How We Read the Bible Workshop

How We Read the Bible Workshop

As much as youth leaders may love the Bible, we often handle it poorly in our ministries. We get stuck in ruts. We worry about “relevance” but fail to see the depth of what’s already there. We wonder:

  • Is there more than one way to read and study the Bible in our youth ministry?
  • How can we engage the Bible so they’ll want to keep reading?
  • What do we do with all of our students’ questions about what we read in the Bible?
  • How can engaging the Bible be a spiritual experience, not just an educational exercise?
  • Plus, the question we’re all asking: What should we do at youth group next week?

This daylong workshop is designed and geared toward youth pastors and volunteers/leaders, but the material is relevant to all pastors and lay leaders. The workshop will provide training on how to bring scripture to life with middle school and high school students.

Drawing from over a dozen years of the Fuller Youth Institute’s research with young people and churches, this resource focuses in on Matt’s own experience reading the Bible firsthand and attempting to teach it to students as a youth pastor.

The workshop will include both presentation and time to determine next steps as a team or alongside other youth pastors.

This book is for anyone who has struggled to know how to open the Bible with young people in large groups, small groups, Sunday school, mentoring relationships, or through camps and retreats.

Start here to refresh the way you read the Bible in your own life and with young people.

Event Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018


  9:00-9:30am: Check in/registration
  9:30-10:45am: Session 1
  10:45-11:00am: Break
  11:00am-12:15pm: Session 2
  12:15-1:00pm: Lunch
  1:00-2:30pm: Session 3
  2:30-2:45pm: Break
  2:45pm-4:15pm: Session 4 or make-up time for content not yet covered
  4:15-4:30pm: Wrap-Up/leave     

Location: Chapel at GENEVA Shores

Program Costs: $55 per person - includes the book, workshop and lunch

Cancellation Fee: $10

Matthew J. Laidlaw is the Dean of Student Life at Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Michigan, and has served for over a decade in church-based pastoral roles ranging from student ministry to executive leadership. Matthew is a student at the Living School for Action and Contemplation, a graduate of Kuyper College (BS) and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (MA), and has lived and studied in the Middle East. Matthew and his wife Stephanie live in West Michigan with their two young children.  

Deadline to register: October 17, 2018 

Questions? Email or call 616.399.3150


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