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