Dr. Houston Heflin

Articles by this Author

  1. Training and Teaching Methods of Volunteer Teachers

    Spring 2014, Small Group Ministries — Pages 24-32

    This article presents partial results from a self-report questionnaire of volunteer adult Bible class (Sunday school) teachers from Protestant churches across the United States. The survey questions sought to reveal the current teaching practices and methods of volunteer teachers as well as to identify the training needs of these teachers. Respondents (n = 121) were from 11 denominations in 15 states and were predominantly male. This article describes the results found about the number of years respondents have been teaching, frequency of teaching each year, hours they spend preparing to teach each week, size of classes they teach, type of curriculum they use, frequency of particular teaching methods, and types of training they have previously had and would welcome in the future. There was a mild relationship (r = .302, p < 0.001) between the total number of teaching methods used and the total number of training experiences teachers had experienced. Implications for equipping volunteer teachers are discussed.

    KeyWords: volunteer teachers, Sunday school, teaching methods, teacher training

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  2. Walking Ancient Paths: Revisiting Roles for Service in Youth Ministry

    Fall 2006 — Pages 316-329

    This article considers how the work of youth ministry flows from an understanding of the minister's identity. Ten roles for professional and volunteer youth workers are offered as a theological framework through which to view ministry. These roles reflect the identity of Jesus and represent the multiple tasks of youth ministry. Implications are briefly discussed as they relate to individual giftedness, recruiting volunteers, and hiring youth ministers.

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