There are all kinds of theories of what makes an effective Bible class. What do you think?
I’m not sure what a Hands On/Experiential class would entail…
My only experience has been discussion groups.
oh man, i have been thinking about this.
i think churches need all three but when…??
some people don’t like a class if they can’t talk and “share”
sometimes that sharing is great, sometimes it is time wasted.
i appreciate good discussions, but I also hate to see a class where the most prepared person (the teacher) says the least and everyone else gives knee-jerk reactions to the topic/verses discussed…
Sorry to be late to the party…
Some of what I envision as “hands-on experiential” would be:
• case studies
• a guided “exegesis,” helping the class go step by step through the interpretation process
• creative classes; I’ve had classes read Psalm 136, then right their own version
Such classes involve more prep for the teacher, but can be highly effective.
One other suggestion: use the Internet! The class I’m teaching right now is highly connected, so I send them notes ahead of time, as well as the discussion questions that will be asked in class. They have time to prepare thoughtful answers, rather than “knee-jerk” reactions as my anti-Marcion friend put it.
Grace and peace,
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