A Resource From Youth Ministry Resources
One of the toughest things in teaching an Adult Bible Study Curriculum, or anything for that matter, is trying to gauge the present knowledge level of the people in your group. And depending on the relationship you have with people, this task can be very frustrating. I have discovered one good rule of thumb though: do not assume any prior knowledge. This rule is great whether you have been with a group for a while or you have not. If you have been with a group for a long time, you should know them pretty well and do not have to assume what they know or do not know. If you are with a new group, this rule can be even more helpful as you prepare to communicate the Adult Bible Study Curriculum. Far too often we and the people in our circle have known certain things for so long that we take the information for granted. But we did have to learn it at some point. Whether I am teaching little kids or adults, I am always amazed by the things that people do not know that I think they should. But it serves as a constant reminder that I need to make sure and build foundational information into my teaching and not take for granted that they already know it. Do not harp on the simple things, but if they are necessary to understanding a passage or idea throw them out there and see if people understand or if they are blown away by the new info. Then you will know where to go from there. I want the Adult Bible Study Curriculum you use to have it's full impact, and remembering this important part of teaching will go a long way in that.