High School CO Electives

RYM High School Colorado Electives

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1. Living at the Pace of Being Known – Greg Meyer

Being seen and known by others is a fundamental human desire.  In today’s world, though, we often live at such a hurried pace that we miss opportunities to see each other and to be known by each other. We often live without a sense of place. We’re filled with great relational longing, but we frequently lack direction and the “know how” when it comes to connecting with each other in our local communities.  We can be absent in the present and feel stuck in this habit. This is frustrating, but the good news is that the gospel of Jesus offers us the promise of change!  In this class, we’ll examine how God seeks to return us to a more humane way of living and a more humane pace of living — so that we might slow down enough to be known and be more present in the ordinary places in which we live. God invites us to move at His slower, better pace — to live at Godspeed.


2. Story Shaped Life Blurb - Joe Deegan
---I’ve heard it said, “If you want someone to know the truth, tell them; if you want someone to love the truth, tell them a story.” As God’s created human beings, there is something within us that responds more deeply to stories than to anything else in the world. The world itself is trying to shape and mold and form us with its own stories—false narratives that lead us away from our Creator. But the Bible is telling us a different story. In fact, the Bible is just that—a story. From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures are giving us one enormous, true, historical, prophetic, poetic, epic story that does way more than just tell us the difference between right and wrong. It’s a story that will shape and mold us into the people God intended us to be if we will let it. This week we’re going to talk about the power of storytelling, the deception beneath the stories that the world is telling us, and the beauty within the greatest story ever told. 


3. Stressed Out! Living in a World of Worry & Anxiety – John Perritt

What’s your typical day filled with? School, homework, tests, sports, and work. What are some of the relationships you deal with? People who make you laugh, people who make you cry, people who make you mad, and people who annoy you. What do you think about during the day? School, sports, movies, girls/boys, money, future, your body, their body, dating, sex, Snapchat, music, Instagram, celebrities, video games and YouTube. How do you feel about your day, your relationships, and your thoughts? On one hand, many of these things can foster thoughts of joy and excitement. On the other hand, many of them might make you want to run and hide. What’s your day filled with? In a word…stress.

Since we live in a sinful world, nothing comes easy. Even the good things in life are hard. In this current cultural climate, middle and high school students are among the most stressed people. Worry, anxiety, and depression among students are the highest in history. But God’s Word speaks to every moment in human history. God, in his sovereignty, wanted you to live in this current time in history. How can you learn to live with the stresses of life? How can you deal with anxiety and worry in a helpful way?  This elective seeks to answer those questions for God’s glory and your good.


4. The Love of God is Like... – Michael Hall

We hear love associated with everything from romance and marriage to cool shoes and sweet bacon. Seems like love can be applied however one wants to whatever one wants. Maybe you’ve struggled to love the way you feel you should. Maybe you’ve been deeply hurt by someone who said they loved you. Maybe you wonder if you really know what being loved is like at all. Love is not an idea. Love is not a feeling. Love is a God thing. God’s love is the biggest, most complete, most perfect and wonderful expression of love in all creation - for God IS love. Because our experience of love is often diluted and misguided, we don’t fully appreciate His love and therefore miss out on the myriad of blessings He offers us in it.  In the Bible God goes to great lengths to profess His love for His people using numerous metaphors and images. Join us for this elective as we consider how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God in Jesus...and in more fully knowing this love that surpasses knowledge, we may be filled with all the fullness of God, enabled to trust Him more confidently in the hard times and celebrate Him more richly in the high times.


5.#fortheboys (Guys Only) – Darrell Jones

Be a Man. Man Up. How much ya bench? These are phrases and questions you’ve all heard, but are they helpful? What do they even mean? What makes a man? Come join the bros as we search Scripture for God’s design for masculinity. You’ll leave with a lot more answers and a little more hair on your face.


6. TULIP: The Joy of Calvinism – Matt Beham

Did Jesus save you, or did Jesus make salvation possible? Did Jesus jump into the water and pull you out, or is he in the business of manufacturing life-vests? Are you secure in your salvation, or liable to falling out of the Father's hands? Does God love you personally, or generally? The "R" of RYM stands for "Reformed," and this class explores the central doctrines of grace of the Reformed Faith. We'll talk about TULIP, the acronym that describes the state of humanity and the Trinitarian work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to save and keep God's people. My hope is that you'll not only find truth in this class but also the joy of your salvation and security you have in God's promise that “he who began a good work in you will surely carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). 


7. Pretender or Contender: How God Nourishes the Souls of His Children – Justin Pillsbury

It’s easy and almost natural to go through the motions. It’s easy to pretend that we have it all together or we can make it work by sheer will.  But the truth is we all know we don’t measure up; we know we fall short. It could be crippling, overwhelming, or exhausting as we realize how short we fall, but the gospel gives the needed instruction on how the Christian life is to be lived.  We have a God who enables us to contend in this life and not just fake it till we make it. 


8. Out of Hiding: Finding God in our Loneliness (Girls Only) – Ashley Wilkinson There are often times in life where we feel so isolated that nothing could pierce the loneliness. Starting a new school when you walk into the cafeteria for the first time… when all your friends seem more concerned with their individual romances than your friendship… when your parents tell you they are getting divorced… when you cannot shake the sadness and anxiety that you wear like a heavy blanket and don't know why… when you lose someone you love… or when you try to pray but it feels like no one is listening or no one cares. “Sometimes what we call ‘loneliness’ is what God’s word calls a longing for unhindered intimacy with Him and others…. You thought you were hiding, but in reality, I was setting you up to meet with Me. That’s what you need. You need an encounter with Me.” In this class we will learn what it means to risk coming out of hiding and the riches of being held by the Lord. Come join me as we search for a personal and intimate encounter with our God in the loneliness


9.My Strange Addiction – Kurt Cooper

Your phone is the last thing you see before you shut your eyes at night. Your phone is the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. Your phone tells you when to get up. It tells you where to go and how to get there. It’s honestly a serious question as to whether you are in charge of it or if it’s in charge of you. How can we take this gift from God and use it in such a way that it doesn’t dominate our every waking moment? Come and find out.


10. Redeeming Relationships: How the Gospel Transforms Our Relationships – Scott Byrd

Do you want to have a better relationship with your mom, dad, brother, sister, friends, enemy, frenemy, teammate, girlfriend, boyfriend, cousin, teacher, dog, or cat? Are you tired of the fights? Tired of the drama? Tired of the shallallallallalloww? In this class we will look at God’s good gift of relationships, why they can be so difficult, and how the gospel transforms them.


11. Youth Leader’s Class – Duffy Robbins (ADULTS ONLY)

Tuesday (Hour 1) - The Princess Bride, Lost Art and the Story of the World: Talking to Teenagers About the Grand Story of the Bible

One of the central components of Christian discipleship is helping our students develop a world-view shaped by the Grand Story of Scripture. Unfortunately, most of them know the Avengers’ better than they know the Redeemer’s Story. This seminar will give you some basic ideas and practical strategies for talking with your students about The Big Story behind every story.

 

Tuesday (Hour 2) - Teaching That Sticks Instead of Teaching That Stinks: Making the Bible Come Alive

Most of us know the frustration of walking into a room full of teenagers thinking you have the “gift of teaching,” and walking out of the room an hour later wondering why God didn’t give any of your students the “gift of listening.”  By exploring some of the basic principles of effective and creative teaching, this seminar will give you some great ideas and some practical strategies for communicating the Word of God.

 

Wednesday (Hour 1) - The Princess Bride, Lost Art and the Story of the World: Talking to Teenagers About the Grand Story of the Bible (Part 2)

One of the central components of Christian discipleship is helping our students develop a world-view shaped by the Grand Story of Scripture. Unfortunately, most of them know the Avengers’ better than they know the Redeemer’s Story. This seminar will give you some basic ideas and practical strategies for talking with your students about The Big Story behind every story.

 

Wednesday (Hour 2) - Teaching That Sticks Instead of Teaching That Stinks: Making the Bible Come Alive (Part 2)

Most of us know the frustration of walking into a room full of teenagers thinking you have the “gift of teaching,” and walking out of the room an hour later wondering why God didn’t give any of your students the “gift of listening.” By exploring some of the basic principles of effective and creative teaching, this seminar will give you some great ideas and some practical strategies for communicating the Word of God.

 

FRIDAY (Hour 1) - Getting Inside Their Heads: Understanding the Teenage Mind.

"Is life so different from when I was thirteen?" What makes the teenage years so tough? This seminar will give you some insight into why teenagers act the way they do...or the way they don't.  We'll look at some of these issues:

  • How is growing up today different from twenty or thirty years ago?
  • What makes adolescence such a perilous journey?
  • What are the three key factors that shape the teenage experience in this second decade of the new millennium?
  • What is adolescent schizophrenia, and how does it affect a teenager?

honestly a serious question as to whether you are in charge of it or if it’s in charge of you. How can we take this gift from God and use it in such a way that it doesn’t dominate our every waking moment? Come and find out.

 

 

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