If you feel your teaching style is getting a little stale, you may want to consider changing things up a bit by incorporating various components into your lesson. Hopefully you are already using some of these ideas, but in case you are not or need some new ones, try some of these.
Collectively, we are a very image-driven audience; just ask the social media experts. As such, you may want to add some visual images to your lesson plan. Have you considered using a PowerPoint slide to enhance a lecture delivery? With a PowerPoint presentation you can incorporate pictures that will help your learners visually experience the stories in the scriptures.
Nothing more adequately describes just how grotesque leprosy is than a photo(s)(and I didn’t even include the worst photos I found!).
I recently visited our women’s Sunday School Class and their teacher, and my friend Lisa, showed a YouTube video of a song that is based upon the life of Jonathon’s son, Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9). It really helped set the tone for the lesson. Enjoy!
Do you have a great story to share that will help drive the lesson home? I recommend that you make a list of stories – sad and funny – to pull from when preparing your lesson. You will want to work on your delivery to insure the story makes the impact you desire. My pastor is especially good at this, even using jokes. I think Lisa Harper is the master story teller! Here is an example of her telling one of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard.
For my favorite Beth Moore story, watch this. It is SO worth your time!
Anytime you can engage the senses it helps the learner experience the story in scriptures. There are a lot of opportunitis to taste the various foods from the Bible. One of my favorites is when we discuss manna.
“The house of Israel named the substance manna.[f] It resembled coriander seed, was white, and tasted like wafers made with honey.” Exodus 16:31
Why not bring in a box of honey graham crackers? Most people like the taste of honey wafers, but what about eating honey wafers and ONLY honey wafers for 40 years? Even though the manna could be prepared in different ways, baked with honey would have been my favorite! Even still, I am sure I would have grown tired of my manna crackers by day 4! But, thanks be to God for His provision.
You can also purchase unleavened bread (crackers) like Matzo.
“That night, they are to eat the meat, roasted in the fire; they are to eat it with matzah and maror”. Exodus 12:8
Matzo is very symbolic of Christ’s death. It has stripes and holes depicting the whipping Christ endured and the spear thrust into His side. Those of the Jewish faith, stack three crackers and remove the middle peace to wrap into a napkin. They put it away until they are sick, then they break a piece of this cracker off and eat it for healing. Christians would say that the stack of the three crackers represent the Holy Trinity – God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. The middle cracker represents Jesus even though devout Jews would not agree with this symbolism; however, they cannot tell you why they do this. (Per teaching of Dick Reuben, Messianic Jew).
For the sense of smell, consider burning a frankincense candle when sharing the Christmas story about the three wise men.
Some learners best learn experientially; they learn by doing. How about getting together at someone’s home or in your church’s kitchen to bake some beautiful Challah bread?
“Of the first of your dough you shall present a loaf as a contribution; like a contribution from the threshing floor, so shall you present it.” Numbers 15:20
Click here for the recipe!
Everybody loves a gift, no matter how small. I have found that a lot of women are very sentimental about their Bible study time and teachings that they have heard, and a memorandum sometimes makes a great takeaway. When teaching on clarifying our life’s calling from God, I like to tell the story of how my grandmother Minnie Bell did not feel as if she could answer her calling to minister God’s Word because she did not know how to drive and had 9 kids to raise. Instead, she prayed that her calling would be passed down to one of her children, and that would be me (a granddaughter).
I have a small mini bell, which reminds me of my “Minnie Bell” that I have in my office as a reminder to make good on the calling that has been passed to me. Every now and then I will ring it to represent this reminder. When I use this story in my talk, I will sometimes distribute these mini bells to my class so they, too, will have a ringing reminder to make good on the calling God has placed in their life!
I typically use the little wedding bells. I remove the attached note, and add a cute ribbon.
Today we have so many options for incorporating media into our lesson. We can use our iPads, projectors, DVD players and laptops to add a more 3-dimensional feel to our teaching. Every now and then it is good to add a video clip to help your students get a good visual of the account from the Bible.
For instance, when studying the parting of the Red Sea, you can always share this short YouTube video. Not only does it provide an excellent visual, I personally think everyone should think Moses looked like Charlton Heston! Don’t you agree? Regardless of your thoughts about the movie titled “Noah”, I understand it has an epic rendering of the ark. Short clips to help people envision the scripture’s content is a win-win.
I hope you try some of the ideas and let me know how it turned out. Also, please share your teaching methods with me; I am always trying to learn new things!
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Gina Duke is the Director of Women’s Ministry at her church where she has implemented a Women’s Involvement Ministry, called “Joppa”. Gina is an organizational leader imparting biblical and practical solutions for authentic Christian Living. She is the founder and president of Churchtown Ministries, and author of “Organizing Your Prayer Closet” (Abingdon Press). For more posts like these, go to GinaDuke.com or follow her board, “Joppa” on Pinterest – Pinterest.com/gduke. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter @TheGinaDuke
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