Welcome to the Group Leader/Facilitator portion of ASK! It is our prayer that this curriculum helps grow your group closer to Christ.
Discussions – Creating an Environment to ASK Questions
ASK was intentionally designed to be interactive. That means the facilitator/group leader must introduce the session topic in class, help inspire conversations based on the questions provided, and use different multimedia tools (DVD videos, SMS polling, PowerPoint and Keynote presentations) to create a dynamic learning atmosphere.
Why do we place so much emphasis on interaction? Why not just play a DVD for 45 minutes? In the book Soul Searching, Christian Smith’s observations gleaned from the National Study for Youth and Religion (NSYR) show:
- Religious educators need to work hard on articulation
- Youth are comfortable talking about God but not Jesus
- Teens need to practice talking about their faith
- Articulation fosters reality
The facilitator/group leader is to help carry and focus the class conversations around the session topic. We want to help develop the student’s ability to think critically. We do not expect a facilitator to have all of the answers. Actually, we expect a facilitator to learn with the class and model how to gracefully find answers when don’t know.
The ASK curriculum is comprised of four modules (origin, meaning, morality, and destiny) each with four sessions, or sixteen total sessions.
Encouraging Critical Thinking at a Worldview Level
Watch Ravi Zacharias give a definition of worldview and how it relates to this curriculum.
In an interview with the Washington Times in 2003, Ravi said:
I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around. Everyone: pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist has to answer these questions: Where did I come from? What is life’s meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die? Those are the fulcrum points of our existence. I deal with cultural issues whether they be in the Middle East, Far East, the Orient or the West. You broach questions in the context of their culture and then present Christian answers.
The ASK curriculum is designed to be taught in the following order:
Origin – Where do we come from?
Meaning – Why are we here?
Morality – What’s right and what’s wrong?
Destiny – Where are we going?
These four modules — origin, meaning, morality, and destiny — and their corresponding questions are the building blocks of Ravi Zacharias’s four-fold test for a coherent worldview.
These four questions must be answered in two ways:
They must correspond to truth – by either empirical or logical reasoning.
Coherence – one answer to a question must not contradict the other.
RZIM firmly believes the Judeo-Christian worldview is the only worldview which stands up to these tests and provides corresponding answers that are truthful and coherent answers that stand the test of time.
Ravi Zacharias was at Clemson University in the spring of 2012. In this video you can see him summarize the four-fold test for a coherent worldview and test other belief systems as well:
Feedback – The Key to Making ASK Work
RZIM has created this website to create a youth apologetics community. We want your feedback about this curriculum! Is there something you need we haven’t provided? Is there a module that you’d like to see? Are there additional resources we can provide from RZIM to you the group leader?
Please send your specific ideas to [email protected]. We will be listening and continually improving this curriculum.