Your middle school kids are looking back at you with that "don't you dare bore me" look. So how on earth are you going to start a discussion about peer pressure or popular music? They'd rather be playing sardines in the church sanctuary - and you're gonna try to get them talking? Good luck. But then again, maybe you've found a solution! TalkSheets have been working for leaders for over a decade. And now they're updated - ready to help you get a hardcore discussion going to hit home on real issues - everything from drinking to social injustice. Just pick one of the fifty ready-to-use discussion starters, make copies, and let the questions and activities get them thinking about their world and their lives.
Get Your Students Talking About the Bible And God. And themselves, their beliefs, their questions, their lives. About the things that matter to them. Do it conveniently and effectively with Junior High-Middle School TalkSheets--Updated!, part of the best-selling discussion-starting TalkSheets series from Youth Specialties, now updated for new-millennium students. Here are 50 creative discussions that focus on relevant, real-life topics: Media Influences--TV, Music, Advertising Substance Abuse & Peer Pressure Parents Self-Image & Physical Appearance Jesus Friendships Prayer & Worship Trusting God & Dealing with Doubt . . . and 40 more subjects of perennial interest to teenagers. TalkSheets are one-page reproducible handouts with provocative questions in a compelling design that will get churched and unchurched kids alike talking and thinking about the Bible--and how its principles affect their daily lives. Use TalkSheets to launch your own lesson--or use them as stand-alone Bible studies. Each TalkSheet comes with detailed information and suggestions for discussion leaders: Bible references galore, Internet resources, further group exploration, and activities to pursue during and after the meeting. Junior High-Middle School TalkSheets--Updated! is the perfect discussion-starting resource for youth meetings, small groups and cell groups, Sunday school, and camps and retreats. More than a quarter million copies sold in this series!
Youth and family ministry worker and counselor David Lynn has worked with young people and their families for more than three decades. Hes the creator of TalkSheets and author of numerous books, the creator of Building up Your Ministry, and he conducts several leadership training workshops. He lives with his family in Tucson, Arizona.