I am an Island
Updated: Jan 29
Singer and song writers Simon and Garfunkel penned these famous lyrics in their song, "I am a Rock":
A winter's day In a deep and dark December I am alone Gazing from my window To the streets below On a freshly fallen, silent shroud of snow I am a rock I am an island...
It may be that this song is focusing on the will to overcome a recent heartbreak. Even so, these lyrics also reflect (in a dramatic way) the isolation some Bible teachers experience. A few years ago I went with my fellow teachers to a Christian teacher's conference. This conference brought together Christian schools in the region for professional development and networking. At the conference I signed up to be part of a Bible teacher round table discussion group. I really didn't know what to expect, unfortunately, I had never met another fellow Bible teacher.
As I entered the room, there was a small group of six people surrounding a large round table. We were all strangers, different ages, ethnicities, and genders, but we had one passion, to point our students to Christ.
We shared some lesson ideas and struggles we encountered. The conversation was valuable and enlightening. We all agreed that finding supplemental materials to support our curriculum was hard to find. This was probably the number one struggle when it came to creating lesson plans. It was encouraging to know I wasn't alone, I wasn't the only one going home worrying about how to engage my students with the Word of God.
If you feel this way, remember you're not alone. We all want our students be excited to study the Word, and yes, a large part of that is the Holy Spirit. However, the Lord can equip us to bring the good news to our students, and I believe this site is one of those ways.
To sum up, here are my two suggestions:
1- Share your phenomenal ideas with Bible Teachers Unite. There's a chance your lesson will be featured on this site and more importantly, you can help another fellow Bible teacher. You can email your lesson plan ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2- Don't make my mistake. I encourage you to network and find other Bible teachers to share your victories and your challenges with, chances are they can relate. The encouragement you bring to each other will not only help you, but probably your students too.