PDF.