as well as many other kinds of ministries.
Good Soil E&D can provide training and resources to assist you in your ministry with troubled youth.
Many sincere efforts by caring Christians to reach troubled teens have been misdirected. The problem has not been that at-risk youth don't want God. On the contrary, many troubled young people are disillusioned with society and are actively seeking spiritual answers. In fact, surveys have revealed that the majority of high-risk youth are vastly more spiritually aware than the general population of kids.
There is no more rewarding ministry, than to have the opportunity to minister to hurting kids. Throughout Scripture, God actively seeks out at least five types of people: the poor, the sick, the orphan, the widow, and the imprisoned. On any given evening in a juvenile detention center, you'll likely meet three or four of these. If you want to be where God's heart is, what better place than in our juvenile jails.
In the USA, a youth detention center – sometimes known as a juvenile detention center – is a correctional facility for persons under the age of 18 (with age exceptions in a few states). Juvenile delinquents are temporarily detained in these centers while awaiting hearings in juvenile courts or for specific periods of time determined by their court sentences.
Why do we recommend The Story of Hope for ministry with youth in a correctional facility, such as a juvenile detention center?
64 pages with plastic coil binding (that can be easily removed). Check out the generous quantity prices.
The Story of Hope Workbook - English Version
A time-flexible resource for presenting the Bible’s big redemptive story in as few as fifteen minutes or as long as twenty or more hours. Designed for evangelistic Bible studies, one-on-one or in small groups, but also helpful in teaching God’s redemptive plan to believers. Includes a study of 40 Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) and Bible maps. 64 pages and plastic coil binding. FREE Leader's Guide and FREE Classroom Facilitator Guide available as downloads from this site.
The FREE Leader’s Guide contains 103 professionally-designed pages of answers to the Bible study questions contained in The Story of Hope and suggestions as to how to deal with some of the common questions you may face, as well as many other tips for making your study successful. There is also a FREE Leader’s Guide available for the kid’s edition of The Story of Hope.
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The Way to Joy was designed to teach new believers some of the most essential Biblical truths they need to know and to help them establish basic spiritual disciplines they need to begin to practice, after receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. The study includes these ten lessons:
Bible memory verse cards, as well as a Bible reading and prayer journal are included. Also, The Way to Joy—Kids is available, for use with kids (approximately) 8-12 years old.
64 pages with plastic coil binding (that can be easily removed). Generous quantity prices available.
The FREE Leader’s Guide contains 44 professionally-designed pages to help you lead someone through this discipleship study. Includes answers to all of the Bible study questions in the study as well as lesson plans for all 10 discipleship sessions. Can be used for one-on-one studies or small groups studies. A FREE Leader’s Guide is also available for The Way to Joy – Kids.
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The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals - Set of 105
Set of 105 laminated, double-sided teaching visuals for teaching the Bible's redemptive story, from Genesis through Revelation.
13.5" x 10.75" laminated printed teaching visuals. Key Bible event content on the back, event image on the front. 105 teaching visuals, 50 Old Testament, and 50 New Testament, plus five that work especially for ministry with Muslims. Great for teaching kids (and, adults too!) the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation. Same images and key content as the Chronological Bible Cards—essentially big versions of those pocket-size cards. See below.
ChronoBible Cards: Genesis-Revelation
A complete set of 135 pocket-size cards (4.5" x 3.375") for learning and reviewing the content and chronology of the Bible's Big Story.
Pocket-size cards for learning and reviewing 100 key Bible events as they appear chronologically from Genesis through Revelation. Each Bible event card contains an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Story art collection on the front and key content information on the back. 25 major Bible era cards and 10 Chronological Bridge to Life cards included.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Visuals
Set of 8 laminated teaching visuals focusing on 8 essential truths.
How to Use the ChronoBridge to Life DVD & Card Set
This ten minute video presentation illustrates how to use the Chronological Bridge (ChronoBridge) to Life in presenting God’s story of hope.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Cards
These playing-size cards are designed to be used in presenting the "ChronoBridge to Life" in personal witnessing.
The top ten takeaways from Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training:
Good Soil Basic Seminar
Two Days in May or October
Good Soil Trainer Certification
A Third Day in May or October
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Want to understand more about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship? This is the place to start! NEW Visually Enhanced 2016 Edition - An evangelism and discipleship training narrative that is a scaled-down version of the Good Soil E&D seminar in a narrative format. Full color throughout.
Learning to Share God’s Redemptive Story in a World of Competing Faiths and Cultures
Gaining Ground with Good Soil will acquaint you with the theology of evangelism upon which Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship is built. We call it a “training seminar in a book – in a narrative format.”
You will enjoy the story of a couple of missionaries who are discouraged, but learn some ministry principles from the New Testament that revolutionize their ministries and change their lives. And, as you read their story, you will be learning some valuable concepts that just might revolutionize your ministry with troubled and incarcerated young people. There are also some FREE supplemental downloadable resources that you can download to use in training others on your ministry team.
The Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA (SCI Dallas) is a medium-security prison for adult male felons. SCI Dallas houses more than 2,100 inmates, some 400 of whom are serving life without any possibility of parole.
Ricardo Jackson, a chaplain at SCI Dallas, attended The Roots of Faith courses at ABWE, in order to be equipped to teach the courses to prison inmates. The class sessions were held on Monday evenings.
The class was promoted as an “Exploring the Bible” course. Chaplain Jackson asked some of the men to submit a note or letter, expressing what The Roots of Faith – Old Testament course had meant to them.
The knowledge I have obtained in reading and studying the Old Testament in its entirety, from beginning to end, has been beneficial in furthering my love for God, and faith in his word. In exploring the Old Testament through The Roots of Faith curriculum, I experienced God’s love for his creation, and the purpose he envisioned for us.
I don’t think you could have picked a better study. We started at Genesis, the beginning. I wondered if I had to actually pay for this valuable information – what would it cost? My answer, “Priceless!”
This Bible study class has helped me understand the Bible and God’s love and mercy. And, as well, this Bible study has helped me understand my life in many different ways. The Bible study has really made an impact in my life.
Attending the Bible study on Monday evening has been a great lesson for me. The leader has presented the material in a thorough and insightful way. He has brought the stories of the Old Testament to life, while always relating them back to our core beliefs. I have learned much from this study. The exploring the Bible (The Roots of Faith) course has challenged me to explore the Bible for myself.
Thank you. I enjoy exploring the Bible. I’m still studying the Bible.
I sincerely enjoy The Roots of Faith, exploring the Old Testament study. It is extremely informative. The teachings are deep and thorough. We need more studies like this one. Thank you very much for allowing this study to be a part of our lives. It definitely touches me and gives me a firm foundation in which to base all parts of the Word.
The Roots of Faith – Wow! What a well put together, easy to read study. It is well outlined, full of information and a great foundation to build upon. It is good for babes in Christ, as well as for the mature in Christ. The name says it all – The Roots of Faith. We must have our roots of faith in the truth of the word of God. This series of lessons on the Old Testament is a great starting point, a good building tool to make your foundation sure.
I just wanted to write to explain the importance of the class topic – “The Roots of Faith.” These lessons have been very helpful in my quest to find answers. It has helped me understand the Bible truths and in coming to a truth about the prophets, and our patriarch Abraham.
The Roots of Faith is also suitable for juvenile detention centers, with young people who are serving sentences long enough to participate in 50 or 100 Bible classes.Learn More About The Roots of Faith Bible Courses – And How You Can Be Certified to Teach Them
Good Soil Training and Resource Catalog
This downloadable PDF catalog is a quick reference to the many resources offered here at Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship.
I am excited to use these visuals and guides in teaching the juveniles at the detention center I work in. May God bless your ministry and may it grow for the glory of the God's kingdom! Thank you!
—Mira from Washington State
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