Lodi Academy Students Engage Their Calling to Ministry
Early this year, Lodi Academy religion teacher and chaplain Janeen Little challenged the junior class (pictured) to write a Bible study for teenagers. She asked if they would be willing to present the lessons to the conference-wide online youth group. “They were thrilled to do it,” she said.
The class brainstormed ideas to come up with their theme, “Like Iron,” referring to Proverbs 27:17, and they divided into pairs to write the lessons. Each one dealt with a practical topic, such as depression, stress, and time management.
The lessons included Scripture, activities, and discussion questions. “The students discovered that it’s different when you study the Bible for yourself and when you study with someone else in mind,” said Little. “The majority felt it was far more meaningful to present the Word to others, hear their reaction, and see them apply ideas to their current situation. It was really invigorating to my students.”
The teens also learned how to adapt quickly when their lesson didn’t work as expected. “It was fun to watch them think on their feet,” she said.
The members of the youth group appreciated hearing from their peers. At the final meeting, one young person said that it seemed like every one of the Bible studies had been planned by God because each lesson addressed what the teen was going through at the time.
Little invites NCC members to help connect teens to the online youth group when it begins again in the fall. “This group meets a need,” she said, “especially for those who have few opportunities to interact with other Adventist youth.”