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A Vision for Teaching Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

A Vision for Teaching Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneAre you a visual learner? Do you like seeing the big picture before someone starts giving you all of the details? Can you picture things when people begin describing them to you? For many of us, having a visual of a concept or a plan helps us remember where we are headed. It helps us recall our purpose and our goals. It can even motivate us when the every day issues of striving towards a goal become exhausting.

This summer someone introduced me to what I think is a wonderful vision for teaching the Bible to kids and teens. It’s found in Psalm 1.

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Mentoring Your Students’ Parents

Mentoring Your Students' Parents - Teach One Reach OneIf you have been a volunteer teacher in Bible classes for children or teens for very long, you have probably realized there are a lot of parents in the world who are struggling. They aren’t really sure what to do. They aren’t sure to whom they should go for godly parenting advice. They may not openly admit it, but most days they feel like they are drowning with no hope in sight.

Whether or not you yourself are an experienced parent, you can help the parents of your students. I realize you may hesitate thinking, “Who am I to try and tell them how to parent?” But that’s what most people don’t realize about mentoring, it’s really not about whether you are a perfect parent yourself. Here are some truths about mentoring the parents of your students.

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Free Training Resources for Volunteers Teaching Bible Classes to Kids and Teens

Free Training Resources for Volunteers Teaching Bible Classes to Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneOften churches, ministries and mission fields do little, if any, volunteer training. Many believe it is difficult enough to recruit volunteers and if you require extra time from them for training, they will leave. Yet, what many leaders don’t realize is they could often have more volunteers and more effective ministries if they provided regular volunteer training.

Our philosophy at Teach One Reach One is that reaching our kids and teens for God (and their parents) is the most important work any Christian can do. We make it a priority to provide as many high quality, free resources to you as we possibly can. We add new resources regularly, so if you can’t find what you need or want on the list below, contact us and we will do what we can to help you.

If you take a look around our website, you can find the following free resources both for training and your ministry:

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Bible Stories for Special Themes in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Bible Stories for Special Themes in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

There are times when you may need or want to have a Bible class for kids or teens on a particular theme. Maybe you are substituting and there isn’t any literature. Perhaps your students need or want some study on a particular topic. Maybe you have a girls only or guys only Bible study. Whatever the reason, you may be scrambling quickly and drawing a blank on what Bible stories would work.

There are probably as many options as there are Bible stories. (Be aware, some children are not mature enough for a few of these stories.) Here are some that should give you a good start:

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Mindfulness in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Mindfulness in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneIf you keep up with trends in society or education, you may have heard about “mindfulness”. For those of you who were kids during the 70’s, you may have associated it with meditation or yoga and many proponents do suggest them as a way to practice mindfulness. As a Bible class teacher though, you may wonder whether disciplines often associated with religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism have a place in Bible classes for kids and teens.

Thankfully, modern researchers have included Christian disciplines in some of their research. Studies show prayer, reflecting on scripture and fasting (which usually incorporates highly focused prayer and scripture reflection), produce the same benefits as meditation and yoga. (Meditation is actually also a Christian discipline. See Psalm 1:2, Philippians 4:8 and others for more details.)

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