Upside Down
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By Chad Monahan and Kurt Johnston

Stories can entertain and amuse. Stories can enlighten and inform. But in the hands of Jesus, stories can turn lives upside down.

That’s what junior highers will discover as youth workers lead them through Upside Down. This video-based, conversation-driven series can be a powerful tool for turning students' worlds upside down--and for helping them see that upside down is way better than right-side up.

Jesus’ parables were earthly stories with a heavenly meaning, and one reason they remain so powerful today is because of how Jesus surprised his audience--and surprises us. We think we know the story's point and how things will resolve--but then Jesus flips things upside down. It isn’t what we expected.

Each week, middle schoolers will discuss the dynamic truths wrapped up inside Jesus’ parables--including parables that students may have never heard:

  • Lesson 1: Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector (14:12)
  • Lesson 2: Parable of the Vineyard Workers (14:39)
  • Lesson 3: Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (15:01)
  • Lesson 4: Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (13:32)

In addition to the video teachings, the curriculum also includes discussion guides, promotional materials, and other helpful materials. And all of the resources are editable and reproducible.

Offer junior highers a glimpse into how God sees things. Exploring these parables will help students discover how God’s ways are so much better than our ways--always!

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4 DVD lessons by Chad Monahan & Kurt Johnston

Chad Monahan is senior director of junior high programming at Christ in Youth based in Joplin, Missouri. He has been in youth ministry for more than 13 years serving at churches in Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Chad is passionate about helping junior high students hear Christ's call on their lives to be Kingdom workers. Chad and his wife Katy and their three boys live in Southwest Missouri.

Kurt Johnston has been in youth ministry since 1988 and currently leads the student ministry team at Saddleback Church in Orange County, California. His ministry of choice is the junior high department, where he tries to spend approximately 87.4% of his time. Kurt and his wife, Rachel, have been married for a long time and have two teenage children, Kayla and Cole.

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