The purposes of this 60-minute session are:
On YouTube.com, Christ Embassy Lagos, Nigeria, “Teens on Fire: Self Esteem.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKs75N00Cbk
Kenda Dean, Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Kenda Dean, ed., OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, Nashville, Abington Press, 2010.
Joyce Mercer, Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood. Chalice Press, 2005.
Gather (5 minutes)
Opening silence and prayer.
Introduction of the Session:
Engage (40 minutes)
Activity 1: Review of the Healthy S.E.L.F.
Activity 2: What is Your Unique G.I.F.T.?
Reflect (15 minutes)
Activity: What Word or Phrase Best Describes Who You Are Before God?
“Imagine that you are able to keep healthy all dimensions of your SELF as we discussed in Session 2. With a healthy SELF and knowledge about who and what has shaped your unique outlook or GIFT in life, please write on your index card a word or phrase that best describes you and what you can offer to the world that helps others and glorifies God.” (The students will have 7-8 minutes to write)
OPTION: The facilitator can go to a website like Lyrics.com to print out and distribute the lyrics of the selected songs.
Sending Forth (5 minutes)
For the prayer, the youth minister can invite everyone to get into a circle and to pray out loud for any concerns that they have. When the facilitator believes that everyone has had ample opportunity to pray, she or he then offers a prayer that God would reveal to everyone in the circle opportunities to share the word or phrase that describes them and what they can offer to God and to the world through their decisions and their relationships.
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders