Tim put a lot of thought into the guide and crafted a wonderful structure that offers youth group leaders a way to introduce the theme of each episode prior to the youth group meeting even starting!
While the kids gather he offers suggestions on how to engage the youth in such a way that illuminates the subject covered in the episode to be viewed that evening.
For example, in our first episode called Judgment Day, Burke suggests separating the youth using some arbitrary trait, such as hair color or eye color or what have you. Treat one group better than the other. Give them a simple and harmless example of the effects of judgment.
He follows up this opening with a Large Discussion section where the youth group leader heads a conversation about what had just occurred, such as what it felt like to be judged and, for the other group, what it felt like to be treated as a favorite.
Next is the Proclaim section where the group watches the episode for the evening. The kids discuss what happens in the episode and what readings in the Bible offer insight as to how we are to behave as disciples of Christ.
This is followed by a Small Group Discussion where the kids delve deeper into the subject matter in more intimate groups, then a Large Group Discussion where the kids share what they learned from each other.
The Bible Study Guide ends with a suggestion on how to end the meeting by challenging the children to take what they have learned into their daily lives, turning their understanding of the faith into actually living the faith.
Great stuff and all of the kudos belong to Tim!
If you lead a youth group or have a child attending a youth group at church, please pass this wonderful teaching opportunity on to your youth group leader.