When I was an adjunct professor at Pacific Life Bible College from 1999-2006, I used a textbook called Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks in my first year class, Bible Research. This was perhaps one of the most practical books I have ever found on the topic of Bible Study, and I was greatly blessed as I watched dozens – if not hundreds of Bible College students learn how to read, study and interpret the Scriptures, and enjoy doing it, too.
Recently, I came across another book by Howard Hendricks called Teaching to Change Lives, a book with Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive. As someone who is dedicated to being a lifelong learner, and always wanting to hone my teaching skills, I read the book. I was glad I did!
This is a very practical book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to become a better communicator. Here are some of the highlights and quotes from the book that really stood out for me, taken from the original version of this book (1987 edition):
Teaching to Change Lives:
“The effective teacher always teaches from the overflow of a full life. The Law of the Teacher, simply stated, is this: If you stop growing today, you stop teaching tomorrow.”
When Hendricks asked one of his teachers what keeps him studying, the teacher’s reply was: “Son, I would rather have my students drink from a running stream than a stagnant pool.”
“In the search for good teachers, I always look for FAT people – those who are Faithful, Available, and Teachable.”
“Maintain a consistent study and reading program. Understand that leaders are readers, and readers are leaders… The two factors that will influence you most in the years ahead are the books you read and the people you’re around.”
“Enroll in continuing education courses… In all my years I’ve never found a lay man or woman with a significant spiritual ministry who does not also have a strong personal intake of God’s Word. Many of us who are “under” the word of God are not “in” it for ourselves – getting into it and letting it get into us.”
“The way people learn determines how you teach. This is the Law of Education.”
“The teacher must excite and direct the learner’s self-activities, and, as a rule, tell the learner nothing – and do nothing for him – that he can learn or do for himself. Therefore, what’s important is not what you do as a teacher, but what the learners do as a result of what you do.”
“The Law of Activity tells us that Maximum learning is always the result of maximum involvement.”
“Your task as a communicator is not to impress people, but to impact them; not just to convince them, but to change them.”
“Psychologists tell us we have the potential of remembering only up to 10 percent of what we hear… If we add seeing to hearing, our potential for remembering goes up to 50 percent. That’s why visual aids are so important… What about adding doing to seeing and hearing? This combination brings the percentage of memory up to 90 percent.”
“Studying the life of the Savior, the greatest Teacher, makes it clear that he didn’t cram a lot of heads full of a collection of theological facts. No, he involved his disciples in the process so that later the pagan world was compelled to testify, “These are they who have turned the world upside down.”
- If you are a teacher or preacher, I want to challenge you to hone your craft and become the best you can be!