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Discussing ecstasy with college age students

Discussing ecstasy with college age students.

 

SUMMARY STATEMENT OF THE SESSION

 

To engage students in an open conversation about ecstasy and the dangers associated with its use.

 

 OVERVIEW

The increase use of ecstasy at parties and the rise of the amount of students using, should be addressed during a time of discussion and conversation. This time of discussion will try and open up the students to talk about their experiences or friends that use and how this is an important issue in the ministry to college students. It will also explore some options for a solution and applications.

 

 LEADER PREPARATION

Talk to college students in your ministry and around the campus about ecstasy use on the campus. Make it a subtle interview brought up through conversation. This will give you some depth of insight for leading the discussion

Spend some time researching websites and articles that provide information on ecstasy and its use at parties and colleges. Look specifically for research, but also for testimonies of students. Student.corn provides open forums and opportunities for students to respond to articles posted. This gives an understanding and angle with which users would speak.

Make sure you have a grasp of stats that make the issue hit home. Another site for that could be dancesafe.org.

Try and locate in movies or on TV some sort of example of when this drug would be used to have a physical example of what you are talking about.

 

 GROUP BUILDING

1.      Open the group with some songs that focus the group. Pray before singing and challenge the group to pray that God would soften their hearts to be able to open themselves and talk freely about this issue. (15 minutes)

 

 2.    Ask a few feeler questions to get the group thinking about the subject. For example, "How many of you have ever heard of ecstasy, been around someone using it, or have used it yourself?"

 

 GROUP PRESENTATION

·          Show a clip if you have found a good example. If not, then try and paint an imaginary picture of a club where students might be using this drug.

 

 

 

·          Ask these or similar questions:

 

 

 

·          Do you think that ecstasy and these sorts of drugs are a problem on today's college campuses?

 

 

 

·          Would anyone be willing to share about their experiences with friends or others who have used the drug? Good or Bad?

 

 

 

·          From what you know, is ecstasy bad for you?

 

 

 

GROUP DISCUSSION

Read some of the personal testimonies that you find and then ask questions dealing with the specific testimonies.

 

 1.                      For example, after reading a student's comments saying that they love the drug and can stop at anytime, ask them,    "What  do you think of this person's comments."

 

 2.                      Another question would be, "what would you say to your friend if they said the same thing?"

 

 WRAP-UP

Spend some time here making it clear to all the students that this is an issue that needs to be discussed and dealt with. Read some of the facts and research that you have found on ecstasy. This can really make the subject less abstract and more reality.

 

 EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP

Explain that you are available to talk with anyone who might have struggled with this issue in the past or the present. Open your office so that you can spend some time ministering to these individuals. Follow-up with the students who are using the drug and/or drugs similar to that. It is important to know that many students will not come to you, so try and see if your leadership students can be listening for information about your brothers and sisters who might be struggling. Be willing to go where they are and see what the temptation and the draw of this drug really is.

 

 IMPLICATIONS

Our students are not immune to the effects and the temptations of ecstasy and other party drugs. Knowing the dangers and health risk that accompany this drug, will enhance your ability to discuss this subject with students. Acting like it does not exist will not be fruitful for your ministry, especially when there is a good possibility that the Lord will bring students your way who are struggling with this. The goals of this discussion time are to exegete the issue and make students completely aware of two things: That you know about this issue and that you are available to help.

  

 

Tyler Reagin cCYS