common topics


If you’re looking for ideas, or wonder what I talk about so often, here’s a list of topics I often talk about. Most talks are suitable for junior teens upwards.

Schools
Secondary

  • “Welcome Home” – the practical role of a Heavenly Home, earthly homes, secondary homes, and the One who left his heavenly home to make his home in our hearts. How to maximize these homes.
  • Why we hurt each other, and what to do about it (why we don’t do the good we know we should! Good biology, psychology, theology!)
  • Valuing People (why people matter)
  • Heroes (6 criteria)
  • Dare to be Different (handling negative peer pressure)
  • Choices (considerations & blindspots)
  • Real Relationships (more than infatuation)
  • Don’t Kiss the Mirror (coolness & life-enhancing)
  • Ways of Knowing (more than science)
  • Easter
  • Christmas
  • Core Stuff

Primary

  • “Welcome Home” – Celebrating a Heavenly Home, earthly homes, secondary homes, and the One who left his heavenly home to make his home in our hearts. Make yourself at home.
  • The Animal Within, and what to do about it (why we don’t do the good we know we should!)
  • Anger
  • Many other programs with Rob Adams
  • Easter
  • Christmas

Outreach
Life topics

  • Performance Acceptance Treadmill
  • Achievement & Attachment
  • Ahmed Shah
  • Love 101 (camp series)
  • Valuing people
  • Following with Steel & Stars
  • Different Kinds of Doubt
  • My God! It is Alive!

Straight talk (suitable from junior teens up)

  • Core Stuff – real reasons for hope (series for camps +)
  • Join the Dots
  • Dominoes

All-ages together

  • Go God’s Way (talks 1, 2, and 3)
  • Eric the Hairball
  • HMSS Integrity
  • Bee Attitudes (camp series)
  • Transformers: Justice, Mercy, Humbly (camp series)
  • Biblical proportions! (camp series, overviewing entire Bible!)

Churches (& youth)

  • Christ’s ‘Kingdom of God’ vs 5 other stories
  • Christ in the Passover
  • The naked towel man
  • Basic discipling (series includes Core Stuff, but also Baton-passing topics like: prayer, putting off/on, Bible study tools, dream-setting, working, spiritual warfare, witness, fleshing out, heart mind soul strength, temptation, passing it on)
  • Churches I’ve seen (different ways of doing it)
  • Cheers Neighbors Network (6 ‘bones’ of doing church)
  • Christ & Culture (Acts 17)
  • Uniqueness of Christ (in a postmodern world)
  • Learning to See (Missio Dei)
  • Transforming AS you Go
  • Treading on God’s Heels (different ways of approaching God)
  • Community (working from a foundation of belovedness)
  • Gender, God, & emerging mission
  • Suffering
  • Worship as all-of-life
  • Christ in you – the secret of living
  • Christ prays for us! (John 17)

Training

  • Apologetics (how to do)
  • Practical (& non-obnoxious) evangelism
  • Life-Sharing (Luke & Acts)
  • Story-boarding (active learning lesson-planning)
  • Church & Mission (ecclesia word study)
  • Reaching Aussies
  • Basic training for local missios (includes Forge’s paradigms of mission, spirituality, and leadership)
  • Types of “Emerging Church”
  • APEs (the forgotten leadership of Apostles, Prophets, and Evangelists)
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