AUSTIN — “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17 ESV) – In the spirit of this passage, the Central Texas Bible Teachers Workshop organizers are readying the program for July 21-22 at the Cameron Road church of Christ here. Speaker Kirk Eason will keynote this mission. The CTBTW’s aim is to equip Bible class teachers, ministers and other church leaders with the tools and resources needed to convey Christ’s message more effectively.
Eason, Development Director- USA for Southern Africa Bible College, will bring lessons on what it means to reflect the glory of Christ. The first one, “Look Like Jesus: No Beauty or Majesty” uses scripture to present the vision of His attributes as displayed in a teacher’s life.
During “Look Like Jesus: A Fisherman’s Guide,” Eason takes instructors on the apostle’s journey as a guide for the transformation that learning brings. The last lesson, “Look Like Jesus: What’s in a Reflection?” delves more deeply into what reflecting the glory of Christ might look like.
Registration forms are available online at the site below and through the church. The cost is $25 if received by July 14 and $30 at the door. There is no childcare available.
Sign-in is from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday. The sessions go from 1 – 4:30 p.m. that afternoon and continue on Saturday. Registration runs from 8 – 9 a.m. and the classes go from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Each day’s schedule features two tracks: one for teachers of adults and the other for those who educate children.
For Teachers of Children
In the children’s track, Naomi Bentley (Northern Oaks, San Antonio) trains the class to teach hands-on lessons. The first is about classroom tools that make a Bible lesson stick and another is about conducting a make-and-take session.
In their respective classes, Lisa Hall and Mike Bolinski will also show how to conduct Make It/Take It sessions.
The “Learning to Be More Like Jesus through Music” classes come in three parts. Beverly Fannin and Paula Johnson are the instructors.
Justin Hopkins, who has spent the last five years designing Bible class lessons from scripture will teach two sessions. The first is “Considering Developmental Readiness in the Bible Class,” followed by “Using Technology Effectively to Teach.”
Southwest School of Bible Studies grad Leah Hopkins will address some special challenges in her lessons on “Teaching 2s and 3s” and Teaching Multiple Ages in One Classroom.”
With a focus on partnering with parents to raise God-loving and God-knowing children, Courtney Kirk of the Leander church of Christ will present three sessions. One leverages the students’ own makeup to enhance engagement for all, but especially those with ADD/ADHD: “Raise Kids for Christ: Teach to Retain with Learning Styles.” The others cover age-appropriate approaches for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The resources presented on loving and knowing God in “Raise Kids for Christ: Grow K-5th Classes” also help with class management and reinforcing lessons at home. The “Raise Kids for Christ: 3 Years through the Bible” class shows how to teach God’s one big story as it leads to the cross from Genesis to Revelation.
UT-Austin alum Dr. Sharon Jackson of the city’s East Side church of Christ will present in both the children and adult teacher tracks. The session for teachers of children is titled, “Imitating the Master Teacher: Strategies to Teach Like Jesus.” This lesson will include information about the Qualities of Bible School Teachers Assessment, discuss its features, present hands-on strategies based on how Jesus taught to meet classroom needs, and provide other resources.
For Teachers of Adults
In the track for adults, Dr. Jackson will conduct one class on “Building Capacity for God’s Servants to Become Bible School Teachers.” Participants will learn about a new teacher program and discuss how to implement its components at their home churches. Her second class is on “Recruiting and Retaining Bible School Teachers.”
Daesha Cuttrell (League City) tells one family’s story as related to the Christian’s adoption into son-ship in “Adopted and Loved Forever – A Place in God’s Family.” The two-part lesson explores what son-ship means, one’s place in God’s family, the adoptee’s response and the cost to the Father.
Lake Travis High School teacher, Patrick Hinson’s lessons will focus on the power and purpose of the Name. Although the class may have broader applications, its primary one is on teaching teens.
Don Boyd serves as the Church Relations Representative for World Bible School out of Abilene. The Harding University graduate, preacher and missionary will speak about WBS at two different times.
Bob Hughes will present two sessions on “Racial Diversity through the Decades in churches of Christ.” He is a graduate of the Nashville Christian Institute, where he had the opportunity to hear the great Marshall Keeble and study with many other inspiring teachers.
Does God still use “regular people” to work His will in the world? Can he use a sheepherder and a seasonal farmer to teach God’s righteousness? Retired Army Chaplain and Education Minister Dr. Les Maloney of the Kings Crossing church of Christ in Corpus Christi will consider these ideas in his lesson: “I’m Not Who You Think I am: God’s Prophet, Amos.”
Lt. Col. Maloney’s two sessions on Jeremiah will take up these questions: “Is it possible to work with God even when you don’t feel like it? Is it possible to put duty ahead of desire and teach those who need to know God?” and “How do we capture hope in our own hearts and then communicate hope in hopeless situations?”
Brentwood Christian School administrator Mel Witcher will teach three sessions: “Preparing the Heart of the Teacher,” “Understanding the Hearts of Our Students” and “Designing Lessons to Touch Minds and Hearts.” The Brentwood Oaks elder holds degrees from Abilene Christian University, the University of North Texas, and the Austin Graduate School of Theology. In 2013, the TCSA named Witcher Teacher of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to Christian Education.
For more information, see the site at crccaustin.org/ctbtw/ or call 512-452-0639.