Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Effective Bible Study Leaders

How can I know if I am being effective as a Bible study leader? That was a question posed in a recently blog I read at www.sundayschoolleader.com.  Instead of providing you my personal insights, I felt I should share with you some of the material in the post. I feel it will challenge you as it did me to evaluate your effectiveness as a Bible study leader. 

The post was written by a friend of mine, Steve McNeil, the leader of Church Health and Communications for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. Here was Steve's list

Effective Bible study leaders
  1. Will know their class (Heb. 10:25): “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Effective teachers bring people back. People want to be in their class. Effective teachers use appropriate methods for their age group because they know and understand the age group they teach. Examples would be, Builders,Boomers, or Busters.
  2. Will desire God’s Word (1 Peter 2:2): “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” Effective teachers help people develop a love for the Bible through the effective way they teach it and through the way that they live it. People will see a natural love and appreciation for God’s Word in the teachers life.
  3. Will have a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17): “therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Effective teachers have a way of helping people progress through spiritual struggles and issues to discover spiritual victories.
  4. Will have changed priorities (Galatians 2:20): “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” “Nuff said!” Jesus is first in everything.
  5. Will exhibit the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23): “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Effective teachers practice living these traits and seek opportunities to develop them in those they teach.
  6. Will have a desire for evangelism (1 Corinthians 9:19): “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more.” Effective teachers look for opportunities to tell people about Jesus in their everyday life and seek ways to help those they teach learn how to share Jesus with others also.
  7. They will leave your class! (1 Peter 4:10): “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Effective teachers see their role as one who prepares and equips workers for the harvest. It is the task of the effective teacher to build the mission force, not to strengthen their own class role.
My thanks to Steve for sharing his insights. I know what I need to do to become a more effective Bible study leader. How about you?

Father, may we never forget that we should continually evaluate and sharpen our skills and our heart. Amen!