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Teaching Effectively in Ministry Situations

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Teaching Effectively in Ministry Situations

Leadership Training Curriculum

    Teaching Effectively in Ministry Situations

    UNDERSTANDING HOOK, BOOK, LOOK, TOOK

Purpose: This lesson will teach you how to prepare a Bible study or group discussion using a

    specific method called Hook, Book, Look, Took.

Objectives: By the end of the lesson you will be able to:

    1) Put together an effective group Bible study.

    2) Know how to guide the discussion using strategic questions.

Note to instructor: After discussing this method with the class, you could divide them into groups of

    about four. You could give all the groups a passage of Scripture and ask them to make up a hook

    for the passage. This would have to be done after finding the meaning of the passage by doing the

    Book and Took sections. Do this by using the outline on page 5. Some suggested passages: John

    15:1-11; John 3:1-16; John 4:1-42; Luke 10:25-37; Philippians 2:1-8; Philippians 4:4-13. If

    possible, you could plan ahead the week before this is to be taught and assign Scripture passages to

    the students to work on during the week before the class.

Note to instructor: You may want to demonstrate using a hook at the beginning of class. Here are

    a couple of ideas.

    1.) Ask, “What is needed to catch fish?” [Let students share various answers. They may include

    bait, hook, etc. Perhaps share a fishing story you may have in which you did/didn’t “hook” one.]

    “What is needed to catch people’s attention?” [Let students share various answers.] “We want

    to look today at how we can catch people’s attention, and hold their attention as we work with

    the Lord to see discipleship and spiritual growth take place.”

    2.) Ask, “Who likes a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich? I don’t like cold bacon on my

    sandwich. I like hot bacon. I like a hot bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. An H.B.L.T. That

    will really catch my attention. Have I caught your attention and made you feel hungry? Another

    thing that will catch someone’s attention is another H.B.L.T.: Hook, Book, Look, Took.”

    Instructor needs to have copies of Follow-up #2 “Your New Life in God’s Love” available to hand out to the students. If the follow-up series (used by Campus Crusade for Christ on college

    campuses) is not being used by the training, bring copies of the follow-up that are used in the

    training. Bring copies of the follow-up related to experiencing God’s love by confessing our sin/spiritual breathing. These will be handed out at the end and students assigned to prepare a

    “Hook, Book, Look, Took” on this follow-up, and to bring their HBLT to class next week.

Good questions are the key to success in leading a guided discussion. In any guided discussion or

    Bible study, the teacher/facilitator should have a specific outcome that he or she wants to lead the

    group to. This is generally a response or application of the lesson to the students’ lives. We have

    found that preparation beforehand is crucial to the effectiveness of the group. Following is a

    description of a method called Hook, Book, Look, Took that will help you put together your own Bible

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study in an interesting and effective manner. You will also find suggestions designed to help you to

    construct good questions to fit the Hook / Book / Look / Took Outline.

    This closely relates to the Bible Study method which uses Observation, Interpretation, and

    Application.

The Hook/Book/Look/Took method focuses on four main aspects of any group study. You must first

    grab the students’ attention in order to introduce the lesson and lead them to want to be involved in the

    material. The second area of concentration needs to be the Bible since you can not have a Bible study

    without looking into God’s Word. After reading Scripture and seeing the Biblical truths revealed, the

    learners must also then take these truths and see what they mean. Finally from here, application of the

    text to the student’s own lives must be made.

Before you can teach a lesson, you must start by preparing the lesson in advance. This may seem

    obvious, but it needs to continually be stated. If you do not plan ahead how you are going to address

    the four parts of the study, you can be assured that the students’ will know and that the lesson will not

    a success. When preparing your discussion, you must have a specific objective(s) in mind for where

    you want the discussion to end up. Objectives are vital in helping you determine if the group was

    successful and in helping you evaluate the effectiveness of the lesson.

On the next pages, you will find a chart outlining the Hook/Book/Look/Took method. This chart will

    explain what each portion of the method is and its purpose, will give examples of how to utilize and

    apply each part, and will also give sample questions that will help you determine the types of questions

    you need to ask to bring the group to the point of personal application. You will also find several hook

    ideas that will help you introduce a variety of subjects that you may be studying, and then you will find

    a sample outline that you can use to organize your own studies.

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    EXPLANATION OF HOOK/BOOK/LOOK/TOOK

     PURPOSE SUGGESTED HOW TO'S EXAMPLES

    ? What makes people happy? HOOK ? Should appeal to discussion. - To get attention. ? How do you get rich? ? Should be focused on the

    - To set a goal for discussion. ? What are you living for? group’s needs and/or interests. - To act as a transition to the ? What makes a good friend? ? Shouldn’t necessarily be Bible discussion. Biblical in nature but set the - See attached "Hook Ideas. stage for it.

    ? Should not be answerable with

    a Yes or No.

    ? Should be simple and direct.

     BOOK ? Should relate to the Hook ? What in the book of - To lead the learner to discover portion of your discussion. Philippians brings Paul joy Biblical truths. ? Should help in the discovery or causes him to rejoice? - To aid the learner in of the facts, usually by ? Who is talking to whom in understanding the truths beginning with, Who?, What?, this verse(s)? discovered. How?, Why? ? Where did this take place? - Make observations. ? Should clarify and define the ? Why do you think the

    truths discovered. passage(s) or verse(s) is

    here?

    ? Why is Paul joyful even LOOK ? Should summarize the facts

    - To guide the learner to amidst adverse discovered and draw out the

    formulate the truths into circumstances? principles or truths.

    principles to which he can ? What can we learn from ? Should help clarify and

    respond. Paul about a joyful attitude? formulate the truth(s) so

    - Sets the stage for application. ? How can you tell when a application can be made.

    person is joyful?

    ? How do you plan to TOOK ? Should bring the discovered

    - To make personal, specific demonstrate joy this week truth to a level of practical,

    application of the Biblical (Be Specific)? personal application.

    truths discovered. ? In what specific situation do ? Should help the individual see - Desire specific, changed you plan to display joy this how the truth can be behavior. week? specifically applied to his life. ? Think of a situation at ? Should not be general and _____(Home, School, Work, vague. Have group members etc.), where you have not write out their planned been joyful but will trust the application and share it with Lord to make you joyful. the group.

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    Hook Ideas

    1. Agree/Disagree sheet.

2. "Buzz groups" - Divide the group into pairs and have them discuss a question. Then have the

    group come back together and share their answers with everyone.

3. Case study - Read a story or illustration that is related to the lesson and ask questions about it.

4. Relate a current event or movie to the lesson.

5. Use a story from a devotional book that relates to the lesson.

6. Have a "mini-debate." Divide the group and defend opposing views that relate to the lesson.

7. Have the group draw stick figures of a situation or subject and share them with the group.

8. Have the group close their eyes and visualize a memory. Remember sights, sounds, touch, and

    tastes. Pick a memory that relates to the Bible Study lesson.

9. Use secular magazine ads or newspapers to create a collage that could double as a message

    from God (i.e., if the topic is on assurance of your salvation, then cut out phrases from

    magazines like: "Lifetime guarantee;" "Here's an unprecedented anti-aging complex").

10. Use a tape at the beginning with a brief talk or song that relates to the topic.

11. Do a Word Study - (eg. "to be filled" - Similar to wind filling the sail on a boat. Bring a toy

    sail boat and bowl of water and illustrate the direction and power of the boat when you blow on

    the sail. Or, bring a little fan and a plastic bag. Turn the fan on and illustrate the effect on

    filling the bag with wind from the fan.)

12. Do a small skit or "stage an argument" about the topic.

    a. Gossip - Send three people out of the room and stage a conflict. Have one after the other

    explain the conflict and see if the story changes.

    b. Discipleship/Modeling - Have one person try to "mirror" funny movements of another

    person.

    c. Trust - Have someone fall backwards into the arms of a "trustworthy object."

    d. Involvement in a local Church - Stage a fight over the topic by arranging beforehand to

    have a "discussion" with a Bible study member on whether you need to attend church or

    not. You should take opposing views. Don't let the others in the study know that this is a

    pre-planned discussion. Allow the others to join into the conversation. Then introduce the

    Ten Basic Steps #1, lesson 6 on "Church."

13. Match Scriptures with statements.

14. Brainstorm an idea.

15. Bring items to illustrate the topic. For example:

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    a. Multiplication - bring dried peas and a checkerboard; double the peas on each square of the

    checkerboard.

    b. Relationship vs. fellowship - Bring a picture of your family to talk about the fact that you

    will always be related to your family.

    c. Dealing with temptation - Bring a plate full of brownies with a "Do Not Touch" sign.

    d. Fact, Faith and Feeling - Bring a toy train and label the sides.

Assignment:

    Prepare a “Hook, Book, Look, Took” for Follow-up Lesson #2 “Your New Life in God’s

    Love.” Photocopy and use the outline on page 5 of the notes (page 6 in Teacher’s Notes). Be

    prepared to share what you came up with during class next week when the students will be

    broken up into small groups.

Discussion Questions:

    1. How would you put together an effective group Bible study?

    2. What are some ways to guide a discussion using strategic questions?

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    Sample Lesson Planning Chart

    The following is designed to help you construct good questions to fit the Hook/Book/Look/Took outline.

Lesson Title:

Objectives: To Know:

    To Feel:

    To Do

     OBJECTIVES QUESTIONS / IDEAS

    (What I want them to know, feel or do) (What I need to ask or do)

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