Curriculum

Risk Takers

In the Vineyard we believe that faith is spelled R-I-S-K! Whether it’s praying for healing, sharing our faith, or volunteering to feed the hungry, acting on our faith often requires a level of risk. Left to our own comfort zones, we tend to mostly take care of ourselves and avoid challenging situations. However, being a follower of Jesus requires us to be stretched and to put others first! In this series we will tackle several obstacles that stand in our way when God asks us to step out in faith.

Christian Dunn

Christian and his wife Mandy live in Pennsylvania with their four wonderful children. Together they have recently planted CityLight Vineyard Church in Newark DE. Previously Christian was the youth pastor for 20 years at the Barn Vineyard Church and served as the East Regional Youth Leader for 10 of those years. He is currently the National Youth Leader for VUSA and the author of two books: “Finding the One: How Dating Prepares You for Marriage,” and “More Than Spectators: Empowering Teens for Ministry.”

This curriculum is designed to be used in 1 of 2 ways:

  • You can download the PDF and teach it on your own
  • You can use the PDF as a leaders guide, and use the videos above for the actual teaching. They cover the same material.

 

Lessons in This Series:

Lesson #1 – More Than Meets the Eye
One of the first obstacles to stepping out in faith is overcoming our insecurity. This week we discuss the contrast between how we see ourselves and how God sees us, and we learn to embrace the identity we have in Christ!

Lesson #2 – Escaping the Comfort Zone
So often we let what we are comfortable with dictate what we do. This week we learn to tackle our fear with Jesus, and be overcomers.

Lesson #3 – The Weight of Regret
Sometimes our past can cloud our future. We will discuss the power of forgiveness to set us free from our past, and release us to be risk takers for Jesus in the future.

Lesson #4 – One Small Step
In following Jesus we are often one small step of faith away from seeing God do something amazing in and through us. We will discuss what it is like to take that step and join the adventure that God is offering us.

Community Starts with You

 

Studies indicate that community and relationships are key facets that connect adolescent students to a youth ministry context, as well as lasting church engagement.  The call of the church has been and always will be to create a community and family of God – and expression of God’s love. In this curriculum we want to take the opportunity to discuss some of the realties, difficulties, and hurdles to experiencing community and relationship during this phase of life.  The goal of this study is to understand the role of community as well as the barriers that often keep us from “belonging.”

Nick Sybouts

Nick serves as Vineyard’s Middle School Pastor. He and his wife, Annah, have been married for 9 years and have a 4 year old son, Kairon, and will be soon welcoming their sweet little girl! Nick graduated from Family of Faith Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry and from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters of Theology. Having spent over 15 years in various roles of youth ministry, Nick has a passion for students and seeing them reach their God-given destiny. During his free time, Nick is a die-hard sports fan, an avid reader, Netflix binge-watcher, and a “hack” golfer

This curriculum is designed to be used as much or as little as you want to use it.

  • You can download the PDF and teach it as written.
  • Or use it as a guide to create your own content. Either way works!

Lessons in This Booklet
Introduction to the Parables of Jesus
Lesson #1 – Created for Community
Lesson #2 – One Body
Lesson #3 – One is a Lonely Number
Lesson #4 – The Power of Offense
Lesson #5 – Owning It

We Are One

In the Vineyard we believe that God cares equally about every race, ethnicity, and gender. We believe that every individual is equal in His sight. But a question that many of us still ask is a simple but important one: How do we do life with people who are different from usHow do we interact with those who have different cultures, perspectives, and values than we do? The way that most of us will answer these questions largely has to do with our current values, the way that we were raised, and our life experiences. Our goal in this series is to explore questions like these on a deeper, more personal level. Our hope is that this series will challenge your teens and give them the tools and passion necessary to better embrace those around them that are different from them so that the love of Jesus may be put on display through their lives. Isn’t that what we all want—for our lives to be a picture of the passionate love of Jesus? God created a world filled with diversity so that we may all be an expression of His nature, His beauty, His creativity, His personality, and His love. We all bring something special to the table. Christ charges us to value one another’s differences, all while viewing each other as holding equal value in Him. We are One.
Brandon Henderson

Brandon and his wife, Sharon, live in Urbana, Illinois, along with their beautiful daughter, Zoe. Brandon currently serves as the high school pastor at the Urbana Campus of the Vineyard Church of Central Illinois. He is a gifted communicator who desires to see this generation equipped in the power of the Holy Spirit and the identity that is theirs in Christ. Brandon also is a talented rapper, frequently appearing in worship at his church, contributing a spoken word or rap verse. His most recent project is called The Prognosis EP and it is available for streaming everywhere.

This curriculum is designed to be used in 1 of 2 ways:

 

  • You can download the PDF and teach it on your own
  • You can use the PDF as a leaders guide, and use the videos above for the actual teaching. They cover the same material.

 

Lessons in This Booklet
Lesson #1 – It’s God’s Idea
Lesson #2 – Equal and One
Lesson #3 – You Have Something I Need
Lesson #4 – Diverse and One

Hearing God’s Voice

 

In the Vineyard we believe that learning to hear God’s voice, and living in submission and obedience to it, is a foundational skill we all should grow in throughout our lives. Sometimes hearing God’s voice can start to feel intimidating though, or like it is only for certain people. In this curriculum book we want to give teens the opportunity to not only learn about how God wants to speak to them because he loves them, but also to experience it and grow in confidence. Our prayer is that this will lead to a lifetime of living in communion with the voice of their Heavenly Father.
Christian Dunn

Christian and his wife Mandy live with their four amazing kids in Pennsylvania. He is one of the pastors at The Barn Vineyard Church in PA, and has led the youth group for over twenty years. He is currently serving as the National Youth Leader for VUSA, and as the East Region Youth Task Force Leader. He is the author of “Finding the One: How Dating Prepares You For Marriage” and is excited about imparting to young people a passion for following Jesus, discovering their gifts, and pursuing their ministry callings.

This curriculum is designed to be used in 1 of 2 ways:

  • You can download the PDF and teach it on your own
  • You can use the PDF as a leaders guide, and use the videos above for the actual teaching. They cover the same material.

 

Lessons in This Booklet
Lesson #1 – Is That You God?
Lesson #2 – The Basics
Lesson #3 – The Five Step Prayer Model
Lesson #4 – Taking Risks For Jesus

Hello.  I am a pastor in Delaware, OH and I just wanted you to know how much we have thoroughly enjoyed the curriculum you guys have put together.  It is great material with lots of Vineyard DNA in it and is laid out in a very accessible way.  It has made it much easier to raise up teachers and I hope you do more of them!  Thanks!
Julie Morgan

 

Hello everyone! My husband (Anthony Rodriguez) and I lead the Jr High ministry at Vineyard Pomona, CA and we were asked to share a quick review/testimony of the “Hearing God’s Voice” curriculum. If you’ve never done a comprehensive teaching on hearing God’s voice with your youth, I highly recommend this one written by Christian Dunn. We had done scattered teachings here and there with our jr highers. But investing in hearing God’s voice in different ways, for several weeks, left a lasting impact. We started with a group of 11-14 year old’s who knew that God still speaks today, but unsure of how it looks like. By the end of this series, students were praying for one another giving each other words of wisdom and knowledge, and pictures!

The great thing about this curriculum is that it’s sectioned off into different pieces. There were weeks where we left off certain sections in order to focus on others, and it still made a significant impact. I also want to emphasize that it’s important to foster a safe environment for the students to practice hearing God’s. We encouraged them that “if you’re not sure if it’s God, go for it anyway and say ‘I think I’m hearing ___ from God. Does that make sense to you’”. This provided a safe environment for them to take risks and they were so encouraged to see when their words were accurate!

Sorry, I don’t mean to be long-winded, but I definitely wanted to highlight this resource for you all!
Karina Rodriguez

 

I just read the first teaching of “hearing God’s voice” from the curriculum vineyard youth usa put out. It’s so good! I feel encouraged and enabled as a leader through it.
Melissa Lee

 

The Inverness Vineyard in Birmingham AL has used it, and we had 2 weeks of doing the stuff after teaching it to allow everyone to interact. We had the Sr. high lead groups with the younger students in practicing the 5 steps on each other. We tweeted the teaching as needed, but the material provided took the pressure off of creating an outline from scratch.
Stephanie Jason Richardson

 

I’m late to this conversation but we used this series in October with our middle schoolers, which was awesome because it led right up to our Fall Conference on Miracle Work, featuring Jordan Seng. Doing the series helped build understanding and expectation of kingdom work with our 5th-8th graders, and about 15 of them actually volunteered to serve at the adult conference, as well as participate and take part in the ministry times.
Stephanie Fosnight Regester

The Kingdom and You

 

In the Vineyard we see the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God as core to who we are. It is foundational to all that we believe. Reality is that the topic of ‘the Kingdom of God’ can seem abstract, and may be hard to understand how it affects everyday life, for younger students. In this set of lessons, our hope is to give pre and early teens an opportunity to learn about the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God through sets discussions and activities that will help students both learn about and experience the kingdom by way of the parable of the soil from Matthew 13.

Scott Mailhot

Scott lives in New Hampshire with his wife Deb and his daughters.  He has served in children and youth ministry for twenty years.  Scott is one of the elders at Manchester Vineyard in NH; and with his wife are the current overseers of the youth and children ministries in Manchester.

This curriculum is designed to be used as much or as little as you want to use it.

  • You can download the PDF and teach it as written.
  • Or use it as a guide to create your own content. Either way works!

Lessons in This Booklet
Introduction to the Parables of Jesus
Lesson #1 – The Path
Lesson #2 – The Rocks
Lesson #3 – The Thorns
Lesson #4 – The Good Soil