It’s nothing new to have teenagers help or even be the lead teacher in a kid’s classroom. In fact, of the 230 volunteers that serve every month about half of them are teenagers. They come ready and willing to serve. They are faithful and for the most part do not need a lot of direction. Orange and other family teaching curriculum/philosophies are great and if that’s what your church does—keep doing it. This by no means has anything to do with challenging other great organizations.
This weekend I have a sixteen-year-old boy who is the lead teacher for our 10am elementary grades service writing and producing the curriculum. He actually asked me if he could. He wrote an incredible lesson about healing. Not only did he write the lesson, but he also got together with our media department and produced a video and it was incredible. All this led me to start thinking as I saw about 8-10 teenagers get together themselves to teach the next generation…
WHAT IF teenagers took what they learned from the adult worship experience, their own youth worship experience, small groups, etc and created lessons for children. Picture Johnny who just learned how to overcome temptation in his youth group and now he gets together with his friends and they create lessons for kids based around what they just learned. Do you realize what this does? The kids will love it because you have energetic young people (who kids look up to and want to be like) teaching classes; parents and church staff love it because what better extracurricular activity is their then to be working on kids church lessons and teens will be showing how much they learn by teaching the next generation. All of a sudden they are putting to practice what they’ve been taught; they are having to think a little bit more about what Mr. Lead or Youth Pastor said.
I wonder what creative ideas would come out. I wonder if church involvement would skyrocket. What if an entire youth ministry was involved with changing the next generation? All of a sudden the children’s pastor becomes an encourager and works with the youth pastor to change kids’ lives. Teens learn it one week and teach it the next. What if?