“Teaching isn’t telling…learning isn’t listening”

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By Ken Braddy One of my favorite heroes in the area of Bible study and teaching was Dr. Howard Hendricks. Although I never sat in oneof his classes, I read his books and participated in video training in which he presented ways to be a more effective group leader. Dr. Hendricks once said, “Teaching isn’t [...]

Small Group Monday: How to Ask Good Questions

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This week on Bible Study Insider, Brian Daniel wrote a great article about how to ask good questions. He gives us a framework for what he calls “Small Group Engineering,” which starts with knowing the four types of questions to ask: Observation Questions ask: “What is the action of this passage?” Interpretation Questions ask: “What [...]

Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School


This is part 1 of a series of posts from David Francis’ Transformational Class: Transformational Church Goes to Sunday School . Click here for a free download of the book, as well as training materials to help you present the material to your leaders. This excerpt is adapted from the Introduction, pages 5-8. Churches across North America are being [...]

From the Editor: “What’s In It For Me?” Church


One of the real dangers in the life of a church is when its members begin to believe that the church exists to meet their needs. Thom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources, says, “It’s our nature to be selfish. It’s our nature to want others to serve us rather than be the servants. So how [...]

iLead with my iPad


  I am not one of those guys who camps out all night waiting to buy the latest and greatest tech toy. In fact, 20 years ago I returned some software I had purchased because it required something called a mouse. “Why would I ever want to take my hands off the keyboard??” I did eventually [...]

Connected — Beyond Flash Community


Remember the flash mob trend? Two to three years ago, just as Youtube was becoming the ubiquitous cultural fixture it is today, flash mob videos— in which a group of people gave the “appearance” of spontaneous performance were making their rounds in the most viral sort of way. The trend and its viral nature point [...]

Connected Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): Heart of the Matter


Through their son’s unexpected health crisis, Matt Hammitt, lead singer of the award-winning band Sanctus Real, and his wife, Sarah, rediscovered the meaning of childlike faith. by Lindsay Williams “I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a time in your life when a single moment changes everything and takes you down a new path. Something [...]

Free Bonus Session: Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness

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Mental health has been in the news recently, due to the suicide of actor Robin Williams last month. How can the church respond to individuals and families dealing with mental illness?   This quarter, the special focus session of Bible Studies for Life is entitled “Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness.” It was written [...]

Training Your Replacement

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This post originally appeared on August 30, 2012 on Sundayschoolleader.com. I remember my first meeting with the Sunday School Director at my new church. He said, “We know we need to start new classes, but we are facing the age-old question: where do you get the leaders?” I responded, “There is a reason it is [...]

From the Editor: The Power of Words in a Relationship


Our words matter. We all grew up with the playground adage, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never harm me.” But it didn’t take too long before we realized that was a lie. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) says,  The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise [...]