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Youth ministry is all about the teaching, right?

“You killed that message!”

“That was a homerun!”

“You were on fire!”

Yeah, maybe. But the truth is, for most of us, teaching is a bit of a grind, a grind which is not enhanced by the pressure we put on ourselves. Sometimes we might be really good; other times not so much. We are not called to be great all the time. We are called to faithfully talk to our students about Jesus and help them grow spiritually. Nothing more, nothing less.

We are called to be–in the terminology of today’s report cards–consistently satisfactory.

In the second part of our series, things get real. We have some honest confessions. Steve sometimes prepares on Sunday afternoon right before his group meets. Mathew once did the same message three weeks in a row until someone noticed. But beyond that, we get into the nuts and bolts of teaching. How (and when) do we prepare? What parts of the presentation are important to us? How long should messages be? And we discuss the controversial question Jesus wrestled with – slides or no slides?

All this, plus dead bodies flying out the window!

It’s Episode 104 – Consistently Satisfactory

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