There are two extremes we can go to when it comes to evaluating something. We can analyze it to death and get so unhealthy because we can’t get anything done because we are constantly taking our temperature. Or we can fail to ever evaluate anything and over time those things lose their effectiveness because they are happening just because they always have.In many churches the Bible classes do not suffer from over analysis. Many are sick and dying because they have lost their way.
In many instances here is why I think that happens.Usually churches don’t have anyone on staff who is taking time to assess what is happening, train teachers, or implement new and effective ideas into the Bible class structure. The following issues ensue:
- What ends up happening is we scramble to find X number of teachers to fill X number of classes.
- We are happy with whatever the volunteer teachers want to teach so long as the class continues uninterrupted quarter to quarter. We call that a win but is it?
- We lack consistency in the quality of teaching due to desperation to fill slots, often at the last minutes.
- We don’t have an overarching vision of the purpose or direction for what we the classes should be accomplishing.
- What is more, I believe we have come to the conclusion that as long as something is being studied and some people show up that equals success.
Can anyone else relate with this?
I am going to take a few posts to lay out some ways to assess what we are doing with our Bible classes and explore how we can make them better, more purposeful, and transformational. As always, any input you guys have along the way is appreciated.