To bring teenagers into Gods Word using media technologies, LifeWay recently created a digital Bible study program called fuel: Igniting a New Life with Gods Story.
"Fuel" uses contemporary Christian music, state-of-the-art graphics and video segments that include teenagers giving candid interviews about the topics in each session. Each lesson also features an experienced youth leader who communicates the Bible story at the heart of each session, LifeWay noted.
Johnston, interim director of marketing in the church resources division at LifeWay Christian Resources wrote in an article on the Fuel Web site, When we asked student ministry leaders, we found out that more than 80 percent of them wanted some kind of video component to use for Bible study."
In the last two months, more than 1,000 churches purchased Fuel first volume which was released last July.
Adam York, youth minister of First Baptist Church in Jamestown, Tenn, commented, "Ive never thought they actually heard the Bible study until now. The material is the best Ive seen."
While explaining that Fuel is specifically designed for teenagers which might not fit for adults, Johnson said, "There are segments about skateboarding and other things that students are in to. We wanted to make sure we appealed to the teenagers."
Fuel includes eight volumes. Each volume has 12 sessions presented on two DVDs and three CD-ROMs. Students will learn the Bible in 96 stories over the course of two years.
LifeWays explains, Each session of each volume has three parts: "The Spark" is designed to capture the students attention using themes such as skateboarding and prepare them for the more in-depth material to come; "Fanning the Flame" features straightforward interviews with teens who have a variety of opinions and backgrounds; and "Combustion," the meat of each session, draws on the skills of an experienced youth leader to present the Bible story.
Volume Two will be released Nov. 1, and the other volumes will follow every three months through July 2006.
To view sample materials, request a promo DVD and learn more about "Fuel," visit lifeway.com/Fuel.