Ever been asked, “why do we have so many different denominations?” I can’t count how many times I have been asked that question. So I took a whole summer to read, watch, and study the history of church denominations. I didn’t want just a history lesson but wanted to really answer that complicated question. So I developed a series called Visual Theology where I shared complex Christian concepts in a visual way full of graphs and charts. I really nerded out with this for sure, but it was all one of the most well-received series I’ve done in a long time.
Feel free to use this download to share. It’s divided into two parts. The first part shares the history, or timeline, of the church denominations. There is a unique story of each denomination as it gets added to the timeline. The second, part shares the beliefs and customs of each denomination. This is a Venn diagram to show the difference between the many denominations. This is not a complete list as many practices or customs is not listed as there is too many to count. Also, I always share that even some people in each denomination don’t agree with everything in that denomination so this is not a tool to judge but to understand and listen.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS AS A WEAPON OR A TOOL OF JUDGEMENT. The purpose is to stay unbiased and just share the facts take from each denomination. If explain wrong or in a judgmental nature this can be a very hurtful series if you have people from different denominations hearing it. So please use this for good intentions and not biases or prejudices. Some things even people in the denomination might disagree so this was just my way of explaining why we have so many different denominations to students. The purpose wasn’t to defend or educate in a scholarly fashion. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at email@example.com.
This is a PowerPoint you can edit however you want, feel free to open the notes section to see my thoughts for each slide.
Ever wondered what makes Mennonite Brethren unique? This bonus lesson gives the history of the Mennonite Brethren.
Every youth worker wants to be a better preacher and teacher. Every time I (Kyle) ask a youth worker what they want to improve in with their ministry – almost always near the top is to improve their preaching/teaching. It’s a crucial part of youth ministry and it’s a skill set that needs continued focus. Yes, some of it is a natural ability, but most of it is a skill set that comes from years of training, learning, and practicing. As youth workers, we need to continue to grow and be better teachers and preachers. Things like what illustrations should you use and how to use them, how to better memorize your messages, how to keep students engaged and listening to your every word, and how to grow in your confidence as a preacher/teacher.
A good preacher can influence many people, but so can a bad one. And with today’s online focus comes stiffer competition. Almost all churches are online somehow, then when you add social media into the mix it’s even more prevalent. All this means is people can watch sermons any time of day if they want. What will make your messages stand out? How will they be more engaging and more impactful?
I know from personal experience that the more confidence you are in your preaching the more confidence you have in other areas of your ministry. And success usually follows. Becoming a good preacher/teacher helps your ministry in more ways than you realize. It’s no longer enough just to preach the word of God, our society now has the expectation to preach the word of God well. If you think you need improvement we can help because we have been there. I personally have given some terrible messages and some really good ones; but over the years I have really tried to focus my preaching/teaching to increase engagement and impact and I have seen the positive effects of it the past couple of years.
Embrace The Awkward Podcast (a podcast I do with a fellow youth worker DJ Toelle) just finished a 4 part series focusing on practice tips and tricks to help youth workers improving the preaching/steaching skill sets. Each episode is about 30 minutes. If you have any questions contact or what some more direct help contact me (Kyle) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click the titles below or search for episodes 27-30 wherever you listen to podcasts.
Part 1: Increasing Your Engagement.
What you say is important but how can you keep your audience interested more?
Part 2: Maximize Your Stage Time
How can you get the most of your time on stage? Tips and tricks to give better more engaging messages.
Part 3: Up Your Illustration Game
How to really make an impact with the illustrations you use in your messages.
Part 4: 10 Tips for Muli-Sensory Preaching
How to better preach and teach using more than just our sense of hearing.
Every month we will make available a free download from USMB Youth. Some will be actual files and others will be linked for free stuff! The goal is so you don’t have to spend extra time or resources finding things for youth ministry. Feel free to contact if you have a resource you would like to share with USMB YOUTH at email@example.com.
This video game took over in 2020 and I am sure your students have been playing it. What if you had could have a version of this in real life?! This free download is a complete game (minus a few supplies) where you can put on your own Among Us game in real life. For middle or high school students. This game is scalable which means you can have a group of 10 to 100. (we personally played it with over 75 people with no issue).
If you don’t know the game Among Us, it is a classic version of a “whodonnuit” mystery with an outer space twist. You are either a crew member trying to complete a task or an imposter trying to sabotage the crew and even eliminate them one by one. To learn more about the game CLICK HERE.
What you get in this download:
All files are completely editable!
Rules and supply list (word doc)
We are excited to announce our theme for 2021’s ASCENT.
HOME. Every soul on the planet has a deep longing for peace and satisfaction. Since the beginning of time, God has invited humanity to step into a pure, personal, and powerful relationship with Him to satisfy the deepest desires of our hearts.
This year’s theme will examine the idea of being home through the lens of God’s presence. We will explore how true intimacy with Jesus and abiding in Him impacts every aspect of one’s life, and provides the “at home” experience that every person longs for.
John 15:5, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (NLT)
We feel this is a multi-level meaning to this year’s theme of HOME. With the pandemic of 2020, most of the world spent time in their home more than ever, and yet we see teenagers longing for community, purpose, and connection. Our desire is for youth to deepen their abiding relationship with Jesus. And through that relationship, the love of Jesus overflows in every area of their lives, family, friends, and community. Our sessions and workshops will utilize this “remain in Christ” theme to give youth a better understanding of what an authentic relationship with Jesus looks like.