5 Cardinal Sins

I got up early that morning, excited to know that I would soon get the opportunity to visit a new Sabbath school. I was out of town for the weekend and decided I would visit the main church of this anonymous city. I arrived early before Sabbath school started and waited until a few more […]

Make your sessions come alive with stories

There’s something about a good story that can make all the difference in a Sabbath school discussion. A good story can transport it’s hearers to another time and place and make the lessons come alive with relevance and freshness. Do you use stories in your sessions? While the variety of stories is limitless, I have […]

HIJACKED !

Sabbath Morning 9:30 Flight plan…check. Instruments working…check. Fuel…check. Passengers seated…check. Ready for takeoff…check. And you’re off and on your way to another exciting Sabbath school discussion! Everything is moving along fine and in the middle of your session someone who has a pet issue or grievance attempts to hijack the class and take over the […]

You Can’t Give what You Don’t Have

To be a Sabbath School teacher, is to play one of the most vital roles today in the organized church. Every week men and women throughout this denomination stand before groups of people teaching the bible. Besides the pastor in the pulpit, Sabbath school teachers have more biblical involvement in the lives of the church […]

How do you spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S?

Everyone wants to succeed. Some do…some don’t. Teachers may define success by the numbers of attendees, or by getting through the entire lesson, or by avoiding any glaring blunders. The definitions of success vary from teacher to teacher. All of us spend some time in reflecting on how well we did or didn’t do. The […]

Don’t let “campaign fever” kill your class

For the most part, it’s unavoidable. It’s topic A at the water cooler and the subject of endless emails. Pundits debate with passion the merits of their fancy and around the dinner table we hear the spirited defense of one’s political choice over another’s. This has been labeled as one of the most interesting political […]

Are you a part of the solution or part of the problem?

Everyone has problems. It’s just a fact of life. Problems come in all sizes and shapes and affect all ages and races. Some problems are viewed as insurmountable and some problems may be viewed as simple annoyances. What they all have in common is that they present a challenge to those they involve. Realizing this […]

When Simplicity is Eloquence

“Never man spake like this Man” John 7:46 The greatest Teacher the world has ever known, was the most definite, simple, and practical in His instruction. GW 50 There is no higher example for a teacher to follow than the example given by the greatest teacher of all time, Jesus Christ. His method of communication […]

In Search of Teaching Excellence

Ex”cel*lence\, n The quality of being excellent; state of possessing good qualities in an eminent degree; Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary I remember a sports shoe commercial many years ago that featured Michael Jordan and Spike Lee. In the commercial Spike Lee was trying to determine what made Michael Jordan so good at the game of […]

Is your Sabbath School Alive or D.O.A.

It seems today that Sabbath schools are falling into 2 categories; either vibrantly alive or dry and dead. Some Sabbath school classes are eagerly looked forward to and some are simply tolerated as something we do but not necessarily enjoy. The people who fall into the latter group have increased over the years. Far too […]