10 Ways to Make Your Teen Class More Exciting
Do you ever feel that your teen Sunday school class, youth hour or teen services are getting old? Join the crowd. I think we have all been there. So what can we do to add life to a dying class? Here are a few ideas that we have probably all heard before, but should implement soon.
• Make sure the teacher is excited.
If you are not excited, don’t expect anyone else to be. Be prayed up and fired up about the class hour.
• Arrive early for fellowship.
Most youth pastors are so busy with the bus ministry, music ministry, Sunday school department, etc. that they are racing into the teen class at the last minute. Whatever you have to do, show up early so that you can fellowship with your young people.
(Be sure to have music playing in the room before class. You can use a teen pianist or a CD player.)
Find good songs that your teens know and will sing. Sunday school is not a good time for A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, but it is a good time for I’ll Fly Away, Thank God, I Am Free, This World Is Not My Home, etc. A youth group that does not sing will never do much for God.
(It would be a good idea to schedule Singspirations occasionally on Sunday evenings after church.)
• Try a different schedule.
Mix it up a little bit. It wouldn’t hurt occasionally to start with the lesson and do the preliminaries at the end. It might help to sing a little extra. Variety is the spice of life. Try it with your Sunday school cue card.
• Plan new activities.
Many times we use the same activities over and over again. Plan a new activity. This will take some work, but it will make the class more exciting if you have something new to announce.
(Another idea for youth activities is to develop a youth activity calendar. I tried to schedule activities about 6 months to a year in advance. I would usually publish a schedule about 3-4 months in advance.)
• Have a weekly teen spotlight.
This takes some time, but it is definitely rewarding. Every week you will highlight a different young person in your youth bulletin. This will include name, age, favorite sport, favorite food, hobby, favorite song, etc. This helps you get to know your teens, and it helps the teens get to know each other.
• Ask trivia questions from last week’s lesson.
Asking questions from last week’s lesson will help your teens listen better during this week’s lesson. Our young people ought to be learning something in Sunday school. If they are not, it could be our fault for not teaching effectively.
• Challenge your young people with memory verses.
Take a minute or two to work on a memory verse. We use memory verses with younger children and with bus children—why not have memory verses for our teens?
• Take time for testimonies.
There a lot of things to cover, but it would help to take time for testimonies. You may want to try this once a month. It definitely encourages the teens to hear their peers talk about what God is doing in their lives.
• Bring refreshments once in a while.
Food adds excitement. Teens always enjoy doughnuts and juice. If you bring refreshments at random times, it should help them to show up early or at least on time.
In trying to make your teen class more exciting, don’t neglect the Word of God. This is the most important part of any Sunday school class, youth hour or teen service!