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When Bible Classes for Kids Are Cancelled for Weather or Holidays

When Bible Classes for Kids Are Cancelled for Weather or Holidays - Teach One Reach OneWinter can cause all sorts of cancellations of children’s bible classes. Snow and ice, holidays, flu season – you name it – it seems like every other week for several months you either don’t have class or most of your students are missing.

The time you have with your students is limited enough without losing weeks of valuable class time. There probably isn’t much you can do about the weather or holidays. You can however do some things to encourage your students’ parents to spend some time with their kids teaching them about God.

Often parents don’t do much Bible teaching at home, because they have this mistaken belief it’s too hard. Or costs a lot of money. Or requires them to have a degree in Bible.

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What Temple Grandin Taught Me About Fixing What’s Broken in Ministries for Young People

What Temple Grandin Taught Me About Fixing What's Broken in Ministries for Young People - Teach One Reach OneI was blessed with the opportunity to hear Temple Grandin speak this week. Ms. Grandin is quite possibly the most famous person alive on the autism spectrum. Her book Thinking in Pictures and the movie based on it are classics. While I went primarily to hear what she had to say about being more effective when teaching young people on the spectrum, she actually taught something I believe is crucial for everyone involved in ministries serving kids, teens, parents or frankly anyone to learn.

As she talked about her career, she shared one of the reasons she became known as an expert in her field. She showed a graph where a particular industry in her field had only a 30% success rate in their objective (don’t ask!). Within three years, she had managed to help them raise it to a 90% success rate and within thirteen years the industry met their goal 100% of the time.

While many of her innovations in her field changed the industry drastically, she admitted this particular statistic had little if anything to do with her innovations. Instead, she said, it only took making two changes to drastically improve success. Interestingly, those two factors can be repeated in any industry and in our case ministry.

What were those two changes?

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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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Top Tips for Successfully Using Drama in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Easing Drama in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneDrama is a great way to help students learn more from your Bible classes. You may already use drama to make a Bible story come alive or illustrate an application concept. Drama is also a great way to help students develop relationships with their Church family and discover and develop talents God has given them to serve Him.

Unfortunately, if the drama isn’t carefully chosen and executed, it can confuse your students more than it can help them. It can make students dislike coming to church. It can even cement some very inaccurate ideas about what’s in the Bible in young minds.

So what can you do to make sure your dramas are helping students grow? Keeping these basic tips in mind can help.

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Fun Ways to Teach Kids Empathy

Fun Ways to Teach Kids Empathy - Teach One Reach OneOne of the reasons kids can say and do hurtful things to each other is because they have no empathy for the other person. They don’t know how to put themselves in the place of someone else  and realize how hurtful their words and actions could be to them. Or they can’t understand why everyone doesn’t like the same things they do. “Different” to many young people means bad, because what they like is “normal” and therefore great in comparison to anyone who differs from them.

As Christians, it is vital to learn to be empathetic. It falls under the “love others as we love ourselves” command. If young people don’t develop empathy, they won’t love anyone different from them enough to serve them or share their faith with them.

So what are some ways to help your students begin to develop more empathy for others? Here are a few of my favorites.

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