Bible Class Survey

bibleclassI get emails. This one is from reader Andrew —

Jay,

I’m working on a research project regarding the quality of Bible classes in our congregations.  I’m trying to put a finger on what makes Bible classes either low or high quality.

I hope to be able to use the research to help improve class quality in our assemblies.  If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask two things from each of you.

  1. Complete the survey (short 7 questions) at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRC3J59
  1. Pass this link along to as many others as possible. The more responses I get, the better the data will be.

Thanks so much!

Andrew,

I think the answer is counter-intuitive. I’ve asked a group of student what their favorite Bible classes of all time were. Most were presented in lecture style — but by a knowledgeable teacher on a topic of great interest. Discussion is great week to week, but I think it’s less likely to have a long-term impact.

I’ve also surveyed a class to see which classes they wanted taught. I then taught what I wanted to teach. The classes with the lowest responses in the survey were often the most popular classes. You don’t know if you’re going to love or hate a class on Leviticus until you know the teacher, his approach, and style. Could be awful. Could be life changing.

Just so, I don’t care who the teacher is: people get tired of same face, the same cadence, and the same jokes. I strongly believe in rotating teachers at least every two quarters. It also prevents a church having split theologies because students have only heard from one teacher for years.

Jay

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  1. for some reason, when I answer the next question the former answer disappears. Can you check your test out & resend? I think this survey is needed & would love to contribute to the response.

    Also, I think it would be helpful to ask for responses concerning whether elders and deacons should teach classes? Would this improve attendance, participation and study?

  2. The ranking questions are like ranking sports teams; there can only be one number 1 and one number 2 and so forth. In other words, we are trying to rank the items in order of importance.

    As for the Elders and Deacons, good thought: Is there any anecdotal evidence that people have to offer? If so, feel free to include that.

  3. Andrew, I firmly believe you cant ask others to do what Leadership wont. If Elders do not teach it does not set a good example for others.

  4. I have heard of classes being led by professional people (of both genders) who had to heavily apply the Bible daily in their profession and how they did it. Most churches though do not do this very often.