Last week I gave my intern, Zach, an especially difficult lesson that he was to write from scratch and then I would watch him teach (this was the first time for either in a very long time): The Armor of God.
I forgot how difficult that passage was, and last week when I sat down with him to talk about it, I wanted to show him how I taught on it when I was his age. Except it would be a lesson of What Not to Do.
The Armor of God was the first curriculum series I ever wrote. I was 20 at a small Southern Baptist church and only halfway through my youth ministry degree. You can already tell this won’t turn out well.
I am so grateful that this church trusted me to lead their youth group. Really. But I look back at the things “20 year old Heather” did in ministry and LAUGH. This church allowed me the space to us their students as guinea pigs. I’m happy to say that they all have turned out to be functioning young college students, but that’s because they had a really great community to support them.
So, here are 7 things about that series that I did that is kind of silly. I dug through pictures.
1. I took this series and drug it out over 12 weeks. Yep.
2. I creatively had them create “armor” out of things I found in my dorm’s recycling bin.
3. And made them fight.
4. I taught them that the belt of truth was for chastity. So, they created “belts” that covered everything. Look above.
5. I created an armor guy out of poster board and added a piece to him each week. HE hung up in there for the next two years.
notice how I added extra papers on “the armor of God.”
6. I actually wrote on the board “Be prepared for the apocalypse.”
7. This was a good part: I had them take the armor of God and get creative, drawing their own.
The boys drew a riot cop. The girls drew a conductor.
I’m sure that in 5 more years, I’ll laugh at 26-year old Heather. But for now, it’s fun looking at these pictures and remembering how God used a newbie in ministry to create a fun atmosphere and great dialogue with students who were probably smarter than I was. And as I coach newbies in ministry now, I can assure them with history to back me that God can use you even if you get it wrong.