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October 22, 2009

I am preparing to talk to some teachers about Bible teaching at a conference in a few weeks, and I could use some feedback from people in different congregations on these questions. Plus, if you post responses in the comments, it might be helpful to anyone else who would read this (all 4 of us).

1.   What are the biggest challenges for teaching Bible Classes?

2.   What are the things you have seen effective teachers do? What are some teaching strategies that aren’t effective?

3.   If you could say one thing to encourage a group of teachers, what would it be?

I would love some feedback – thanks in advance! I will keep you posted on the presentation, and I will post some of the material in a few weeks.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2009 9:40 am

    A challenge for me is knowing how much time to leave for discussion. If I plan for lots of discussion, I get a group that doesn’t feel like talking. If I leave little time for discussion, I get a group that is anxious to participate.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

  2. mcgarvey permalink
    October 26, 2009 1:49 pm

    Good questions, Andrew. Here’s my attempt to answer all three questions with one sentence:

    The best teachers I have seen in action have all been persons of integrity, who did their homework well, who respected their students’ hearts and minds, and who urged their students to go where the text leads.

    My perspective, for what it is worth.

    Blog about what you come up with; I’m interested in what you think.

  3. jtgerhardt permalink
    October 26, 2009 4:33 pm

    1. Engaging a group of people who are each coming from different perspectives, dealing with different distractions, and who learn in different ways.

    2. Study hard, change it up, and illustrate effectively.

    3. You have the privilege of connecting people with the transforming power of God’s word. What could be more thrilling?

  4. andrewdphillips permalink
    October 27, 2009 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the feedback – very good stuff. I will be sure to post what comes out of this conference. I’m also hoping to get some recordings of the other classes, especially those dealing with media and teaching. I’ve been trying to explore that area alot lately.

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