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True teaching aims at life change.  I can teach an amazing lesson complete with powerpoint and handouts, but if my students haven’t changed, then have I really taught?

Knowing full well that life change is impossible without God’s intervention, there are still some things that we as teachers must do.  I call it the M.I.A. (Missing in Action) as these 3 elements are often missing in our teaching:

  • Modeling — (ME) It starts with me.  The more I change, the more I can influence others to change.  I must become what I want my students to become.  Not a perfect example, but an authentic one.
  • Involvement — (WE) I must get my class involved in the learning process.  I must learn the art of asking good questions and become more of a leader than a lecturer.  Too much of our teaching is entirely too passive.
  • Accountability — (YOU & ME) When I’m done with my lesson, I’m not done.  I must create an intentional plan of action to be done outside the classroom.  Oftentimes, teachers feel the pressure to “get through the lesson” and leave out this important step.  But good teachers follow up with their students to see if they did what they were asked to do in an environment of humility and grace.

If you’re aiming at life change, look for ways you can build these three elements into your teaching, all the while depending on the Holy Spirit to do what you cannot do.

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Is your church ready to jump in to the New Year?  A recent study by Group Publishing aims to help Christian leaders get the information they need to impact their ministries in 2009.

Some of the study’s finding include:

Check out the website for more information here.

This looks like a great deal! I’ve got the My First Book of Questions and Answers and I like to use it as a game after we eat dinner to quiz my girls on questions like, “What is sin?” and What is the 5th commandment?”  They really enjoy it!

My First Book 5 Book Set
Carine Mackenzie & Philip Ross

List: $14.95… WTS $9.72 (buy it here)

Endorsed by John Piper, Sinclair Ferguson, Douglas Kelly, and C. J. Mahaney

In this set:

  • My First Book of Bible Prayers
    Sample Pages (PDF)
  • My First Book of Questions and Answers
    Sample Pages (PDF)
  • My First Book of Christian Values
    Sample Pages (PDF)
  • My First Book of Memory Verses
    Sample Pages (PDF)
  • My First Book of Bible Promises
    Sample Pages (PDF)
  • The Sunday School Revolutionary offers the positives of taking prayer requests in Sunday School as well as some helpful suggestions to avoid taking too much time:

    Positives

    • Class members feel like someone cares for them
    • Class leadership has the opportunity to serve through prayer
    • Praying for each other builds community

    Suggestions

    • Take requests at the end of class
    • Take written, not verbal, requests
    • Send requests out by e-mail

    What do you think?  Do you have any other suggestions?

    A friend of mine pointed me to this very helpful list that was born out of the insightful question below at the Doctrine Matters Blog:

    If a church asked you to fashion a reading curriculum for the youth (and their parents) of its congregation, 1st grade through 12th grade, consisting of yearly must reads, grade-by-grade, with one or more fictional, non-fictional, and Biblical/theological/doctrinal works, how would you advise?

    Are you looking for tips to become a better teacher?  Whether you teach in a church or school (or even at home), the following is a collection of posts that I think will be helpful to you.  These teaching tips come from an online book discussion that I conducted last year over the book, Teaching to Change Lives, by Howard Hendricks.  I trust they will challenge you to become a better teacher and life-long learner.

    Law of the Teacher 

    Law of Education  

       

    Law of Activity     

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    Law of Communication 

     

     

    Law of the Heart

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    Law of the Encouragement

    Law of Readiness

    What has God burdened you with?  What has God put on your heart?  “Identify that and you’re on your way to discerning God’s specific call on your life,” says Dr. Michael Milton, president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte.

    In a sermon taken from RTS iTunes U, Dr. Milton gives four points on how to discern God’s call on your life from the story of Moses in Exodus 3.

    1. God’s burden must become your burden
    2. God’s enemy is your enemy
    3. God’s people must become your people
    4. God’s power must become your provision

    I was greatly encouraged by this message.  Just go here and click to launch iTunes and you’ll see the above sermon underneath the top downloads.  You can also access entire seminary courses onto your computer for free!  What a great deal!

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