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Have you ever had a student tell you they aren’t growing at youth group? Or maybe that the messages aren’t deep enough? I feel like every Youth Pastor has at one point or another, and for me, whenever I’ve asked students to boil it down to what they really mean, it comes down to a sense of not preaching enough Bible.
Doesn’t that almost want to make you laugh? Last year, we did exegetical studies of James, Colossians, sections of Romans, sections of Acts, and a few others. If you went through my lessons, you’d be hardpressed to find a message devoid of the Bible.
So what gives?
I’ve been pondering this idea for the last few weeks since talking with a former Youth Pastor of my current church, as we discussed why we both think it is so common for Youth Pastor’s to hear “You don’t go deep enough.” My point of view got kind of rocked by what he said, because as I sat there trying to find ways to better communicate more of the Bible, he just exclaimed “We teach too much Bible.”
Really? I’m having students tell me I don’t teach enough Bible, and you’re going to tell me that actually, I preach too much of it? I needed him to explain.
What he proceeded to tell me was he thinks that too often, we try and teach so much of the Bible that we end up teaching none of it.
Like the principle that says “Focus on doing a few things GREATLY as opposed to many things poorly.”
What do you think of this? How would it look like to teach LESS Bible in a MORE in-depth approach? Would this work in your Youth Ministry?