Author Archive | Thereasa Winnett

Questions in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Questions in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneTeach One Reach One Ministries provides lots of free resources on the best questions to ask your students. What we probably haven’t shared nearly enough is our thoughts on the questions your students may ask you.

Some people are terrified of teaching Bible classes for teens and even kids, because they are afraid they won’t be able to handle student questions. Others may do things to almost discourage students from asking questions, or basically ignore them when asked.

It may not seem like it’s important to handle student questions well. Unfortunately, we are losing many young people for that very reason. They may not actually say that’s why they are leaving God and the Church, but if you read between the lines this is what they are communicating.

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Great Resource for Understanding How Children Learn

Great Resource for Understanding How Children Learn - Teach One Reach OneHelping children and teens understand the Bible and what God wants them to do with the commands and principles in it are crucial tasks of Bible class volunteer teachers. Yet, we do little to train them on how children learn best. It’s important to understand the human brain and what we can do to insure our young people are not only learning, but also retaining and using the information we teach them from the Bible.

Most of the books I suggest you read are meant for consumers. They are helpful, but not particularly difficult to read or understand. Today, I really want to encourage you to read what is basically a college textbook. While it may be a little more dry and complex than our normal suggestions, the information in it is crucial for Christian teachers to consider.

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Dealing With Unhappy Parents in Ministry to Children and Teens

Dealing With Unhappy Parents in Ministry to Children and Teens - Teach One Reach OneIt usually starts out like a murmur. Perhaps you hear rumors a particular parent isn’t happy with something you said or did. Maybe you see a post about it on social media. Or a parent who used to be warm and friendly, suddenly seems to be avoiding you. On rare occasions, a parent will actually come talk to you about their complaint.

What happens next is critical. Handled well, it can be a positive experience for the parent, you, the student and your ministry. Handled poorly…well we’ve all seen examples of those disasters.

So, what should you do if you suspect a parent is unhappy or posts something negative about you or your ministry? What if the criticism is undeserved or even totally misinformed? What if the person is spreading rumors or making it personal?

Every situation and every unhappy person is different. Taking the basic principles of the Bible and combining them with good customer service techniques, can help make the situation as positive as possible. Before you do anything though, pray about it. Keep praying until you feel the situation has resolved and your relationship with the parent is restored. Then:

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Quick Start Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Quick Start Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

It’s Sunday morning. It’s time for Bible classes to start. Yet, it can be fifteen minutes before you have even half of your students in the room. If you wait until everyone enters the classroom, you may have fifteen minutes or less of actual teaching time.

On the other hand, if you start when there are only a couple of students there, you may spend the rest of class trying to get late arrivals up-to-speed with what is happening. Valuable class time is wasted with you having to constantly repeat yourself.

Clearly neither solution is ideal. What, if anything, can you do to get your students in the room quickly? How can you arrange your class so you are using every minute wisely? There are several things you can do, but these are our favorites.

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Teaching Kids and Teens the Basics of Sharing Their Faith With Others

Teaching Kids and Teens the Basics of Sharing Their Faith With Others - Teach One Reach OneIt’s always interesting to me to find out how terrified most Christians are of sharing their faith with others. It’s not so much they are afraid of rejection – although I’m sure that’s a factor.

If you talk to them long enough though, you realize the main problem is they have no idea what to say or do to share their faith. The best they can do is live their life and hope people will eventually visit their Church.

The sad thing is, I believe we have made it more difficult than it needs to be. Look through Acts. It appears that often just minutes of teaching convinced people of their need to be baptized and become Christians.

In fact, I believe you can teach older kids and teens how to share their faith fairly easily. Yes, they will need practice to become truly comfortable, but understanding what most people need to hear and that they can share that information easily will help.

So here are the basics your students need to feel comfortable saying to others in order to share their faith:

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