Each of these are examples of engaging presentations. In middle school ministry, we need to be refining our message to be as effective as possible at helping students meet and follow Jesus. A key piece in that is our presentations.
I will admit at the risk of turning you away due to my geek-factor, that presentations are a hobby for me. But they are a hobby that have helped me so much in my ministry with preteens and middle schoolers that I knew I needed to share my observations, thoughts, findings, resources and even questions with you in not just one post, but in a series of posts.
Critics of youth ministry complain that we entertain kids too much. And then they sit for two hours with their kids watching a Pixar film in the theater before watching it on an endless loop at home later.
Sometimes we are our own biggest critics and start to believe the lie that learning isn't fun and we need to do more games and less teaching to keep students, especially ten to fourteen year-olds, engaged. And then we click on a link and are drawn in to an education from ideas presented in a TED talk.
The core of what we present to students is the Bible. As far as content is concerned, that can't be topped. We may add side-dishes of personal illustrations or examples from popular culture. But the main dish will always be the Word of God.
I invite you to join me as we learn from the masters of the art of presentation. Study with me as we take notes on key concepts, philosophies and rules in creating and delivering captivating presentations. Wrestle with some of the thoughts that challenge what I've "always done" in over a decade of ministry. Explore with me new resources, companies and people helping to shape presentations now and for years to come.
And always keep in the back of your mind this truth. Apple has a team of great people working tirelessly to deliver two or three keynote presentations per year. Pixar has an incredibly gifted variety of individuals and technology working for years to deliver one two-hour movie. And people go to great lengths, even hiring presentation creating companies, to help them prepare for a TED talk.