Youth Ministry, in recent years, seems to have become less creative; we have readopted the ancient form of communication, preaching, as the go-to model to bring about transformation to our students. However, lecture is one of the least effective forms. Just because it was in the Bible doesn’t make it the best tool for teaching young disciples (or mature ones either!).
Dave Burgess has written a fun little resource, Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator (2012). Burgess’ focus in primarily for public educational spaces, but one can easily adapt it to youth ministry, whether that be a Sunday AM large group teaching, a Sunday PM or Wednesday experience, or retreats and camps. The point is that we must quit boring our young people. We must capture their attention.
Here are the questions that Dave asks to ignite the creative sparks necessary to be that transformational teacher.
(See also Chip and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick: Why Ideas Survive and Others Die (2007) and Dan Pink’s Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2011).
Have fun teaching creatively.