Biblical Literacy with Youth

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Youth ministry is tough- and helping youth develop biblical literacy can prove to be unique challenge. Join us as we explore creative ways to help youth encounter, engage, and respond to scripture.


  • 1. Encounter, Engage, Respond: Biblical Literacy with Youth
    Chad King
    Augsburg Fortress, 2010

2. Session Goals
Identify key characteristics of healthy biblical literacy
Examine age-appropriate characteristics, options and strategies
Leave with at least one practical idea to put into action this fall
3. Two Terms:
Biblical Literacy
4. Why does it matter?
The problem facing the Christian Church is not that people lack a complete set of beliefs; the problem is that they have a full slate of beliefs in mind, which they think are consistent with biblical teachings, and they are neither open to being proven wrong nor to learning new insights. Our research suggests that this challenge initially emerges in the late adolescent or early teenage years. By the time most Americans reach the age of 13 or 14, they think they pretty much know everything of value the Bible has to teach and they are no longer interested in learning more scriptural content.
5. Why does it matter?
It requires increasingly concise, creative, reinforced, and personally relevant efforts to penetrate peoples minds with new or more accurate insights into genuinely biblical principles. In a culture driven by the desire to receive value, more Bible teaching is generally not viewed as an exercise in providing such value.
-Barna Group, 2009
6. Age-Specifics

  • 4-6 graders

7. 7-8 graders 8. 9-10 graders 9. 11-12 graders


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