The 7 Best Practices For Teaching Teenagers The Bible: BOOK REVIEW

If you haven’t picked up a copy of The 7 Best Practices for Teaching Teenagers the Bible, you really should! By Andy Blanks of YM360, this book is probably the most effective book I have read when it comes to breaking down steps in teaching the bible.

The chapters are broken into the 7 practices and each include compelling reasons for the practice itself, along with super practical applications that anyone could put into to action immediately. Beginning with foundational practices, Blanks takes us on a journey from start to finish in the essentials of highly effective Bible teaching.

For me, the best practice (and the most challenging one for me personally), was the practice to Embrace Unpredictability. This practice challenged me to consider how ‘unpredictable’ my teaching style is. Or as Blanks says it:

To teach the Bible in a dynamic and transformative way, we must embrace unpredictability in our teaching methods and styles…

You see, it’s far to easy to resort to a familiar way of teaching that works for us, while students begin to tune-out the familiar and ordinary. We must search for creative and unfamiliar ways to teach the Bible and challenge students!

Here’s a snapshot of all  7 practices: 

  1. Engaging With God
  2. Prepare Well, Teach Well
  3. Context Is Key
  4. Embrace Unpredictability
  5. Plan For Interaction
  6. Teach For Application
  7. Know Your Role

Whether you are a volunteer or a full-time youth worker, this book is a must read if you are looking to effectively communicate God’s truth to teenagers. This book helps remove all the obstacles of ineffective teaching and replace them with easy to implement practices that will take your Bible teaching to a whole new level. Pick up a copy today!


2 Responses to The 7 Best Practices For Teaching Teenagers The Bible: BOOK REVIEW

  1. Trevor March 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Good stuff here. I’ll have to check this book out.

    He might have covered it under his chapter on unpredictability, but I have found that one good way to engage people is to provoke tension. You can do that by either questioning conventional wisdom or interacting with people who have reached different conclusions about the topic than you have.

    Either way, by situating the topic in a larger conversation (conventional wisdom or the conclusions of others) you automatically provoke tension which leads to engagement. Doug Fields did this in a lot of his messages when he contrasted “the world’s way” with “God’s way.”

  2. Phil Bell March 20, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Trevor, yes, this is covered. I agree, creating tension is creating a compelling need to listen and tapping into the felt needs of students. What Andy Blanks covers is the way we present the answer to the tension we have created. He would assert that we need to make sure we mix up the way we help students discover God’s truth and answers to the tension we have created.

    Pick up a copy! It’s a great book!

    Phil <

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