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When You Teach…Do These Things!

If I were asked to share three teaching tips, these would be my top three:

Plan Ahead! Create a 6-month teaching calendar that has some sort of strategic thinking behind it! Our strategy is pretty simple, but it’s effective. We try to balance our teaching in three categories: 1) Bible education/doctrine 2) Junior High Life Skills and 3) Felt need.

Pray It Up! Pray about what to teach, pray as you create your lesson, and pray while you are in the midst of it.

Keep It Short And Simple! The only people who like long sermons are preachers. I have been teaching JH students for a long time, and I have NEVER heard a complaint that the lesson was too short. A short, easy-to-apply lesson is my goal every time I teach.

Obviously, some important aspects of teaching junior highers are missing in my list. How about you….what would make your “top 3 teaching tips”? Share them with the rest of us!

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Kurt Johnston has been involved in junior high ministry since 1988 and is currently the junior high pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the author of Controlled Chaos: Making Sense of Junior High Ministry and Go Team! He loves providing resources for junior high ministry almost as much as he loves junior highers themselves.