“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 can never be improved on and has lasted undiminished through the ages.
“The common people heard Him gladly.” Mark 12:37
While we are many times mesmerized by the eloquence of the worlds great orators, our mission as teachers is to communicate eternal truths in a manner that is best suited for its reception; SIMPLICITY. Continue reading
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 basketball. The key phrase used throughout the spot was “Is it the shoes?” While Michael simply answered “no” to the questions, the implication was that it was more than the shoes. Through closer investigation we learned that Michael Jordan worked tirelessly at his craft and that success was not instantaneous, but rather a process that he was dedicated to.
Similarly, when we see Sabbath School teachers that excel, we are tempted to ask in our own way, “is it the shoes?” Just what makes a person a teacher of excellence? Is it genetic? Is it the setting? Is it the topic? Or is it fate? Like Michael Jordan, teachers that excel share some of the same attributes. Continue reading
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 many regular church members (especially without very young children) are skipping this portion of our services.
To reverse this trend is an undertaking that many churches are tackling. The difference between the two extremes of the Sabbath School experience is determined by the leadership of the individual church and most importantly the leadership of the Sabbath School department.
The role and service of Sabbath School is still relevant and needed. The opportunity that Sabbath School department leaders have in assisting the church in the building up of disciples is enormous. We must recommit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to become effective to the audience we serve.
What are you observing at your church? Do you know of a church’s Sabbath School department that has found ways to keep the weekly program fresh and relevant?