///Setting Up a Youth Ministry Guest Speaker to Win

Setting Up a Youth Ministry Guest Speaker to Win

I do some guest speaking from time to time and was thinking how awesome it would be if I got a Speaker Information Sheet that game me some details about the culture of the place I was teaching at. If it included several key things it would help me a TON in understanding the culture and attempting to meet the needs of the people. I supposed it could include just about anything, but here are some of the things that would be of particular interest to me.

  • How am I going to be set up? (do I need to intro myself, or will you handle it)
  • What version of the Bible do you use? (so I can line up with it)
  • What were some of the recent themes/passages/series? (so I don’t teach the same thing someone did last week)
  • Who is in the audience? (beilievers, non-believers, ages)
  • What type of students are attending? (freshman, homeschoolers)
  • How long should I teach? (dont want to go long or run short)
  • What words should I avoid? (don’t want to get crap for saying “crap”)
  • What types of culture references can I make (should I avoid a “Twerk” reference)
  • Have there been any recent tragedies or big news items that affected the whole group? (help me avoid stirring something up)
  • Are there probably disruptive students in the group? (the funny-sounding sneezer, etc)

What would you add to this list to help out a guest speaker?


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Josh Griffin is one of the leading voices in youth ministry with over 20 years experience in the trenches, most recently as the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church. He's the co-founder of DownloadYouthMinistry.com and been in 300+ episodes of the DYM Podcast with Doug Fields. He's created more than 50 youth ministry resources and authored several books including 99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders. Josh and his wife Angela have 4 kids, which now includes 2 teenagers of their own! Contact Josh | Speaking Requests

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