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Evaluating Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Money, Money, Money - Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Teach One Reach OneWhenever you ask someone about the Bible classes for kids and teens in their church, you usually hear how wonderful they are. But are they really? What is the standard for wonderful? Are the kids and teens getting what they need to build strong spiritual foundations and reach their godly potential? Are volunteer teachers doing things that enhance learning or are they creating an atmosphere that makes students want to avoid class?

Even within the same congregation or ministry, you may have one class where kids are learning all sorts of important things from God’s Words in meaningful, hands-on, memorable ways, while others are learning literally nothing. In order to help parents raise their kids to become strong, productive Christians as adults, our ministries must be of a consistently high quality.

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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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Top Tips for Communicating With Parents of Bible Class Students

Top Tips for Communicating With Parents of Bible Class Students - Teach One Reach OneThe most effective Children’s and Youth Ministries are those that have learned how to communicate effectively with the parents of their students. Why? Because great communication can make parents and ministries partners in helping kids and teens develop strong spiritual foundations.

You would think modern technology would make communicating with parents easier. Unfortunately, it has created so much noise many parents aren’t seeing or opening the communications you do send. Your ministry also needs to understand what types of information helps the parents of your students the most in their efforts in Christian parenting.

So what are our favorite tips for communicating with parents?

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Autism in Bible Classes

Special Needs In Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneWith 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 62 children in general diagnosed with autism, chances are you will have one or more students on the spectrum in your class. If you haven’t had much training or experience working with kids with special needs, the thought of teaching a child with autism or any other special need may be intimidating.

There is one truth though you need to understand. Every single child in your class has special needs. God created each one of them to be slightly different from the others – even identical twins. That’s what makes the whole concept of the church as a body with all of its parts working together is so beautiful.

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Are You Using All of Our Free Teach One Reach One Resources?

Are You Using All of Our Free Teach One Reach One Resources? - Teach One Reach OneDo you teach children or teens the Bible? Are you a Sunday school or Bible class teacher? Do you mentor young people? Are you part of a faith-based tutoring ministry? Does your church have a community outreach program for kids, teens or parents?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Teach One Reach One has free resources that can help you be more effective in your ministry. We would love for you to explore our primary Teach One Reach One website. Once you are there, here’s a list of some of the many free resources you can find:

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