Preparing a Talk for High School Students

Episode 28 · June 19th, 2019 · 30 mins 35 secs

About this Episode

Public speaking to teens: a favorite pastime of … no one. But somebody has to do it, and with some prayer and preparation, your talk can be a great opportunity to change hearts and minds—just look at the fruits that come from Steubenville Conferences.

Dave “Father of Wildlings” VanVickle and I go over how to prepare a talk for high school students that will bring the house down.

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Snippet from the Show
“Christ is the one who destroys the walls of hostility that we keep building up. Every new barrier we put up, Christ is the one who tears them down. God is pursuing us.”

How to prepare a talk for high schoolers

  • Select a piece of Scripture: The Word of God is the only thing that gives real clarity in the world.
  • Be yourself: teens appreciate authenticity
  • Speak to their experience.

5 Practical Tips

  1. Find three narratives where Jesus pursues (or talks about) going after someone outside and brings them in. Write down your thoughts and observations.
  2. Take a half page and try to write a tract that you think would be compelling to bring someone to the Lord.
  3. Ask someone in your life to pray for you and your call to evangelize.
  4. Reach out to someone in your life and compliment them on some part of their life.
  5. Pray for the RCIA team and the adults to be baptized in your parish.

Resources from the Show
The Great Adventure Bible
Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation - Fr Josh Johnson
Ascension’s soon-to-be-released program for evangelization, The 99, at

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