Last night at church was a night of blank stares. Not just a few blank stares, but lots and lots of blank stares and not just for hard questions like “how might this apply to your life” no, for direct, no thinking questions too. Here is a sample exchange:
Me: The foundations of discipleship are community and the scripture. What is one of the foundations of discipleship?
Them: (Blank Stares)
Crickets: chrrrp, chrrrp
That may be a slight exaggeration, but only a slight one. We had something similar happen last week, so this week I added some video to the mix to try to help with the retention factor. But once again I was met with blank stares.
Now, I would like to blame it all on the students, but I know that isn’t the case. They aren’t the ones who are paid to teach. They aren’t the ones who are charged with the task of relating the truths of the Bible. That’s my job, so I am doing a serious rethink of what we are doing and why.
As I think about it, I don’t think that it is the material as much as it is the method. It is a method that requires something of them, and they are just not really used to that. My group has evolved beyond what I realized so now I need to find a way to bring them back to a place where they can share openly and engage in some real discussion. I am thinking that next week as much as teaching the Bible I am going to teach how to interact with the text and each other.
Hopefully I can find a way to do this that doesn’t just give us a whole bunch of new blank stares.