Oftentimes, our churches youth ministry tries to streamline what the Senior Pastor is teaching into something geared towards students. It is good for parents and students to be able to have conversations together about faith, so this is one way we encourage that! Our Senior Pastor threw out the idea this past fall about doing a series on mapping out your life. As he pitched it to our staff, it seemed like it would cover topics that any person would need to dive into for their faith. This is the youth edition version of that.
Week one focused on the rearview mirror and helping students understand where they have come from and what exactly God was “up to” in their past!
Week 2- Where am I going?
Week two focuses on what is next for our students. We want to help them process what their gifts are, the needs that they see, and what they feel called to do. If they can understand that wherever and whatever collides with all three of those things then that is what direction they should start heading towards!
1. Begin with highs and lows of the week (everyone should share 1 of each).
2. If your life was a map, where would you be headed next? (Next month? Exams, graduation etc) Next Month? Summer? Next year? Future?
3. What concerns do you have about where you are headed next?
4. Read Psalm 138:8 in the NKJV: “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
5. How does this help you in thinking about the future?
6. Get in groups of 2 or 3. Take a few moments and let each person fill in this sentence as a prayer and declaration:
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me regarding __(my parents divorce)___________.”
Have the group spend time praying for each other and the things that concern them specifically. Speaking this out can dispel fear, and help them hear it for themselves!
7. What are you called to in general, as well as, specifically? All in general, are called to spread the gospel, and you may be called to specifically live out the love of Christ as a teacher in public schools.
8. What are some of the needs you see today? (Example: Fatherlessness, justice, human trafficking, debt)
9. What are some of the things you are gifted with? (Example: Good at math, $, helping others)
10. Each person come up with something that they can do that combines their calling, needs they see, and gifting and then share with the group.