Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Creator or Curator?

Do you craft lessons "from scratch," just from your personal study of the Word and praying for your students? That's the "Creator" approach. Or do you work from existing lessons, perhaps adjusting and tweaking and tailoring for your students needs at this time? That's the "Curator" approach.

I think Great Bible Teachers should be able to use both approaches.

Here's how the guys at Head Heart Hand describe these two approaches for crafting sermons:

Creators are preachers who pour over the Scriptures, and think deeply upon them, prayerfully meditating and reflecting upon God’s Word. When they begin sermon preparation, they begin with their Bibles, not commentaries. And they don’t open another book (or Logos!) until they feel they have really exhausted their own minds and hearts.
Curators, in contrast, are preachers who do very little of their own thinking and meditating on the Scriptures. They mainly read commentaries and theologies, and listen to others' sermons. They then cut and paste it all together. Their sermons are usually sound and well organized, but often somewhat stale and predictable.

Across the Bible teachers I know and know of, far too many teachers shy away from the "Creator" approach, and far too many do the "Curator" approach poorly.

If you'd like to do both well, check out Teach the Bible to Change Lives. Your students need you to be the best teacher you can be. Don't sell yourself short, either! You'll learn more and have more fun in the process when you use both Creator and Curator approaches.

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