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Bible teacher gives Sunday School teachers tips for effective teaching

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On Monday, June 23, Rev. Margaret Minnicks, ordained minister of Christian education met with approximately 25 Sunday school teachers at Antioch Baptist Church in Varina, Virginia where the pastor is Dr. James L. Sailes. Rev. Minnicks informed the group that teaching the Bible to others is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. According to James 3:1, "Not many of you should presume to be teachers because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly."

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The associate minister from New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia gave the Antioch teachers important steps for effective Sunday School sessions. She told them that teaching is actual the fourth step in a five-step process for Bible teaching. The first four steps involve preparation.

Step One: A teacher must study the Bible and the lesson to be taught far in advance so God can work throughout the week by giving the teacher revelations.

Step Two: Effective teachers should always focus the message to the group they are teaching. Where the concepts are the same, the way children and youth are taught is not the same way adults are taught. Also, knowing the learning styles of the participants help the teacher focus the lesson.

Step Three: Lesson plans, no matter how simple or detailed, help the teacher stay on target with the lesson. Lesson plans are blue prints used for stating goals and objectives of a particular lesson.

Step Four: It is only at this point, that a teacher should stand before God's people to teach them. Steps 1-3 must be accomplished for effective teaching.

Step Five: After teaching, an effective teacher always uses some form of evaluation. This is not just to see how much participants have grasped but to measure how well the information has been imparted by the teacher.

For almost two hours, Rev. Minnicks gave the current Sunday School teachers and new teachers of Antioch suggestions for teaching a Sunday School unit based on the Fruit of the Spirit. She emphasized no matter what the subject matter, several important elements should be in every teaching: Overview and background information, word study, biblical examples and personal life applications, and evaluation.

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