I always start a group the same way–with what I call a life exposure question. The life exposure question does not have to do with the Bible; it has to do with life. It opens the window of each person’s life and lets us peer in. Here are some examples from some recent lessons I [...]
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Note: Howard Hendricks went to be with the Lord on Feb 20, 2013. This is part of a series of articles published in his honor. The number one problem in education today is the failure to motivate learners … to get them off the dime and into action. The longer I teach, the more convinced I am [...]
If you are faithful to God, you will be faithful to your students and your church. Being faithful means that you are true to your word. It means that you are doing what you said you would do. When you signed on to be a part of your church’s leadership team in children’s ministry, you [...]
Do you think you know all you need to know concerning children’s ministry? Do you suspect you know enough? Even if it were possible for us to read every book ever written and listen to every sermon/talk ever given on children’s ministry, we would need to go back and start all over again once we [...]
Over and over again, I remind my Education Staff of this principle: The secret to success is the involvement of people. This is true with the Little League baseball organization, the PTA, the civic club, politics; and it is certainly true of Sunday School. Sunday School puts more people to work in the church than any other [...]
A good Bible Study leader has a sense of the pace of the class. She varies the pace—sometimes fast; sometimes slow. A good Bible Study leader is like a good movie director. We need a change of pace. Fast, action, blow-stuff-up movies occasionally slow down. Sappy girl-friend movie occasionally have a good chase scene. OK, [...]
How do you feel about the Bible Study lessons you are using? If you absolutely love them, this site is not for you. If you are crazy about your lessons, feel free to move on. I have asked this question a number of times when teaching Bible Study leaders: How many times has your life [...]
Effective Bible Study teachers know the skillful use of silence. They know when to ask a question and shut up. They are not afraid of silence. They welcome it. Life change often happens in silence. It happens when no one is talking. It happens when the student has time to think. We are transformed by [...]
Sunday School teacher not there just to teach Sunday School Lessons. They are pastors of micro-churches. Consider these words by my friend Allan Taylor.
We did not know whether to laugh or cry when we were told of a Sunday school teacher who, after an hour of excellent instruction on this latter parable in which he had thoroughly explained the abuses of Pharisaism, concluded in prayer—in all seriousness: “Thank you, Lord, that we are not like the Pharisee in [...]
Josh Hunt believes in the power of the small group ministry in your church. And, his belief is contagious. In his new book, Make Your Group Grow, Josh presents sound application to easy to understand research that will benefit every size and style of church. Your groups and leadership will benefit from this book.
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