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Newsletter Issue #17  --  May 29, 2018  


Sunday School Teaching Methods (05/29/2018)

Goin' A.P.E. Sparking Your Creativity

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Creative Spark Teaching Methods*Make every minute count! 
*Infuse your Bible lessons with creative teaching techniques.
*Motivate children to listen, learn, and enjoy class time. 
*Teach according to your students' abilities---their God-given bent.
*Enhance your existing programs.
*Create effective and engaging lessons.
*Use exciting Bible memorization techniques.

Some people believe Proverbs 22:6 is a promise from God that if we do our jobs well---as Christian parents or educators---our children will eventually follow him. Others interpret it has to do with recognizing the God-given abilities or bent of our children, and then fostering those skills and gifts, so that when they are old, they will not depart from them. Ted Hildebrandt, of Grace Theological Seminary, suggests it has to do with initiating a late adolescent into his official capacity and responsibilities of society. "According to his way---or in the way he should go---meant according to the standard and status of what would be demanded of him in that culture." 

Because some of us learn in different ways---visual, auditory, verbal, kinesthetic (touching, feeling, moving), solitary or social---the Active Participation Experience (A.P.E.) provides children with a method of learning Biblical truths according to their bent; and I believe this is in keeping with the intent of Proverbs 22:6. I also think there are fundamental strategies children's ministers and teachers can do to spark their own creativity to enhance their Bible lesson time.

Continue reading about Effective Teaching Methods for Children's Ministry.


Review: Thank you for this wonderful tool for teaching the 10 Commandments, with hand motions. This method has been so successful over the years, the older graduates remind me that they still remember their Ten Commandments! To God be all glory!
~ Maureen K.







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