This months on Sexuality couldn't be more relevant! I know it's so important to talk about and yet at the same time, we as youth workers are afraid to talk about the issue for a variety of reasons: fear we might upset parents, fear we will give more naive and innocent students bad ideas, fear that it will open a can of worms, fear we will present a judgmental view or a too open of a view -> too may fears - ugh!
But the worst thing we could do is nothing. Our prayer is that we as youth workers would engage and help students think through and better understand who they really are and how to live in the world we live in and flourish. Below is the write up about this months NEXT Curriculum on Sexuality:
Human sexuality is a really hot topic to be sure. It was really a struggle to know how to address this topic, knowing that each church has their own stance on sex, marriage, gender, sexual orientation, etc… So here’s the deal, this is not a pro or anti series, it is a series based on the theology of the sacred. That each human being is created in the image of God by God, and is therefore inherently sacred and loved by God.
We are also acutely aware that our students, unlike the generations of the past, are exposed to images and messages about their sexuality. The confusion is rampant and so students are struggling. Period. In the spirit of allowing you and your team of volunteers to counsel and to speak into their lives about the specifics of a student’s sexual sin, we have tried to carve out a safe space for students of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to learn about their own sacredness in the eyes of God and the sacredness of the “other”.
Our students will wrestle with questions such as:
- Does what I do with my body really matter?
- Does the Bible even talk about sex and, if it does, is it out of touch?
- Does pornography really impact me and my sexual choices?
- How do I treat someone who I think is living in sin?
We strongly recommend that you create a box where students can write down and submit questions as you go along. It’s very likely they will be addressed at some point in the series, but this way you will know where your students are at in the process and you can tailor the lessons to them.
We are sure you can add to this list. We also know that there are not pat answers to any of these questions that will satisfy students long term. The most effective way to answer them is to allow students to experience the truth for themselves through a number of means. We strongly recommend that the curriculum prompts that include scripture, prayer, and discussion be utilized, but all that is up to you.
One of our foundational beliefs is that the Holy Spirit does the work of convincing. We encourage you and your team to lean into that belief as well. Our job is not to argue anyone into the Kingdom or to berate another’s beliefs, but to present better questions, the testimony of people, and the scriptures.
This packet includes:
- Student Leadership Meeting
- Four Topical Lessons with Small Group Questions