Lesson 8 - Becoming a Holy Clubs Teacher
Below you will find 9 helpful techniques that I have used to teach 1000's of times over 20 plus years.
Some helpful tips for teachers:
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It is important to prepare ahead of time. This allows the truths you will be teaching to sink into your heart and become real, and it gives you the confidence you need to reach out to those you disciple. For example: Read through the notes, look up the bible verses, take notes, and jot down any questions that you may have. Ask your group facilitator or someone else if you have any questions. Remember, God wants you to be faithful with the little things so that He can give you more (Matt. 25:23).
I like to pray before I teach. Firstly, I #talk2God about the topic. This always includes asking for revelation on the content. And if you receive anything, write it down! Secondly, I ask God to touch the people in the meeting. If possible, I ask for each of them (by name) days before the group meets.
Show passion, but don’t fake it: If the content has impacted you and you've grown passionate about it, don't hide that — show your passion! Speak with excitement! If you don't feel passionate, that's okay. We just don't want you to fake it. But if you have connected with the content, then sharing that excitement with others can help them connect with it too.
You are you. They are them. God made each of you unique. So feel free to reject the pressure to teach like someone else. Just be yourself!
Keep your style:
Many people are gifted in their own unique way. Take the unique personality you have and work it into the content of your presentation. Each person will teach a little differently, and that’s great!
Keep the teaching to 20 minutes:
You will only have 20 minutes to go through a lot of content. And that is all right, because the group can go over anything that you miss later. I personally like to break the content down into 4 sets of 5 minutes each (if possible, go over things ahead of time, timing yourself to practice finishing in 20 minutes).
Try to make eye contact with people:
Try looking at individuals rather than scanning the group. Since you will be with the group in a circle, rather than at the front of a room, you won’t have a board or slide projection to reference — so you never need to look behind you. You may be using a laptop, tablet, or a sheet of paper, so be sure to just glance down at it briefly. One sure way to lose an audience is to turn your back on them, or look down the whole time. By the way, while you’re maintaining great eye contact, don’t forget to smile as well!
What to do when questions or comments arise:
When group members ask questions or give comments, you should be gracious and thank them for their input. Even if someone is being difficult, you must keep to the moral high ground and be courteous at all times (Rom. 15:1-4, Titus 3:1-2). Answer the questions that you can, but refer to the group facilitator (or even the group itself) if you don’t know. Remember, questions and comments (even negative ones) are free advice, as they help all of you to grow in your understanding of yourselves and the content.
Tell a story:
Try to tell a story about how the truth has impacted your life. You can do this in three steps –
Truth: First, emphasize the foundational truth in your own words.
Story: Second, tell a parable or story that helps illustrate the truth (maybe an example from your life, a friends life, or an illustration in the bible).
Personal: Third, explain how the truth can personally impact the others in the group.
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