As you read your job description you will see one reoccurring word: MOTIVATOR. Without a doubt, your most important task is to constantly find ways to motivate others. You need to be a motivator in the following three areas:
- Your Church
This post - and the next - will take a more in-depth look at how you can be successful in these key areas. In this post we will focus on motivating your Teens:
Show Your Passion
People often say "I don't have any kids who want to do quizzing at my church." If you've found yourself in this boat, have you considered that perhaps it's because you haven't shown your kids your own passion for quizzing and encouraged them to participate? Odds are, if you're reading this post, you already understand the value of Bible quizzing, but who says it has to stop there?
Part of passion is knowing why you believe in something. If you haven't already, take some time and figure out exactly why you believe in quizzing. Once you've worked out your reasons share them as much as you can with the teens and other leaders.
Make Quizzing Fun
Alright, so having passion is important to being a motivator, but what else? MAKE QUIZZING FUN and INTERESTING! It should be more than just questions. Quizzing does not have to be, nor should it be just teens studying on their own and then coming to practice to get asked 20 questions over and over again.
Quizzing does not have to be, nor should it be just teens studying on their own and then coming to practice to get asked 20 questions over and over again.
So how do I make practice more than just questions? The good news is, there are many more ways than I could possibly share in this one post. Here are a few suggestions:
- Introduce games into practice
- Teach lessons over the chapter
- Use supplemental materials for student devotionals
- Have quizzers act out the chapters (They love this and it's thoroughly entertaining!)
- Pray together
- Send quizzers texts/Facebook messages during the week encouraging them to study and build up the habit of spending time in God's Word.
- Develop a rewards system (such as classdojo.com). If you are interested in classdojo and want ideas on how to set it up, send an email to email@example.com with the email address you used to register for classdogo.com and I will share our rewards system with you.
- Check out more ideas at http://www.pinterest.com/BibleQuizzingSC/
Empower Your Quizzers
Study Along With Them
Continue on to Part 2
Ryan and his wife serve as the Nazarene Teen Bible Quiz Directors for South Carolina. Somehow they have figured out how to regularly stay sane while in a room with a bunch of teenagers. Learn their tricks by visiting the SC District Facebook and Pinterest pages, or by emailing Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.