To Our Fearless Leaders

How is RUSH going to look this year????  That's a great question.  Please listen to Pastor JR, as he explains how we plan to gather together as many students as possible in the safest way possible.  Click here to listen.   

 

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Thank you for loving and caring so much for our kids. RUSH wouldn’t be the same without you, and we wouldn’t want to serve with anyone else.

 

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Large Group Teaching

These handouts are designed to give you a quick summary of what is covered each month during large group lessons.  Please refer to "Messages" on the homepage to view/listen to any available messages.

April 21 & 28, 2021

Between Your Ears

What Do You Believe About Womanhood?

April 7 & 14, 2021

Between Your Ears

What Do You Believe About Manhood?

March 17 & 24, 2021

Between Your Ears

What Do You Believe About Pleasure?

March 3 & 10, 2021

Between Your Ears

BaseCamp & Giving

February 17 & 24, 2021

Between Your Ears

What do you Believe About YOU? - Part 2

February 3 & 10, 2021

Between Your Ears

What do you Believe About YOU? - Part 1

January 20 & 27, 2021

Between Your Ears

Becky DenBoer Testimony

January 6 & 13, 2021

Between Your Ears

What Do You Believe About Satan?

December 2 & 9, 2020

Between Your Ears

Shirley's Testimony

November 18 & 25, 2020

Between Your Ears

What Do You Believe About God?

November 4 & 11, 2020

Between Your Ears

Who is at the Center of Your Universe?

October 21 & 28, 2020

Between Your Ears

What is Your Worldview?

October 7 & 14, 2020

Between Your Ears

What Do You Really Believe?

May 6, 2020

TOUGH TOPIC

Prayer Night

April 29, 2020

EMOTIONS THAT DESTROY

Depression 

April 22, 2020

EMOTIONS THAT DESTROY

Worry in the Midst of a Pandemic

March 4, 2020
February 12, 2020

TOUGH TOPIC

Self Harm: A Testimony for Students

February 2020

EMOTIONS THAT DESTROY

Anxiety

January 15, 2020

TOUGH TOPIC

All In

December 2019

BIBLE STORIES YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW

Hosea + Gomer

November 20, 2019

TOUGH TOPIC

Sexuality and the Gospel

November 13, 2019

SEXUALITY + THE GOSPEL

Personal Testimony

October 9, 2019
October 2019

BIBLE STORIES YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW

David + Goliath

September 18, 2019

TOUGH TOPIC

Why Can I Trust the Bible?

Small Group Resource Library

Below you will find a recommended list of resources for your small group, as well as for your one-on-ones.  If you have questions on any of these resources, or do not see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact Christina Katsma at 920-694-1552 or at christina.katsma@crossroadssheboygan.org.  Enjoy!

ONE-ON-ONE RESOURCES

Scheduling:

1-ON-1 SCHEDULING FORM 2019-2020 >>

Resources for Sharing the Gospel:

BRIDGE TO LIFE HANDOUT >>

BRIDGE TO LIFE ILLUSTRATION >>

Determining Next Steps for your Students:

STUDENT SPIRITUAL ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE >>

LEADER TRACKER FORM >>

The What and Why of:

BAPTISM >>

Check These Out:

CONVERSATION STARTERS >> (including "Would you Rather"?

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

We have compiled a list of recommended books to study with your small group:

MIDDLE SCHOOL – GENERAL
Case for Christ for Kids – by Lee Strobel

HIGH SCHOOL - GENERAL
This Changes Everything – How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years – by Jaquelle Crowe
Confident Christian – 6 Lessons on Apologetics for Teenagers – by Greg Stier
A Teen’s Guide to the 5 Love Languages – by Gary Chapman
Can I Ask That? – 8 Hard Questions about God & Faith – by Candy, Griffin, & Powell
The Case for Christ, Student Edition – by Lee Strobel

MIDDLE SCHOOL – GIRLS
Head to Soul Makeover – Helping Teen Girls Become Real in a Fake World – by Shelley Leith
Lies Girls Believe – by Dannah Gresh
A Girl’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices – by Elizabeth George
Just Us Girls – A Bible Study on Being God’s Girl in Middle School – by Hannah Duggan

HIGH SCHOOL - GIRLS
Journey to Freedom – A Bible Study on Identity for Teen Girls – by Elisa Pulliam
Perfectly Unique – by Annie Downs
Lies Young Women Believe – by DeMoss & Gresh
A Young Woman’s Guide to Discovering Her Bible – by Elizabeth George
A Young Woman’s Walk with God – by Elizabeth George
Seamless – Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story – by Angie Smith

MIDDLE SCHOOL - BOYS
A Boy’s Guide to Discovering His Bible – by Jim George
A Boy After God’s Own Heart – by Jim George
A Boy’s Guide to Making Really Good Choices – by Jim George

HIGH SCHOOL - BOYS
A Young Man’s Guide to Discovering His Bible – by Jim George
A Young Man After God’s Own Heart – by Jim George
Guy’s Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket – by Jonathan McKee
Choose Greatness – 11 Wise Decisions that Brave Young Men Make – by Chapman & Shuler

UNDERSTANDING TEEN CULTURE

There are several websites out there that will give you as leaders some insight into the life of a teenager.  The following websites will give you great information on the relevant topics/issues effecting teens, what's new in their tech-world, and ways we as leaders (and parents) can address these issues with our students.  

Recommended for: Leaders/Parents

THE CULTURAL TRANSLATOR >>

CENTER FOR PARENT/YOUTH UNDERSTANDING >>

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY >>

INSIDE SELF-HARM

In January 2020, our very own leader Tara Felix spoke to leaders and parents on the tough topic of self-harm.  She shared her experience with self-harm, as well as explaining the "what" and the "why" behind it.  



Handout with self-harm statistics, warning signs, questions to ask, healthy coping alternatives, and resources: 

Curriculum

JESUS-CENTERED LIFE - LIVE CURRICULUM

Today's teenagers are starving for "more of Jesus," not just more information. This 6-lesson series will show students how to have a deeper relationship with Him.  

Recommended age: 6-12th grade

Recommended gender: Both

GET THE CURRICULUM >>

MY NEW LIFE WITH JESUS - LIVE CURRICULUM

This 8-week series help teenagers to think about important areas of their faith journey.  This could be used as a small-group lesson series, or a great resource for 1-on-1 shepherding.  

Recommended age: 6-12th grade

Recommended gender: Both

GET THE CURRICULUM >>

GIRLS CREATED TO SHINE - BY TARA FELIX

This amazing course was created by our own small group leader, Tara Felix!  She provides us with 12 lessons, all focusing on equipping our girls to pursue their identity in Christ.  Don't have 12 weeks? No problem.  Each lesson can stand alone, which means you have flexibility!  For more of her resources please visit her website: www.likemindedmusings.com

Recommended age: 6-8th grade

Gender: Girls

GET THE STUDENT HANDOUT >>

PARENT/TEACHER HANDOUT >>

UNCOMMON - BY DAVID C COOK

This series for Junior and Senior High students is meant to help students find their place in God's story, engaging students with questions and activities that will allow leaders to show and tell the truths of the Bible in a life-transforming way.  Almost any topic you can think of divided into many sessions within each topic.  You will NOT be short on material!

Recommended age: 6-12th grade

Gender: Both

SEE LESSON DOWNLOAD LINKS >>

WHEN HEAVEN MEETS EARTH - THE BIBLE PROJECT

Imagine heaven.  See clouds? Pearly gate? Golden walls?  For most of us, the word "heaven" conjures up a cartoonish image of a city floating on cotton, even if that's not really what we believe God's dwelling place is like.  Time to forget all of that.  In this 12-session study, we see what the Bible really says about heaven.  

Recommended age: 9-12th grade

Recommended gender: Both

DOWNLOAD MATERIAL >>

HOW TO STUDY THE WORD WITH YOUR STUDENTS

6 ASPECTS OF DEVOTION TO THE WORD

 - Small groups leaders have found this article extremely helpful in guiding their study of a specific book of the Bible.

CHECK OUT THE LINK >>

I AM SECOND

I AM SECOND is a website that provides you with hundreds of stories of life-change.  These 6-10 minute videos give students real-life examples of people redeemed and lives transformed by putting Jesus first.  Search by a variety of topics that you believe would speak to your students.  

Want more direction?  Use the discussion guide below and walk through 7 videos with your students, in order to deepen their understanding of what putting Jesus first really means.  

GET THE DISCUSSION GUIDE >>

WHY I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THE BIBLE - VODDIE BAUCHAM

This is an amazing teaching on the validity of the Bible.  Show this video in 1-3 small group nights, or use this as a resource for an over-nighter event with your group! There is also a handout that goes along with the video below.  

GET THE HANDOUT >>

THE BIBLE PROJECT

The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible and understandable to everyone. The emphasis is on how the whole Bible fits together as a whole story; however, it does address more specific topics as well. They have a variety of short videos, articles, and other resources that are engaging, approachable, and transformative. The videos would be a great addition to your small group time, in order to keep students engaged.  

Recommended age: 6-12 (could be extremely beneficial for 6-8 to keep attention)

Gender: Both

CHECK OUT THE BIBLE PROJECT >>