July 3, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Help Teens Influence Their World

Last Monday we considered the various areas in a teen’s life. As a small group leader for teens, I need to understand their world as much as possible. You can read that article here. But, this is not the place … Continue reading

June 26, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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No Teen Is an Island

The first few lines of John Donne’s famous poem, No Man Is an Island, reads as No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. I think the … Continue reading

June 19, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Question Techniques for Student Bible Study

We have been using the Monday posts to think about today’s teens, Generation Z. While many teaching methods are appropriate for teens in small group Bible study, asking good questions may be the most helpful method you can use in … Continue reading

June 12, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Using Questions with Teens in Bible Study

Different teaching methods have different purposes. Discussion helps all members of a small group express themselves. Lecture aids the leader in sharing lots of necessary information in a short length of time. Art methods help students be creative. A wise … Continue reading

May 4, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Leader Prep for Sunday School Classes or Small Groups

I teach a college Bible study almost every Sunday afternoon. I love it. I love studying to teach the group the most. I teach my students to also prep all week. But, honestly, there are times when I don’t succeed … Continue reading

April 6, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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Teach Like Ezra

Last week I had the privilege of speaking to the Sunday School teachers of First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge. They are a great bunch, doing a great job, and helping to grow our church. If I want to encourage teachers, … Continue reading

March 23, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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What’s in a Lesson Plan?

Last week we discussed the benefits of a lesson plan in leading a small group or a Sunday School class. You can find that post here: Lesson Plan Template. The benefits are clear but what does a lesson plan include? I … Continue reading

March 9, 2017
by Walter Norvell
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A Prayer for a Teacher

Moses was the great teacher of Israel. I have been reminded of this as I have just completed reading Deuteronomy in my daily Bible readings. The book contains Moses’ last words for God’s people whom he had been leading for … Continue reading

December 12, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Love Your Learners More Than the Lesson

One of my excellent students, Brandon Brigance, presented a great paper on the pastor’s role in leading change in a church. He quoted from Thom Rainer’s book, Who Moved My Pulpit. Rainer discusses in his book the need for change … Continue reading

November 17, 2016
by Walter Norvell
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Teaching for Spiritual Transformation – Teach God’s Word in and through the Family

In his book, The Disciple-Making Parent, Chap Bettis challenges both the church and parents to understand the disciple-making role of parents. The biblical understanding is that parents disciple their children with the aid of the church. So how does a … Continue reading