They say feedback is the breakfast of champions. Champions are always looking for feedback and ways they can improve.

Here is another old saying that is not quite right. See if you can figure out what is wrong with it:

Practice makes perfect.

Here is a more perfect saying:

Evaluated practice makes perfect.

We all practice things all the time and don’t get any better at them. It is only when we evaluate and seek to improve that we get better.

Effective Bible Teachers are always evaluating and seeking to improve.

How important is this?

My research indicated about a third of our teachers drop below the bar of being even half-way decent. I am not talking about the bar of being incredible. I am talking about below the bar of half-way decent. Houston, we have a problem.

How many times would you go back to a restaurant where the food was not half-way decent one third of the time? How many times would you stay at a hotel chain where every third time the room was dirty?

Regular evaluation and improvement could move every teacher toward being an Effective Bible Teacher.

Ten questions to evaluate your effectiveness

Here are ten questions you can use to evaluate yourself as a Bible Study Teacher:

  1. What was the level of energy in the room? Were people bored? Did they look sleepy? Did they look at their watches or fiddle with their keys?
  2. Did I provide background information not in the text itself? Did they learn anything? Did they hear anything they have not heard before?
  3. Did I teach for application? Was it clear what I wanted the people to do about what they heard?
  4. Was there participation? Did everyone participate? Did anyone dominate?
  5. Did I reduce the central truth to a pithy, memorable slogan?
  6. Did I include a few good stories?
  7. Did people laugh?
  8. Was there a sense of the Holy Spirit’s presence?
  9. Was I as spiritually prepared as I needed to be? Was I prayed up?
  10. What one thing do I want to do better based on evaluating this week’s lesson?