Holistic Student Ministry Curriculum

A Teaching Strategy To Produce Gospel-Focused Students

Produce Gospel-Focused Students

In student ministry, we’re all trying to accomplish the same goal: lead students to live a life focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every week we have the opportunity to shape our students’ worldview from the stage. Does your approach to teaching help your students develop a holistic view of Christianity? Or could your teaching strategy be unintentionally leading your students’ toward a broken understanding of Christianity?


Scripture is clear that sin has fractured the way we see the world. We don’t see things as we were created to. That’s a problem. And Jesus explains why in Matthew 6:22-23.

22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

In other words, the root issue of what we do isn’t what we do. It’s how we see. And our students see God, themselves, people, and purpose through a fractured lens. So as youth workers, we work hard (by God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit) to help fix what sin has broken. To that end, many great student ministries develop teaching strategies comprised of helpful, biblically accurate series on PRINCIPLES and PRACTICES found in the Bible. 

But The Problem Is…


When we teach only biblical principles and practices, our students wind up with a fractured understanding of their faith. The teaching strategy of many churches leads students to learn true, but disconnected ideas on love, respect, spiritual disciplines, friendships, influence, identity, etc. Consequently, churches are producing students who…

…know what the Bible says but not how it all fits together

…try to live as Jesus lived without becoming who Jesus was

…know what to do but not how to see (and, as Jesus said, that’s problematic)

Students see through a broken lens. And teaching them from the Bible is indeed the fix. But principles and practices are just parts of Christianity. The best way to fix a fractured worldview is NOT to teach fractured parts of a better worldview. 

At G Shades, We Believe…



It’s fine to have a teaching strategy focused on biblical practices. It’s better to have a teaching strategy focused on the biblical principles behind those practices. But ultimately, a holistic approach to the Bible points to one thing: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The gospel is the foundation, and it ties everything together. It is the why behind every biblical mandate. It is the lens through which Jesus saw the world. When we anchor every principle and practice down to the gospel narrative, the fractured sum of parts become a holistic belief system.

The best way to fix a fractured worldview is to teach students to look at every problem, tension, and question the way Jesus did.

G Shades Student Curriculum is a holistic teaching strategy designed to help you produce gospel-focused students while still teaching helpful, topical series that will hit your students right where they are.

Try Our Curriculum For Free!

This free, downloadable four-part series is the absolute best way to introduce the G Shades teaching strategy to your students! It’s formatted to work well as a retreat theme but can easily be turned into a regular four week series as well!

Our curriculum comes in series sets. The first set is called "G Shades: Base Camp"

What's Included In G Shades: Base Camp?

  • Three 4-Week Series
  • Full Message Manuscripts
  • Small Group Leader Guides
  • Ministry Leader Guides
  • Series Parent Cues
  • 7 Day Student Devotionals every week
  • MAIN & BLANK Graphic Slides
  • Series Bumper Videos
  • “G Shades” Aviator Sunglasses (add-on purchase)

Teaching Series For G Shades: Base Camp

4 Weeks on Seeing God Differently

This series addresses the following question through the filter of the gospel narrative: "Why does God let bad things happen?"

4 Weeks on Seeing Purpose Differently​

When we see dimly, we act immaturely. This series helps students see their gifts and talents through the filter of the New Covenant.​​

4 Weeks on Seeing Yourself Differently

This series addresses students' performance mentality and need to accomplish more by examining what God has done for us in the gospel.​

Bring The Series To Life with G Shades Sunglasses!​

Students love swag. That’s why camp t-shirts are a thing. Student pastors like us love take-home reminders. That’s why WWJD bracelets were a thing. When you add G Shades sunglasses to your purchase, everyone wins!

Your students will love wearing these awesome, aviator-style G Shades as a reminder to see life through the filter of the gospel! You can give them away as take-home reminders, prizes for games, or you can even resell the shades for a few dollars to recoup your investment! Seriously, your students are going to love these.


Author bio

Mike Haynes has been in student ministry for over 8 years. He currently serves on staff at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, Virginia. In addition to founding G Shades, Mike has written for XP3 Middle School Curriculum, XP3 High School Curriculum, Grow Curriculum, and the DYM Store. One of Mike’s favorite parts of student ministry is communicating from the stage, so if you’re interested in having him speak at an upcoming retreat or camp, fill out the contact form below!

He and his wife Anna have 3 beautiful kids named Aiden, Liliana, and Kyra. In his limited free time as a Student Pastor and father of three small children, Mike likes to watch Dragonball Z, lose in NFL fantasy football, and cheer for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mike has spent the last few years teaching his students to see through G Shades, and he’s so excited to share this unique angle on teaching students with the rest of the student ministry community! 

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