Culture is growing increasingly complex for students to navigate as followers of Jesus. We all want to help. That’s what being a youth group leader is all about! But what if the change in culture demands a change in youth group curriculum strategy?
G Shades’ teaching strategy isn’t just a good alternative. It’s a necessary shift. Here’s why we think so.
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Founder | Mike Haynes
Mike has led youth groups for nearly a decade. He currently serves on staff at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, Virginia. In addition to founding G Shades, Mike has written for Orange Students Curriculum, Grow Curriculum, and the DYM Store. He and his wife Anna have 3 beautiful kids named Aiden, Liliana, and Kyra. For kicks and giggles, Mike likes to watch Dragonball Z, lose in NFL fantasy football, and cheer for the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike has spent the last few years teaching the students in his youth group to see through G Shades, and he loves being able to share this unique curriculum strategy with the rest of the youth ministry community!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does G Shades cater to Generation Z?
Gen Z is the first post-Christian generation in our nation’s history. That means they are the first generation likely to walk into our youth groups as blank slates when it comes to Christianity. That’s a good thing. It allows us the chance to start fresh and focus only on what really matters. Because Generation Z is growing up in a culture not too unlike the one the Early Church began in, our best bet at influencing them is to do what Paul and the other Apostles did back in the 1st century: stay laser-focused on the life-giving implications of the gospel. The Church flourished back then, and it will flourish again when we lead the next generation to see life through the same lens Paul did.
Does this teaching strategy limit the topics I can teach on in my youth ministry?
No! Since the gospel infiltrates every aspect of life, there are very few topics that can’t be taught on from a gospel lens. We plan to create series that help students see everything from sexuality, race relations, purpose, friendship, identity, mental health, and even politics (no, we’re not going to take sides) through the lens of the gospel! In the Good News, we discover how to navigate any and everything!
What denominational affiliation does G Shades have?
G Shades is nondenominational in affiliation. If our writers sat down in a room to talk theology, there would be a lot we don't completely agree on. But our organization is committed to keeping the main thing the main thing--the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to offer a gospel lens on difficult, complex realities without choosing sides!
I’m subscribed to a different curriculum. Should I stop using my other curriculum?
If you feel like that’s the right move for your youth group, go for it! But it’s not our heart to compete with other organizations. While G Shades approaches curriculum differently, we do so in an effort to link arms with other organizations who are also helping the Church. Part of the reason we deliver our curriculum flexibly rather than via 12 month subscription is that it allows you to substitute a series here and there if you’re working with another curriculum.
Our church has a limited budget. What can I do?
We totally get it. And we want to support churches with limited budget capacity! Money is NOT a good reason for any youth group’s students to not be equipped to see life through G Shades. So we’ll do our very best to make sure money isn’t a limitation. Fill out the contact form below and let’s begin a conversation on how to make it happen! We’re on your team!