Adult Sunday School

Topic: When teaching ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL, you usually increase effectiveness by slowing down and presenting fewer life-changes at a greater depth.

Adult Sunday school: Focus on one or two life changes per lesson

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When teaching adult Sunday school, some teachers ask everyone to make several big changes in their life each week? In your experience, when this happens, how does everyone tend to respond? Do they rise to the challenge and make all the changes week after week?

I don't know about you, but in my own experience, I have not found this to be the case. Actually, I have found the opposite to be true. It seems to me that when listeners are asked to make numerous changes, they end up doing nothing.

Adult Sunday school Principle: Lesson bloating is the result of knowing about the lesson without knowing what the lesson is about.

Most people can only focus on one life change at a time, so if you give them a confusing array of changes and choices, it tends to bog them down and hinder them from making any change at all. Instead of giving listeners a bunch of principles and telling them to apply all of them, it is usually more effective to study the passage, then prayerfully choose the most significant biblical truth and center your lesson around that one truth.

Adult Sunday school: Teach MORE by teaching less.

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I remember one adult Sunday school where the teacher attempted to cover three chapters in Isaiah in 45 minutes. The lesson had so many points and covered such a large number of verses, you could hardly remember the first half of the lesson by the time he finished the second half. Plus, each point was covered so quickly, even if you wanted to make a change in your life, it would be really difficult to know how to make the change from what was taught. The teacher simply presented too many points and cover to much material.

When teaching an adult Sunday school, or any age group for that matter, when transformation is your goal, I believe you always teach MORE by teaching less.

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Covering less material allows time to
articulate the central truth,
substantiate its roots in the text,
illustrate how it can be applied, and
eliminate reasons why it won't be applied.

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Additional Topics for Adult Sunday school
Book 1 Topics for: Adult Sunday school Book 2 Topics for: Adult Sunday school
Before teaching the lesson, make sure you know the goal of the lesson: information or transformation (chapter 3) Avoid multiple points and principles by centering your adult Sunday school lesson around a central point (chapter 3)
If you don't know the goal, you will end up teaching an InfoTransformational lesson (chapter 3) Instantly grab and hold attention by connecting listener's to your lesson's application (chapter 4)
Teaching Less" doesn't mean your lessons are shorter; they are just more focused (chapter 3) The Visual Anchor (chapter 5)
Adult Sunday school Avoiding Ramblemation (chapter 3)