A Junior High Ministry podcast for Youth Workers!
Hosted by Justin Herman

September 25, 2018

Episode 0030 Teaching Tips, Justin might be a thief and the BEST LESSON EVER!

Thanks to our partners at CIY! 

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 Intro done by: Chad Daugherty, Middle School Pastor , Church at the Mall, Lakeland Campus

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Show Outline:

Host Justin Herman and Kurt Johnston discuss all things about teaching. They talk about the importance of teaching both formally and informally, being prepared, teaching in series, and what junior higher’s are the most interested in. They also give great practical tips on teaching and how it should align with church culture. Kurt and Justin tell personal experiences and funny stories along the way. You won’t want to miss it!

0:36 Piece of encouragement from Kurt
0:50 “Remember you’re placing seeds that you may not see grow for a long time but don’t place your value and success in what you see today.” -Kurt Johnston
1:13 Controlled Chaos book COMING SOON!
2:18 Lets talk about teaching
3:01 Kurt mentions Chapter Talking about Jesus from Controlled Chaos Book
3:30 “The areas that really affect teaching is their intellectual development and spiritual development.” -Kurt Johnston
3:50 Teaching is happening always
4:06 “Everything about your ministry teaches something.” -Kurt Johnston
5:46 Go on Facebook and invite some friends for a GIVEAWAY
6:11 Best lesson Justin learned
7:55 Informal teaching is just as important as formal teaching
9:38 Be prepared but don’t over prepare.
9:56 Kurt explains the most important minute in lesson
10:08 Give them handles
10:12 “Every lesson should help them be doer’s of the word not just hearers of the word.” -Kurt Johnston
11:10 Students love stories
12:50 XP3 Orange Curriculum
15:37 Kurt explains the relation of church culture to teaching
16:27 Kurt’s preferred way to teach
18:30 Find staples to cover every year
18:40 Should there be a teaching on sex?
19:50 Informing parents for series on wisdom and John
20:46 Any volatile topic parents must be informed
21:30 Kurt gets in trouble
22:09 Justin tells hilarious story
23:35“Teaching is a way we partner with parents.” -Justin Herman
23:54 Kurt loves teaching in series
25:21 Payoff has to be greater than set up
26:34 Tips on teaching multiple services
28:08 Use objects for lessons
29:14 “Leave them wanting more.” -Kurt Johnston
29:25 Central Christian College of the Bible "


Whose on this episode? 

Justin Herman- Sandals Church

Kurt Johnston- Saddleback Church


Things Mentioned:

Controlled Chaos Book by Kurt Johnston and Justin Herman
Scott Ruben from Willow Creek

Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly Missouri (where Justin went to college)

ORANGE- The XP3 Orange Curriculum 


Our Controlled Chaos Podcast Partner CIY, Christ in Youth.

CIY- Christ in Youth  

Our Sponsors. 

Central Christian College of the Bible, Moberly Missouri (where Justin went to college)

ORANGE- The XP3 Orange Curriculum 


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