equip your youth to be powerful & effective disciples
Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages. Jim’s radio broadcast is heard on over 800 stations a day and heard around the world via podcast at HomeWord.com.
Uncommon is a youth ministry series that helps senior high students find their place in God’s story, engaging students with high-octane, student-friendly activities that will help the youth leader show—not just tell—the timeless truths of the Bible in a life-transforming way. Inside each book you’ll find a unique download link for additional discussion handouts for each session which are fully reproducible for any group size.
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The Christian Life: High School Group Study
Show Teens What Following Jesus is All About! The Christian Life group study is a straightforward presentation of the Gospel and will help young people discover what it means to be a follower of Christ and how they can walk in God’s love and forgiveness. 12 engaging sessions examine one of the most critical parts of a young person’s life, their faith. Teens will discover the basics of the Christian life, starting with God’s love, how to set a strong foundation and understanding God’s will for their lives.
The Life of Jesus: High School Group Study
Equip Teens to Deal With Stresses in Their Lives! Today’s teens deal with stresses that most of us never imagined when we were in high school: teen depression, suicide, AIDS and other STDs, pornography at the click of a mouse. Many teenagers feel stressed out and helpless in the face of such issues. So how can youth leaders help teens in their group develop the coping skills and strength of heart to deal with the crises that arise in their lives?
Youth-ministry veteran Jim Burns has developed Uncommon: Dealing with Stress & Crisis to equip leaders with the tools they need to start effective conversations and build a supportive peer community. Using the Bible as a foundation, this study provides leaders with indispensable tips for guiding dialog to get their teens talking, thinking and praying.
The Life of Jesus: High School Group Study
Help Teens Discover Who Jesus is and Why it Matters! Invite teens to meet Jesus for one of the most challenging and wonderful experiences in their Christian life. Part of the exciting Uncommon youth resource line, The Life of Jesus explains who Christ is and how each of us can follow His example for a fruitful and fulfilled life.
Engaging topics include:
- The act of God becoming human
- The temptations Jesus faced
- How Jesus commands Christians to follow Him and to put God first in their lives
- The crucifixion where the sin of humanity is confronted by the love of God
- How Christians are to prepare for Jesus’ return.
Contains three 4-week modules.
Living Out Jesus’ Teachings: High School Group Study
Help Teens Become Sold-Out Followers of Jesus! Most Christian teens want to follow Jesus wholeheartedly—but it’s not always obvious how to obey His teachings in their hyper-paced, tech-driven world. Now youth leaders can help students connect Jesus’ teachings with their everyday lives of school, family, activities and church, with this easy-to-teach Uncommon Bible study. Youth-ministry veteran Jim Burns has developed Living Out Jesus’ Teachings Uncommon High School Group Study to equip leaders with the tools they need to start effective conversations and build supportive peer community. Using action-packed, fun activities and indispensable tips for guiding dialog, youth ministers will have their teens talking, thinking and praying in no time about how they can follow Jesus in their priorities, motives and decisions.
The New Testament: High School Group Study
Help Teens Understand How the Gospel Spread and the Church Began, and Help them Connect that History With Their Lives. The New Testament is a youth-friendly Bible study that offers a comprehensive overview from the Gospels to Revelation and introduces the central themes of the New Testament:
- God’s unconditional love
- God’s grace through Christ
- Becoming part of God’s family
- Becoming an agent of change.
Every one of the 12 sessions is an interactive, in-depth study of God’s Word focusing on the heart and the message of the New Testament.
The Old Testament: High School Group Study
The Ultimate Origin Story Starts Here! The Old Testament, an Uncommon Group Study, will guide teens to discover their own origin story and help them make sense of their world and themselves. These 12 sessions of youth-friendly Bible study will introduce your students to the God who keeps His promises, works miracles and forgives His people when they make terrible choices, and help them understand the physical and spiritual history of our human family. And when they meet Adam and Eve, Samuel, Job, Esther, Daniel and many more biblical characters, your students will get to know the real heroes of the faith.
Parents & Family: High School Group Study
Help Teens Become Their Best at Home! Healthy families are becoming an endangered species in today’s culture, and healthy families with happy, healthy teens are an even rarer commodity. Youth ministers can help the teens in their group relate well with their parents and siblings. Youth ministry veteran Jim Burns has developed Parents and Family to equip leaders with the tools they need to guide the discussion. Using these action-packed, fun activities and indispensable tips for starting crucial dialogue, youth pastors will have their teens talking in no time.
Prayer and The Devotional Life: High School Group Study
Prayer and the Devotional Life helps to introduce essential disciplines. Twelve sessions of youth-friendly Bible study will get your teens thinking and talking about the importance of spiritual practices, and guide them to make praying and Bible study part of their daily diet.
Resisting Temptation: High School Group Study
Help Teens Make Wise Choices and Avoid Lifelong Heartache! Teens are faced with tough choices every day—choices that have real consequences. Youth ministry veteran Jim Burns has developed Resisting Temptation to equip leaders to guide teens toward making healthy decisions. Using these action-packed, fun activities and indispensable tips for starting crucial dialogue, your teens will be talking in no time.
Sharing Your Faith and Serving Others: High School Group Study
Get Teens Engaged With the Heart of Following Jesus! Teens have a reputation for being self-absorbed and “all-about-me,” but most of them care deeply about God and others and just wish they knew how to show it. With Sharing Your Faith and Serving Others Uncommon High School Group Study, you can equip the students in your group to make a difference in the world by seeing others as Jesus sees them. Teens will learn how to use their gifts in service to others, how to lead their peers with gentleness and compassion, and how to share their faith by being an encouraging, generous friend. These 12 sessions of youth-friendly Bible study are the newest edition to the Uncommon curriculum series created by veteran youth minister Jim Burns. Action-packed, fun activities and insightful discussion outlines will get your teens thinking about the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, and talking about how they can follow Jesus in love and obedience.
Spiritual Gifts: High School Group Study
Help Teens Find God’s Gifts to Each of Them! Adolescence can leave a young person feeling particularly ungifted—as if they don’t fit in anywhere. In Spiritual Gifts, Jim Burns and Doug Fields, noted leaders in youth ministry, take high school students through a study of the spiritual gifts listed in Scripture and then work through an exercise to help them discover their own gifts and how to use them. Watch teens come to life when they discover that they are gifted and have much to offer the body of Christ.
Winning Spiritual Battles: High School Group Study
Help Teens Become Spiritual Warriors! Temptations of our surrounding culture are a symptom of a deeper threat: spiritual attack. Equip their teens to stand firm against the enemy. Winning Spiritual Battles Uncommon High School Group Study, one of the Uncommon series of group studies created by veteran youth minister Jim Burns, includes 12 session of interactive Bible study that will guide young people to root themselves in salvation, discover their identity in Christ, and pray God’s Word against spiritual attack.
I don’t know anyone who knows and understands the needs of the youth worker like Jim Burns.
—Doug Fields, Senior Director of HomeWord Center for Youth and Family @ Azusa Pacific University