4 steps of planning
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(The survey form can be emailed to you on request)
Below you will find a table to analyse the need and link it to a certain book-title. The left column (1.01 etc) refers to specific books that you can read more about in the catalogue-section. The middle column provides some of the important teaching-keywords, and the 3 right columns (in 3 colours) is where you indicate the need.
Quick Survey: For each subject tick one of the 3 columns on the right. – This will give you an indication which books will be right for you.
Green means ‘Fully Taught/learned’ – (I am sure this is no longer a need)
Yellow means ‘Needs deepening’ – (it is taught, but there is still a need)
Red means ‘Not taught directly’ – (there is definitely still a need here)
Using the Survey in detail: In addition to the above step, highlight or circle the keywords in the subject-column describing subjects you have already taught (or learned) carefully. - This will give you an indication whether you need whole books or just to follow up on single items.
Use the presentation of the books provided on the following pages
You will find a short presentation of each book. You will find a brief summary, page examples, an indication of in which languages it is available etc.
Now look at the items you ticked during step 1 (the table with the colours ‘Fully Taught/learned’ – ‘Needs deepening’ – and ‘Not taught directly’ ) The red indications are the subjects you need to teach. Yellow indications are the subjects you should consider to include.
Check the code for the teaching books (left column), look up the books and see how they fit together.
It is always a good idea to be sure that general scripture basics (Knowing the Bible) are covered before teaching theology or leadership.
If you find out that you need 8 books from the same series, it might make sense to include the remaining two to make the series complete.
You don’t need to start with book no. 1. If you are teaching young people or new Christians it might be appropriate to start with book 4.01 ‘Owning the new life in Christ’ because this book takes the students through some important personal steps.
How often are you going to teach?
Is it full time for some weeks? Or once a week for some month? Or one weekend a month for a year?
A few examples based on the Bible series:
Some might want to teach on the background knowledge only. They would select Book 1 (The World of the Bible) and teach the 15 lessons three at the time. Time wise that would be 5 sessions. As a full time study that could be accomplished in a week. Alternatively it could be once a week for 5 weeks or once a month for 5 months.
Some might want to add another 5 sessions to work through Book 2 (All the Books of the Bible). – Other might want to work through the books of Old Testament, using Book 3-6 as lessons (20 sessions) and just use book 1 and 2 as handbooks alongside with the textbooks.
Again others would combine the material with further study aids such as film, seminars etc. – So you can see, there is no limit to the flexibility