ABOUT YOUTH VOICES FOR LIFE
Youth Voices for Life is a 6-week training series that Student Ministries could offer (on a Sunday morning, during Sunday School hours, or on Wednesday nights or whenever your student ministries meet). It will be divided into age group levels for middle school, high school, and college.
- The middle school training focuses on the “why” of pro-life ministry, both from a Biblical standpoint as well as a scientific one. The goal is that they will walk away at the end of the six weeks being able to articulate to someone on a simple but thorough level why Christians are pro-life.
- The high school training takes that basic knowledge and adapts it to what it looks like to have conversations with peers, family, and friends who might be pursuing abortion. They will be able to share the gospel through that conversation, explain why she shouldn’t get an abortion, and then share resources in the community and through the church to help her. High schoolers will also be encouraged to join or start a pro-life ministry within the church.
- Then finally the college curriculum will focus more on how to have a gospel-centered conversation with a pro-choice individual, and they will then also go through our regular Voice for Life Training Series and be encouraged to sidewalk counsel at least one time.
GOALS FOR THE PROGRAM
Our goal with this training series is to make it RARE, for Gen-Z and beyond, to be a gospel-centered church who is not holistically involved in pro-life ministry, and understanding of what it looks like to have gospel-centered, winsome conversations with abortion-minded individuals. We truly believe that this training, when adopted, has the capability to significantly reduce the amount of women who pursue abortion, because Christians will know why they’re pro-life, how to talk about it, and how to give every woman gospel hope and help to choose life.
PILOT GROUP DETAILS
We are inviting 3-5 student ministry groups to be part of a pilot group who would implement the curriculum beginning early next year. All initial groups in this pilot program would be participating with the middle school curriculum, as this is where every student at each grade level will get the foundational education they need to then participate in the high school or college curriculum in the future. Even though it is technically the middle school curriculum, we encourage every grade level to participate in learning this foundational knowledge. (However, we will have the pilot group leaders look over the High School and College curriculum to offer any suggestions prior to our widespread launch later in 2023.
Pilot group leaders will receive the first draft copies of the middle school curriculum by October 7. We will schedule a Zoom meeting with all leaders within the next week to chat through initial feedback (Date/Time TBA). Leaders will then receive revisions within the next two weeks, with a final meeting in early November. Curriculum will be mailed to each leader after any revisions discussed at that meeting are made. All churches should receive the curriculum by the first week of December.
Laurelen will be on Maternity Leave from November 14 until January 22. The goal will be to have one final meeting with pilot groups to touch base during that last week of January, with each group ideally starting to teach in February (there will be some flexibility for start dates if churches need).