1. Study the Bible with your students.- You need to have specific times in your ministry where your students dig into the word of God with you or a leader. As part of this you can use a curriculum that you know to be biblically sound or you can just study scripture without a curriculum to guide you. But you need to make sure that your students are digging into the word in your ministry so that you know they are getting fed at least once a week spiritually and so that they can clearly see how important studying the Bible is.
2. Hold them accountable to study the Bible on their own.- Once a week Bible study is helpful but is not enough. Your students need to be in the word everyday. So you and your leaders need to hold them accountable to do so. This could be simply asking them or you could shoot them a text message or wall post to remind them. You could even give them a challenge to accomplish in study during the week that helps them have something to report back to you. But regardless, make sure that you are seeing to it that your students are in the word throughout the week.
3. Have them live out what they read.- I grew up in church most of my life but never read in James that we are to be doers of the word and not just hearers until I was 19 years old. This was a huge light bulb moment for me. Not only that, but once I started to live my faith out the Bible became more clear to me, it was more exciting to study, and I never wanted to turn to anything else again. You need to not only challenge students to live out what they read in their daily lives but also give them specific opportunities to do so. This way scripture comes alive to them and they take ownership of their faith.
The Bible is our guide for life so you need to make sure it is a huge part of your youth ministry. Whether it is in specific times of study or just in playing games, always look for ways to share truth with students from the Bible that can change their lives.