Teaching Like Jesus
- Publisher As a teacher, you long to help others do more than understand the Bible. You want them to experience its relevance and power for their lives. Teaching like Jesus is the answer! This commonsense guide offers examples of Jesus' teaching style from the Gospels, then shows how you can make these principles work for you -- regardless of what age group or ethnic background you're dealing with. Using a proven, four-step plan, Teaching Like Jesus gives you action steps, summaries, and other practical resources that will make your classroom a lively place to learn and apply the lessons so vitally important for transforming lives and nurturing disciples. You'll learn to think in terms of "see, hear, and do" in your lesson plans. And you'll find sample plans for age groups and cultures ranging from African-American preschoolers to Chinese married couples.
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About "Teaching Like Jesus"
Teaching Like Jesus is a handbook for Christian education in local churches that applies Jesus' methods to make the Bible culturally relevant for today.
As a teacher, you long to help others do more than understand the Bible. You want them to experience its relevance and power for their lives. Teaching like Jesus is the answer! This commonsense guide offers examples of Jesus' teaching style from the Gospels, then shows how you can make these principles work for you -- regardless of what age group or ethnic background you're dealing with. Using a proven, four-step plan, Teaching Like Jesus gives you action steps, summaries, and other practical resources that will make your classroom a lively place to learn and apply the lessons so vitally important for transforming lives and nurturing disciples. You'll learn to think in terms of "see, hear, and do" in your lesson plans. And you'll find sample plans for age groups and cultures ranging from African-American preschoolers to Chinese married couples.
Meet the Author
La Verne Tolbert
Tolbert is assistant professor of Christian education at Talbot School of Theology.
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Excerpt from: Teaching Like Jesus
Teaching is our ministry. Jesus is our model. People are our passion. Transformed lives are our product. And heaven is our goal. This is the essence of Christian education. My journey into the ministry of teaching in the local church is actually rooted in my childhood. My hero---my dad---was our pastor. As the dutiful daughter, I assumed the task of teaching Sunday school to our handful of children, training the teachers, and giving leadership to our youth ministry. Ours was a very small church, a storefront to be exact, just two blocks from 125th Street in New York City. Dad was an evangelist at heart, and he was creative about building a congregation. He had rigged a loudspeaker to the street outside and connected it to the pulpit microphone so that passersby could hear the preaching. An additional benefit of our loudspeaker system was that people on the sidewalks could also hear the choir, which my mother directed. Admittedly, ours was a small choir, but under her tutelage we sounded as voluminous as any mass choir, and in choir com-petitions we either won or came in second. Grandmother knew how to pray. 'It's me again, Lord,' was the personal familiarity with which she addressed her God. And she could sing. Her operatic voice had been featured on the Refuge Temple radio program, and although she no longer performed, her praises bellowed from the pews. Mother Inniss, as she was lovingly known, was ever the faithful mother-in-law. She had left the glamour of her thousand-member What Is Christian Education? A Philosophy of Ministry And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2 NASB church home to help her son-in-law pioneer his ministry. She passed her musical talent on to her daughters, Leanore, Lorraine, and Esther, who were known as the Inniss Sisters. And my mother, Leanore, conveyed all that she had learned to the choir. So the combination of a preaching-teaching ministry coupled with good ol' gospel music promised to be an excellent foundation for the building of a church. But it was hard work, and despite the influx of new members, the congregation never grew beyond a few handfuls of dedicated people. If success is measured in numbers, then the impact of our little church is questionable. But if success is measured by changed lives, what a crown Daddy received when he saw Jesus face-to-face! Because we were small, losing a member was major. Perhaps the biggest exodus came when one of the single women in our church had become pregnant.The newly converted wallowed in righteous indignation. They demanded that my father throw this young woman out of the church. His calm response came in the form of a question: 'Why would I throw her out now when she needs us the most?' Dad's sensitive, compassionate ability to embrace those who were suffering emanated from his own life so overshadowed with pain and disappointment. Like Jesus, my father chose understanding rather than condemnation. My dad's passion was to see his members 'set free.' Sister Gadson, for example, had a phobia of riding in cars and busses. She was terrified at the thought. Consequently, she never traveled beyond walking distance of her apartment in the projects. But Dad was convinced of the reality of Scripture, 'If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed' (John 8:36). 'Get in the car,' he demanded one day. 'No, pastor,' Sister Gadson meekly refused. But because of her respect for him, she eventually obliged. Dad drove her and her husband around Manhattan, and she loved it! The fear of traveling was gone. ________ Entering the Ministry Personally, I had no intentions of entering the ministry. In fact, I had promised myself that I would never marry a pastor. I had no illusions about the work involved. Up close, the demands of pastoring seemed overwhelming. On call day and night, Dad was often summoned from sleep to an emergency at the hospital, or to a home to calm disputes, or to the jail to help a member's child who was in trouble. There never seemed time for him to really rest. On many nights after a full day of hard physical labor as a carpenter, Dad would shower, change clothes, and drive from New Rochelle to Manhattan to teach Bible classes or to play the piano or organ during choir rehearsal or to conduct meetings. A Bible school graduate, Dad's preaching and teaching style was exegetical. He taught what the Scriptures said and then applied them to today. Always, Dad ministered with his whole heart. I came to love the Lord dearly and trust him completely because of the absolute faith that my father placed in his Savior. I taught Sunday school. Soon I became frustrated with the curriculum available. Here we were teaching in a one-room church with several classes occurring simultaneously. These children lived in the inner city in tall buildings and walked through snow to school. But the pictures on the covers of most Sunday school material featured lovely country homes with picket fences and rosy children with smiling faces. They resembled no one in our congregation. Out of frustration, I began writing and developing our own lessons. Little did I realize that I was in God's preparatory school. After a 10-year stint on Madison Avenue as a magazine editor, God's call on my life began to materialize. Although I had reached the top and had experienced tremendous success, I felt empty inside. All of the hard work and all of the extra hours struggling to 'make it' did not produce the fulfillment it had promised. One Sunday, my brother, Elder Allen Powlis, preached a sermon from Mark 11:22, 'Have faith in God.' It haunted me. Of course I had faith in God! I was raised in a Christian home, accepted Christ as my Savior, was baptized according to Scripture, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, worked with the youth, and served on the Pastor's