Good News in the Neighborhood

one of the things i love about my partner in The Youth Cartel is that he is SO much more than a smart, tech-savvy youth worker. adam’s a guy with a particular vision for youth ministry, one that has implications for how he and his family live. one of adam’s strong values is about how the gospel should be good news to the people we live among. in other words, our homes, and our youth ministries, should be present to the real people and real needs of the community around us. and adam and his family live that out.

along those lines, adam teamed up with his friend jon huckins (author of the excellent book Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling, who is likewise committed that kind of incarnational community presence) to write a 6-week youth ministry curriculum called Good News in the Neighborhood. it’s pretty robust — with videos for each of the lessons. here’s what you get:

    Printable PDF of teachers notes
    Editable Word version of teachers notes
    6 introductory video stories (One for each week)
    Multiple options for each session to fit the needs of your group (Activity ideas, discussion starters, teaching options)
    6 experiments for students to try between sessions

and here’s the outline:

    Week 1: Tuning In (Experiment: Ethnography/Observation)
    Week 2: Diving Deep (Experiment: Participating)
    Week 3: Crossing Borders (Experiment: Two-fold inviting)
    Week 4: Advocating for What Matters (Experiment: Standing up for our neighbors)
    Week 5: New Eyes (Experiment: New eyes)
    Week 6: Living a New Story (Experiment: Commissioning)

the whole thing is downloadable (including the vids).

this is one of the first forays into publishing for The Youth Cartel. you’re going to see a whole lot more of this during 2012 (we have a pipeline of cool resources in development!).

you can check it out here.

and here’s a video teaser (a trailer, of sorts):

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