14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:14-16 NIV)
We have an awesome and challenging task as teachers. We are to rightly divide/handle/administer the Word of Truth. It is more than the lesson requires from whatever publishing company you use. Curriculum for me is everything you do. Here are some thoughts about it:
Total Period Teaching: That is the mantra from the 1980’s at Lifeway (then the Baptist Sunday School Board.) When people step in the room, curriculum begins! I would suggest that teachers should be in their environment fifteen minutes early. There should be questions, quotes, comments on the board as people walk in the room. Teachers want students thinking about the lesson and what is next even before the lesson starts.
Some prefer an object lesson along with something on the board. Thom Rainer did an article last year on why men don’t go to church. One of the reasons is: church is too predictable. Have an object lesson that draws men into wondering how the object lesson will be used in the Bible study. Anything to get your class focused on God’s Word and the lesson is good.
Demonstrate that you care. A new person will decide within five minutes whether they will return. Do you have greeters/connectors who will welcome newcomers? I suggest a friendly person who will discover what the newcomer is passionate about. What are their hobbies? I would want to connect them to three other persons before they leave church who have the same passions/hobbies. It will greatly enhance the possibility of them coming back. More importantly, the guest will feel welcomed and cared for. The same care should be shown to everyone in the class.
Don’t just focus on classroom time! People need to see you bearing fruit in your lives (John 15) and not just Sunday morning or whenever you have a Bible study. They want to see how Scripture and the Christian lifestyle affect your everyday life. Spend time with them during the week. Mentor them in parenting, marriage, living the Christian life in the workplace and beyond. We are called to make disciples!
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Curriculum is more than a lesson. It is a lifestyle!