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The Mentoring Connection for Bible Class Teachers of Kids and Teens

The Mentoring Connection for Bible Class Teachers of Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneOne of the best ways to extend your godly influence as a Bible class teacher of kids or teens is to begin mentoring them outside of class as well. As you become more involved in the lives of your students (something we highly recommend), you may also find yourself mentoring parents of your students.

Whether it’s answering an occasional question or a request for ongoing mentoring, many Christians are afraid of mentoring others. In our culture, it seems somehow bossy or judgmental. After all, we aren’t perfect ourselves and often feel like we still need mentoring.

That’s the point of scriptures like Titus 2. Notice the author never mentions specific ages. I can’t prove it, but my guess is it’s because no matter your age, you are usually older than others in your church. You have learned from scripture and life experiences ways that can help others navigate that same path more easily and in godly ways. Mentoring isn’t about judging or controlling someone else. It’s following God’s command in Titus 2 to share what we have learned with those coming behind us – helping them avoid pitfalls and sin.

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Best Summer Reading For Christians Serving Kids and Teens

Best Summer Reading For Christians Serving Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneSummer is finally here – more or less! Hopefully, you will have some vacation time or just a few “lazy” afternoons or evenings. Why not read a book that will help you be a better volunteer serving kids and teens as you teach them about God? Our list of favorites includes books on educational best practices, empathy building, leadership and more. Enjoy!

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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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Could This Be A Better Way For Kids and Teens to Study the Bible?

Could This Be A Better Way For Kids and Teens to Study the Bible? - Teach One Reach OneRecently, I saw an ad for a series of Christian books. Each contained several books of the Bible and used the NIrV translation (which I believe is one of the better choices for kids and many teens). The one I chose to purchase contained the books of prophecy from the Old Testament – The Prophets:Books of the Old Testament for Kids.

This way of presenting the Bible is unique, without changing scripture. Perhaps the most interesting choice is to go back to the original style and omit chapters and verses. (Chapter and verse numbers were not added until the 1500’s.) At first, I thought it might be confusing. After actually seeing it in person though, I have to admit I rather enjoy it. They do put a little squiggle between certain passages, and longer books are often divided into parts – arguably close to the chapter idea. There are less of them though and they tend to keep large thoughts together instead of breaking them up as some chapters tend to do.

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Helpful Resource for Transitioning Bible Class Students to Independent Bible Reading

Helpful Resource for Transitioning Bible Class Students to Independent Bible Reading - Parenting Like HannahOne of our goals at Teach One Reach One is to encourage young people of all ages to become independent Bible readers. Reading the Bible for themselves can help your students know what God wants for them and from them, encourage them to live a godly life and make God their top priority, give them the tools to make godly choices and even protect them from false teachings.

We regularly have posts and share resources to help you encourage your students to read their Bibles outside of your class. Recently, someone suggested I review a resource they had found helpful to their students. Halley’s Bible Handbook for Kids by Dr. Henry Halley and Jean Syswerda is a Bible guide to help young people better understand what they are reading in the Bible.

For those of you familiar with the adult version of Halley’s Bible Handbook, it was created by the same general team (Halley actually died in 1965). Although organized in a similar fashion, the information itself is weighted more heavily to summary in the kid’s version than the cultural and archaeological information which made the adult version a reference staple.

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