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Answering Youth Ministry Questions

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When you are teaching a Bible lesson to your youth ministry questions will arise from your students because for some of them this will be their first experience with dedicated lessons from scripture. You also have to take into consideration the fact that teenagers can be very inquisitive and curious about things that they do not know of. With that in mind here are a few ways that you should always respond to questions from your youth ministry students.
The first thing to remember when answering a question from a student is to always be respectful. A question that might seem simple to you is a question that comes from them simply not knowing the answer. You should also remember that take every single question that youth ministry asks you as a big a positive that they are at least interested in the material that you are teaching to them. When your students are asking you questions that means that they are listening and they are taking in the information that you work trying to deliver to them. With that in mind being respectful is fairly easy, just give each question that they ask you proper time and an adequate answer. If other students in the class know the answer to a question, allow them to help you along with answering. Sometimes other students have a great ability to describe something to another student better than any teacher can.
When you are responding to your students always be as honest and straightforward as you can be. There will be times when you don’t know the answer to a question. Not knowing an answer to a question posed by a student doesn’t mean you are a bad teacher, in fact the way you handle not knowing the question oftentimes makes the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher. So when the time arises and you are asked a question that you don’t know the answer to be upfront and honest with your use ministry and turn it into a research question for everybody to be involved in. Ask for your students input and their answers. Not knowing the question can always be a good a start to a great debate for group discussion because when you allow your students to have their input you more than likely will get a lot of different answers.
When responding to your students who are asking you questions after a Bible lesson also encourage everybody to speak up. Some of your students will be a lot shy than the other students, give them a little extra attention or praise so that they feel good about contributing to the group and asking questions.
In the end responding to questions posed by your students is a great time to connect with them and also clear up anything that they have in their mind. You might not always have the right answer but as long as you are off on an honest with your students they will go a long way in the amount of respect they have for you which will lead to more questions being asked.

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