Posts Tagged ‘discipleship’

Senior Youth: Repentance – David

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. This study looks at how, even though he wasn't perfect, God loved his repentant heart. It is the sixth and final in a series for older teenagers, looking at the... See more

Senior Youth: Obedience – David

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. This study looks at how David demonstrated this trust in God through obedience. It is the fifth in a series for older teenagers, looking at the life of David - 'a... See more

Senior Youth: Trust – David

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance. As we get to know God more, and look at his track record, we should be able to trust him. This study looks at how David demonstrated this trust in God. It is the... See more

Senior Youth: Chosen – David

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David's life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God - being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance.
This study looks at how David was 'chosen' by God to be the King over Israel. This is the second in a series for older teenagers, looking at the life of David... See more

Senior Youth: Seasons & Soul Food

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra and Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This talk and small group discussion guide uses the process of bread-making to teach about spiritual practices and growing with Jesus the different seasons of life. You could use it as a follow on from the Bread of Life.
Note: If you don't have the resources or time to bake bread, you could... See more

Recommended Resources: Growing Young Disciples – Discipleship series

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Looking for a resource for discipling young Christians? Growing Young Disciples is a series of discipleship studies, written by experienced Australian youth pastor, Tim Hawkins.
Aimed at younger teens, these short studies give a simple, scripture-based overview of what it means to follow Jesus.... See more

Community Builders: Jesus Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Young people share openly and honestly their questions about Jesus in a supportive small group. Use both the red and purple sets of Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own sets (Red Set / Purple Set).
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that... See more

Community Builders: Jesus and Me

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

A discussion starter for small groups, helping young people share what Jesus means to them. Use the purple set of Jesus cards (gifted to everyone at The Abbey 2017) or make your own set with our free Jesus card printable.
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that the group are... See more

Junior Youth: Changed by the Light

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Changed by the Light' is the fifth session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’ looking at our identity in Christ. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his... See more

Community Builders: Girls Retreat

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Gather together all your girls and their friends for a sleepover, a weekend away, or even get together with other youth groups in your diocese or local area for one massive girls weekend.
A girls retreat creates a space where girls can just be girls. There can be open and honest conversations... See more

Hooks: 7 years

Contributed by: Darcy Perry, Bishopric of Waikato

Using the song "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, invite young people to think about what shapes them and what influences them as they grow.
Introduction
Ask: Who knows the song? Who knows what it is about?
Use their answers and add what you need to park the idea that it’s about the people,... See more

Developing Leaders: 10 Tips to Help You Disciple Your Young Leaders

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Young leaders are people who will make mistakes and fail occasionally; they aren't expected to know everything. They are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Young leaders are allowed to ask questions about faith and life; they are allowed to wrestle with doubts and fears. They are prepared to let... See more

Mentoring & Discipleship: 10 tips for growing disciples

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Disciples are people who are captivated and changed by God's grace and are in the process of becoming more like Christ. They encourage,... See more

Teaching Games: The Lord, The Blindfold and The Mousetrap

Contributed by: Phil and Jonathan Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

A game that teaches about guidance. The big idea? God is a trust-worthy guide.
The Game:
Set the room up beforehand with up to four mousetraps, already set. Next to them place sweets and biscuits. We had the chocolate touching the mousetrap, other less appealing sweets slightly further... See more

Senior Youth: Bread of Life

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Bread of Life' is a Bible study on John 6:25-40, based on the key idea that Jesus is essential for life.
Key scripture: "Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John... See more

Hooks: A Life You Will Remember

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Use Avicii’s song “The Nights” to raise the all important question: “Who is Jesus?”.
Starting with the song’s key lyric - “live a life you will remember” - this interactive message will get your youth thinking about what it takes to live a life that will be remembered, and... See more

Young Adults: The Meaning of Life

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

For followers of Jesus the Meaning of Life isn't so much what, but who. How do we live a new life of meaning in light of who Jesus is?
A study on Colossians 3:1-17 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE STORY
A quick introduction to the week’s bible... See more

Young Adults: The Theory of Everything

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Humans have been searching for the Meaning of Life since the dawn of time. How do Christians make sense of the Big Question, and how does Jesus fit into that?
A study on Colossians 1:15-23 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE STORY
A quick... See more

Young Adults: The Answer

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

For followers of Jesus, his death on the cross and resurrection is seen as the most important moment in the history of the universe, and God’s ultimate answer to the problem of sin and evil. But how and why was Jesus’ death the solution?
A study on Romans 3:21-26 for young adults from the... See more

Senior Youth: Jesus Stopped: A Bible Study on Mark 10:46-52

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Big Idea
Jesus is the compassionate king, distracted even from his biggest mission by one man in need.
Launching Questions
1. What stops you in your tracks? For example if you’re on your way to something, or have something important to do, what distracts you from... See more

Senior Youth: Man of Steel Mirrors Jesus

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Since his creation, it has been said that Superman is a type of Christ figure. For example, his heavenly Kryptonian father sends his only son to earth as a baby. Also, Superman is 33 years old when he finally reveals his great powers to the world -- the same age as Jesus when he went to the... See more

Hooks: The Fox and the Narrow Road

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Start with a game of hangman, awarding a lolly to everyone who guesses a correct letter. The clue was "Two Phrases", the answers were: "BE  SHARP" and "LOOK CLOSER"
Jesus said, “The road to life is narrow and not many people find it, but the road to destruction is wide and many people travel... See more

Mentoring & Discipleship: Mentoring for Discipleship

Questions you can use in a mentoring relationship, where the focus is on discipleship.
Developing a Personal Faith


  • What do you love about God?

  • What is your faith?

  • What are your core beliefs about God?

  • Why... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Faith

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their faith.


  • How would you describe Jesus to a person who's never heard of him?

  • C.S. Lewis once said that Jesus was either God, a liar, or a lunatic. Are these the only ways to... See more