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Are Your Bible Classes for Kids and Teens Missing This Crucial Element?

Are Your Bible Classes for Kids and Teens Missing This Crucial Element? - Teach One Reach OneYou’ve had a great class. Your students seemed to listen intently while you told the Bible story. They loved the hands-on, meaningful, memorable activity you had planned for them. As the bell rings, your students are so engaged, their parents have to practically drag them out of your room. One important question though. What did they actually learn?

Teachers will tell you that even the best planned lessons can still leave some students with unanswered questions. Others may have totally missed something and leave the classroom with a serious misunderstanding. Many aren’t quite sure what they were supposed to have learned or remembered from the lesson.

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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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Top Tips for Making ALL Bible Class Students Feel Welcomed

Top Tips for Making ALL Bible Class Students Feel Welcomed - Teach One Reach OneDid you ever visit a Sunday School class when you were younger? Whether the experience is positive or negative can have a huge impact on whether or not a child wants to attend Church again. Some children have such scarring experiences, they are still  reluctant to attend church years later as adults.

The really sad part is that the majority of those negative experiences could have been easily avoided with some changes in how things were done where they visited. Every story is different, but here are the comments about scarring experiences we hear the most and the ways you can keep these things from happening to your visitors and students.

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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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Helping Inexperienced Volunteers Become Master Teachers

Helping Inexperienced Volunteers Become Master Teachers - Teach One Reach OneMost ministries and churches depend on volunteers to teach their Bible classes for kids and teens. Sometimes, the volunteers are professional master teachers. Many times though, your volunteers are people who love God and young people. They want to help kids and teens learn about God. They have the best of intentions, but may not have the skills to be as effective as they could be.

Not everyone has the God-given talent to teach, but most volunteers can become effective teachers. With a little extra help, you may even find you have some undiscovered master teachers in your volunteer pool. Unfortunately, most volunteers never reach their true godly potential as teachers. Our young people aren’t getting the best Bible classes in part because we haven’t better prepared our volunteers to be as effective as possible when they teach.

There are a lot of things you can do to help move inexperienced volunteers towards the master Bible teacher level. Here are a few of our favorites:

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