I am happy to introduce a new monthly youth Sunday school series at BCC: adapting the youth Sunday school curriculum to train future missionaries.
In my own ward I’m fortunate to teach 17-18 year-olds. Some of them already have turned in their mission papers and are awaiting calls. Others are working on their papers. The Sunday school curriculum adapts itself easily to teaching the youth how to share the gospel both with investigators in a formal setting and with friends. To incorporate missionary training into the material, a lesson plan for April using correlated material as a guideline might look like this:
- What are aspects of the Church do you personally find unique?
- What does the Church offer you?
- What is special about it?
Discuss Elder Oaks talk.
Apply it to sharing the gospel:
Of the principles the youth have come up from the talk and discussion, ask, “How could you share these principles with others?”
Using Preach My Gospel, discuss sharing testimony while teaching.
Class members then choose principles discussed at the beginning of the lesson to practice teaching to other class members, keeping in mind the importance of testimony.
Each month BCC invites readers who teach youth Sunday school, or anyone who would like to contribute, to look over the monthly material and send your suggestions to the following questions with Youth SS in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- As a missionary (or someone sharing the gospel less formally), what questions came up about these principles with investigators that class participants could think about answering?
- What are some ways to answer questions about these principles when teaching the gospel?
- What teaching analogies help investigators understand these principles?
Please send your ideas within the first three weeks of the month. For instance, if you would like to contribute to the June post, please send your ideas by May 20.