How to Love God Through Studying His Word with Chelsea Erickson (Rooted 2020 Conference)

Here is Rooted’s own Chelsea Erickson with her workshop from the 2020 Microconferences, teaching on a subject that is near and dear to all our hearts: helping students study- and fall in love with- the word of God.

Are students in your ministry merely hearing the Bible taught to them, or are they actively learning how to study it themselves? Teaching students how to study and apply the Bible is a primary part of our calling as youth ministers, but it’s one we can all too easily neglect! Using the basics of Inductive Bible Study, this workshop will demonstrate how to help students slow down to observe, interpret, and apply the text, making gospel connections as they go. The workshop will also provide recommendations for implementing this kind of collaborative Bible study with both high school and middle school students.

Discussion questions

  1. Who first taught you to study the Bible? What do you remember about that learning process? Were there tools you learned that are still valuable to you now?
  2. Which of the three reasons for defaulting to up-front teaching (in large or smaller groups) do you most identify with? Is there a challenge or an encouragement for you in thinking about getting students in the Word together more often?
  3. What do you see as the main obstacles to using the Inductive Bible Study framework in your ministry context? Brainstorm together how you could adapt this tool to suit the various ministries represented.


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