Student ministers work in extremes. Either too much discussion or crickets. Youth leaders love engaging their listeners, but there's a balance to run an effective class.
Here are three teaching tips to help youth teachers keep teenagers' attention:
1). Never read from the book. You can read from the Bible, but not the study book. If you're reading the study book, the teens are thinking, "He didn't prepare."
2). Never teach with a PowerPoint. If you ever use a PowerPoint, the teenagers are thinking, "If he uploaded the PowerPoint online, I could read it myself on my on time." PowerPoints turn preachers into teachers. They should be banned from all churches. Boring, Boring, Boring.
3). Never use handouts. Teenagers don't want to walk into youth group and receive a copy machined handout. They want their youth leader to teach with passion, real-life stories and appropriate humor - bring the Bible alive. If you hand out anything, hand them a Bible. Teens have been sitting in class at school for seven hours, don't make youth group hour eight.