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Questions in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Questions in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneTeach One Reach One Ministries provides lots of free resources on the best questions to ask your students. What we probably haven’t shared nearly enough is our thoughts on the questions your students may ask you.

Some people are terrified of teaching Bible classes for teens and even kids, because they are afraid they won’t be able to handle student questions. Others may do things to almost discourage students from asking questions, or basically ignore them when asked.

It may not seem like it’s important to handle student questions well. Unfortunately, we are losing many young people for that very reason. They may not actually say that’s why they are leaving God and the Church, but if you read between the lines this is what they are communicating.

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Quick Start Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Quick Start Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

It’s Sunday morning. It’s time for Bible classes to start. Yet, it can be fifteen minutes before you have even half of your students in the room. If you wait until everyone enters the classroom, you may have fifteen minutes or less of actual teaching time.

On the other hand, if you start when there are only a couple of students there, you may spend the rest of class trying to get late arrivals up-to-speed with what is happening. Valuable class time is wasted with you having to constantly repeat yourself.

Clearly neither solution is ideal. What, if anything, can you do to get your students in the room quickly? How can you arrange your class so you are using every minute wisely? There are several things you can do, but these are our favorites.

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Teaching Kids and Teens the Basics of Sharing Their Faith With Others

Teaching Kids and Teens the Basics of Sharing Their Faith With Others - Teach One Reach OneIt’s always interesting to me to find out how terrified most Christians are of sharing their faith with others. It’s not so much they are afraid of rejection – although I’m sure that’s a factor.

If you talk to them long enough though, you realize the main problem is they have no idea what to say or do to share their faith. The best they can do is live their life and hope people will eventually visit their Church.

The sad thing is, I believe we have made it more difficult than it needs to be. Look through Acts. It appears that often just minutes of teaching convinced people of their need to be baptized and become Christians.

In fact, I believe you can teach older kids and teens how to share their faith fairly easily. Yes, they will need practice to become truly comfortable, but understanding what most people need to hear and that they can share that information easily will help.

So here are the basics your students need to feel comfortable saying to others in order to share their faith:

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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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Teaching Kids and Teens Obscure Bible Stories

Teaching Kids and Teens Obscure Bible Stories - Teach One Reach OneDid you realize most purchased literature for Bible classes for kids only covers 30-40 Bible stories over the entire time a child in your ministry will be taught from it? Or that most children in faith based tutoring programs or on the mission field are exposed to even fewer Bible stories?

Do you know how many Bible stories there are in the Bible? Over 200! Children and teens who depend upon churches and ministries for their Bible education are getting less than 20% exposure to the stories in the Bible and less than 5-10% exposure to the rest of the scriptures. No wonder they have such a difficult time living their faith. They don’t know have a full picture of what that means!

As a ministry leader or teacher, you can make a difference. There are lots of ways to make sure your students are at least exposed to more of those Bible stories. After all, we have to assume God put those particular accounts into the Bible for important reasons. You can also do things to make sure your students have experienced more of great Bible books like Proverbs, Psalms, the Epistles and others rarely even mentioned in Bible classes for kids and teens.

Here are some of my favorite ways to make sure young people have a much broader exposure to all of that great material God placed in the Bible.

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