Four Ways to Engage Verbal Learners

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8 NIV)

Verbal learners are ready to share at a moment’s notice. They learn best through reading, writing, speaking and listening. They may have a large vocabulary, love to talk and play word games. They enjoy stories, poems, debates, speeches and essays.

My wife, Katrina, is a verbal learner and a gifted speaker & writer. They are willing to go and share as the Spirit leads. Here are four ways to engage verbal learners:

Empower them to be spokespersons for small groups in a class. Whereas the reflective learner may share with two or three people in a group, the verbal learners are willing to share with a large group. They would be great spokespersons as the large group comes back together to share thoughts.

Empower them to be Prayer leaders in a phone chain or in class. They are willing to pray as well as let others know about prayer concerns. Give them four of five class members to call when there are prayer requests.

Empower them to lead out in outreach/evangelistic efforts. Most verbal learners are more than willing to talk to persons they have just met. Train them to be involved in your outreach/evangelistic efforts. Remember in our culture this is to build relationships in order for the unchurched to know they are important in belonging, long before they believe.

Empower them to share their story as it intersects with The Story in God’s Word. Often they are willing to share a testimony about what God is doing in their lives. Important tip: Let them know a few days before you want them to share, so they have time to pray and reflect.

Challenge: Some verbal learners can monopolize the class time for talking. Be ready to divert to others in a sensitive way as the class discusses the Scripture.

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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