4 steps to better teaching and storytelling

Speaking to children is much different than speaking to adults. An adult usually has the self-control to sit and listen, even when not interested. A child, no matter the age, does not possess that same skill. They may be able to sit for a few minutes, but if they aren’t interested, you will soon know it. If you find yourself presented with the opportunity to teach children, whether in a  classroom, a library, a small group, a ministry,  a Sunday School, or you name the setting, there are a few things I have learned over the years that could be beneficial.

It is important to remember that everyone learns  differently. The fact is most of us will teach the way that we learn best. The problem with that is there will always be kids you are dealing with who learn differently. If you are  not prepared to vary your methods, you can be sure you will lose many of them. And we all know what happens once a child is no longer interested. Let the discipline issues begin!

There are lots more tips and tricks you could employ, but here are 4 that will help take your teaching or story telling to a new level. Continue reading


Parable of the Talents: It’s not about you

Parable of the Talents: It’s not about you

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the talents. If not, you can check it out here. I did a study on the parable a while back. Here are a few things that jump off the page at me.

A talent was a unit of measure for weight and money. It was about 75 pounds. Assuming the talents were gold, which was recently valued at $1882/ounce. That would make one talent of gold worth about $2.2 million. This parable is also the origin of the definition we know today, meaning ability. No matter what definition you use, keep in mind that talents are valuable. Continue reading