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Title: How To Develop Christian Character in Youth


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How To Develop Christian Character in Youth
(age 19-24)
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Youth Life Journey with Peers
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Youth Self-Discovery Meaning Making
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Youth Preparing for Adulthood
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Remember your Creator ..
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Biblical References
  • Remember your Creator
  • in the days of your youth,
  • before the days of trouble come.
  • (NRSV, Ecclesiastes
    121)

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Biblical References
  • Let no one despise your youth, but set the
    believers
  • an example in speech and
  • conduct, in love, in faith,
  • in purity. (I Timothy 411)

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Tuesday, July 5 Class One
  • The Theme
  • What are some of the Christian Characters
  • this age group should manifest?

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Christian Character Formation as the result of
Spiritual Growth
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Stages of Development By Erik Erikson
Stage Age Crisis Virtues to be attained
1 0-1 years Trust VS Mistrust HOPE
2 2-3 yrs Autonomy VS Shame Doubt WILL
3 4-6 yrs Initiation VS Guilt PURPOSE
4 7-12 yrs Industry VS Inferiority COMPENTENCE
5 13-19 yrs (late teen) Identity VS Role Confusion FIDELTY
6 20-34 yrs (young adult) Intimacy VS Isolation LOVE
7 35-65 yrs Generativity VS Stagnation CARE
8 65 Integrity VS Despair WISDOM
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Characteristics of Youth
  • Younger Youth (13-15yrs)
  • Physical
  • 1)Bodies rapidly changing.
  • 2)Girls reach puberty earlier than
  • boys.
  • 3) Changing of bodies may be a source of
    emotional concern
  • for some youth.
  • 4) Sometimes can be awkward.
  • 5)Ready to perform tasks with high level of
    physical stamina
  • and energy.
  • Older Youth (16-18yrs)
  • Physical
  • They look like adults.
  • Capable of adult activities.
  • Capable of full sexual and
  • reproductive activity yet
  • not ready for it emotionally
  • or economically.
  • Outgrowing clumsiness.
  • 5) Eat much.

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Younger Youth (13-15) Older Youth(16-18)
  • Mental
  • Creative inventive.
  • Can think abstractly and learn difficult
    concepts.
  • Understand the consequences of actions.
  • Can think independently
  • (may rebel against authority)
  • Can conceptualize time
  • space.
  • 6) Enjoy adventures discovery.
  • Mental
  • 1)Capable of critical thinking.
  • 2)Arguing for the sake of it
  • 3) Creative enjoy solving
  • problems.
  • 4) Can make carry out
  • plan of action.
  • 5) Work for sense of achieve-
  • ment.
  • 6) Decision-making skills
  • are improving.

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Younger Youth Older Youth
  • Social
  • Want to belong to a group of peers.
  • Seek adult status.
  • Desire acceptance of
  • adults (incl.parents)
  • 4) Want to dress like friends.
  • 5) Enjoy competition.
  • 6) Usually self-conscious.
  • Social
  • Can take deliberate skills in improving
  • interpersonal skills.
  • Concerned about relation-ship with the
  • the opposite sex.
  • Seek adult status.
  • Belong to a social group
  • of their interests needs.

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Younger Youth Older Youth
  • Emotional
  • Like a roller coaster.
  • May feel misunderstood.
  • Difficulty to express their feelings.
  • Tend to rebel against
  • authority.
  • Commit to worthy cause.
  • Developing emotional independence.
  • Sometimes difficult to control their emotions.
  • Emotional
  • Have more ability to control their emotions.
  • Still have moodiness.
  • Feel intense emotions (incl. sexual impetus)
  • Likes art, film, music.
  • Need emotional security.
  • Ready to accept their sexuality.

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Younger Youth Older Youth
  • Spiritual
  • Idealistic in faith.
  • Can have doubts in faith.
  • Ready for deep personal
  • encounter with God.
  • Think about death.
  • Appreciate honesty.
  • Want practical Bible study.
  • Capable of serving others
  • in ministry missions.
  • Spiritual
  • Question adult value systems.
  • Developing a mature philosophy of life.
  • Emotional personal faith.
  • Express faith in their own
  • terms.
  • Capable of making lifelong commitments of
  • their faith.
  • Want to relate spiritual truth to everyday life.
  • Capable of meaningful worship experineces.

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How Do Youth Learn? They Learn When...
  • They have adult role models to follow.
  • There is an atmosphere of love, trust,
    acceptance.
  • They make discoveries for themselves.
  • They are actively involved in the learning
    process.
  • They explore Biblical truth with their peers.

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How Do Youth Learn? They Learn When...
  • 6) The lesson relates to their needs interests.
  • 7) The activities reflect their abilities.
  • 8) The learning goal has been identified.
  • 9) A variety of learning methods are employed.
  • 10) They are provided with opportunities to take
    positive action regarding the lesson.

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7 Goals of Youth MinistryAFFIRMS
  • A Achievement realized.
  • F Friends gained.
  • F Feeling understood.
  • I Identity established.
  • R Responsibility accepted.
  • M Maturity gained.
  • S Sexuality understood.

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Young Adults Need
  • Regarding God, Young Adults needs
  • To reverence God, respect His commandments, and
    seek to know do His will as the supreme good.
  • To grow in understanding of prayer in ability
    to pray.
  • To want to do things in ways pleasing to Jesus.
  • To grow in ability to make right choices.
  • 5) To develop in ability to help make his/her
    home happy.
  • To have an increasing love for all people which
    will
  • be expressed in friendliness cooperation.

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Young Adults Need
  • To seek use opportunities to invest their
    talents skills in Christian service.
  • To witness consistently to the truth power of
  • Christian faith to seek to win others to
    Christ.
  • To work faithfully for the building up of their
    church to serve sacrificially in thru their
    church.
  • To give money from worthy motives according to
  • Biblical teaching for the support of their
    church its work.

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Young Adults Need
  • 5) To show compassion for people in need to do
    deeds of helpfulness in daily life.
  • 6) To find Gods will for their lives, to prepare
    adequately for the vocation to which they are
    called,
  • and to enter that vocation with a sense of
    dedication
  • to Christian service.
  • 7) To serve effectively as a member of a team
    to serve without desire for self-glory.

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Young Adults Need
  • 8) To dedicate their total personality
    resources to world missions as the means of
    carrying forward the
  • redemptive undertaking of Jesus Christ
  • 9) To join with others in cooperative action for
    improvement of social conditions, the creation of
    a more Christian society,
  • the realization of Gods purpose for
    humankind

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Wednesday, July 6 Class Two
  • The Theme
  • How To Build
  • Such Christian Characters
  • in Their Lives?

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God As the Master Builder
  • I planted, Apollo watered, but God gave the
    growth.
  • So neither the one who plants nor the one who
    waters
  • is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
  • The one who plants and the one waters have a
  • common purpose, and will receive wages
  • according to the labor of each.
  • For we are Gods servants, working together
  • You are Gods field, Gods building.

  • (NRSV, 1 Corinthians 36-9)
  • . God is calling you to be Gods co-worker for
    Youth!

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As Leaders/Teachers for Youth/Young Adults
  • As a co-worker of God, you need to help them!
  • To help them read the Bible, and know the Bible
  • To help them pray every day
  • To help them faithfully attend Worship Service
  • To help them give to God (money, time, talents,
    etc)
  • To help them witness to friends
  • (generally leader should be of the same sex as
  • the youth. Boy for boys, girl for girls)

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As Leaders/Teachers for Youth/Young Adults
  • As a co-worker of God, you need to
  • help them!
  • To listen to them carefully
  • To help them share their problems
  • To guide them to make good decisions
  • To be with them to share their joys sorrows
  • To help them trust God in every way

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As a Youth/Young Adult Leader, you need
  • To know the Bible well
  • To have basic skills in counseling (attentive
    listening)
  • To know their circumstances well(about their
    family, school life, personalities, strength
    weaknesses)
  • To accept them with patience prayer
  • To share the church life together
  • To walk with them in their journey of life

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Thursday, July 6 Class Three
  • The Theme
  • What should we, as the church, do to minister to
    them?

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What should we do, as the church, to help them
grow and mature?
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Biblical References
  • FORMATION BUILDING
  • Galatians 419(Christ being formed
  • in the believer)
  • Colossians 31617(let the word of
  • Christ dwell in you)
  • Ephesians 41117 (growing in love
  • as unity in the Body of Christ)

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Think About It
  • Select a Bible story of your choice that you
    think
  • fits to the spiritual needs of Young Adult.
  • B) Select a topic of Bible Study for Young Adult
    and
  • develop a simple study outline.
  • (Example) Vocational Life, Love
    Marriage,
  • Becoming an effective witness
    for the Lord, etc.
  • Think about it (A) or (B)
  • and share it on Thursday, July 7.

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Biblical References
  • In case of Joseph
  • Genesis 37136 Joseph 17 yrs old with his
    brothers
  • loved by father, envied hated by
    his brothers
  • Genesis 3914136 Josephs hardship in Egypt
  • Joseph living alone in a foreign
    land
  • Joseph tempted by Potiphars wife,
  • misunderstood, sent to jail
  • Genesis 413746 Joseph interprets dreams
  • Joseph as prime minister at age 30

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Biblical References
  • In case of Esther
  • Esther 2518 Hadassah becoming Esther the Queen
  • Esther 4117 Esther facing crisis of a lifetime
  • Esther 51919 Jews in Persia saved
  • Esther 92032 Esther ordaining Purim Festival

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Youth Learn Through Many Activities!
  • Art Drama Music
  • Visual Techniques
  • Games
  • Pencil Paper Sports
  • Eating Meeting
  • Fun Activities
  • Christian Fellowship

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As the Church, Youth/Young Adult Leader Will
  • Pray for them put prayer into action
  • (e.g. communication thru notebooks)
  • To share their spiritual needs at the
    Teachers/Leaders Meeting
  • To share their spiritual needs with Pastor
  • To have communication with their family
  • To plan retreats/camps/seminars/eating meetings
    fellowship/watching videos/sport games, etc,
  • for them with them
  • To help them do volunteer works at church
  • To minister to them as a team
  • To let them participate in regional
    camps/retreats

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Youth Young Adults
  • Worship Praise
  • Bible Study
  • Prayer Devotions
  • Christian Stewardship of Giving
  • Christian Living Testimony
  • Christian Attitudes Service

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Youth Young Adults
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Bibliography
  • Charles A. Tidwell, The Educational Ministry of
  • A Church A Comprehensive Model for Students
  • and Ministers, Revised Expanded, 1996.
  • Bruce P. Powers, ed., Christian Education
    Handbook
  • A Revised Completely Updated Edition, 1996.
  • Daryl Eldridge, ed., The Teaching Ministry of
    the ChurchIntegrating Biblical Truth with
    Contemporary Application, 1995.
  • Above 3 books are all from Broadman Holman
    Publishers, USA.
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