Freebie Friday #128: Free youth group curriculum, “Issues and Answers”

Free youth ministry resources every FridayIn 2004 a man named Roland Boyce, who would later become my sr. pastor, wrote a book for youth groups called, “Issues and Answers.” Today we’re both still serving together, albeit at a different location with different titles, and I still continue to see his heart for teenagers demonstrated in so many ways.

He’s asked me to make all 350+ pages of his work, “Issues and Answers,” available to you for free! This curriculum is intended to be a teaching guide to help youth workers and parents provide biblical answers for some of the tough issues in our society. In the introduction, Rol explains the format as:

“…a topical listing of 47 issues alphabetically, the Biblical background on the issue, the basic conclusions of Biblical teaching surrounding the issue, a statement of the youth’s culture prevailing perspective on the topic, and bibliographical helps for further study plus an interesting bit of trivia to add a little ‘seasoning’ to the subject matter.

The issues covered are:

  • Abortion
  • Alcohol
  • Authority
  • Bible (The)
  • Birth Control
  • Church (The)
  • Cloning
  • Clothes/Fads
  • Counseling
  • Cults/Occult
  • Dancing
  • Dating
  • Death and Dying
  • Death Penalty
  • Depression
  • Devotional Life
  • Discipleship
  • Divorce
  • Drugs
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Euthanasia
  • Food
  • Gambling
  • God
  • Homosexuality
  • Marriage
  • Modern Day Religions
  • Money-(Stewardship)
  • Music
  • M.T.V.
  • Parent-Child Relationships
  • Peer Pressure
  • Pets
  • Politics
  • Pornography
  • Pre-Marital Sex
  • Racism
  • Sabbath/Sunday (The)
  • School
  • Smoking
  • Sports
  • Suicide
  • Swearing
  • Tattoos/(Body Piercing)
  • War
  • Women’s Rights

Obviously, some of the topics are open to a lot of interpretation based on your theological background. I promise Roland Boyce will not take it personally if you disagree with his conclusions on any of these issues!

IMPORTANT: Each lesson has parts that are in different documents. The main lesson is clearly titled as such, but supplemental statistics for each lesson can be found in the “issues and answers stats.doc” document, and a teachable activity/exercise for each lesson along with the lesson’s aim is found in the “Life Labs” document.

ALSO IMPORTANT: Pastor Roland Boyce is providing this to you for free, but he would greatly appreciate hearing your feedback about it, especially if you use it with your groups. Please email him at with your thoughts, recommendations, suggestions and encouragement.

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Posted on June 4, 2009

  • Dave Justis

    Good stuff! I've been looking for something like this for awhile now. You have a great website and ministry through it. Keep up the good work:)

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  • Theresa

    I'm having some trouble downloading this. Is it just me?

    • It's working for me. Try a different browser maybe? I have the download link setup to redirect to the actual file. If your browser isn't setup to follow redirects, it might not work.

  • A. Harpold

    I'm very interested in checking out this book. Currently, you cannot download it as a free resource; that is okay with me, I would like to check it out regardless of if its free or not. Can anyone point me in the right direction? (I've looked into Amazon and Google Books, but to no avail…)

    • It's currently not available because it's in the process of being published. Unfortunately, you'll have to check again in a year or so for the product again. Sorry!

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