I am only too glad to voice a word of endorsement for your lessons. Every item you mentioned is certainly true and I would say that all of them are reasons that a Sunday School Teacher who wants to do their best ought to be using them. One other reason that I like them is that so many times they have caused me to take a second look at a verse of scripture to find that there is a deeper question to ponder than just the "standard" meaning that most are used to applying to that verse. May our Lord and the Holy Spirit continue to lead in your life. Thank you for your ministry in this special area.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Teacher, Couples aged 55 - 70.
These lessons worked great for priming the pump to start discussions in Chapel Bible Study groups when I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Jerry Shacklett Chaplain(CPT)
Kentucky National Guard
Full Time Support Chaplain
1/623d FA(MLRS)BN Chaplain
Your helps are a huge treasure trove in presenting lessons that engage and connect adults to the Bible and also to each other. I know many other teachers at First Baptist who have also come to appreciate how your lesson questions help them consider new ideas and directions. These questions are so memorable that attendees keep these in mind all week. Keep up the great work!
Minister of Education
First Baptist Church
I teach Adults in their 30s. I use the lesson helps almost every Sunday. They drastically shorten my lesson preparation times and get people talking. People really respond to the conversational style of teaching. The lesson helps epitomize Proverbs 27:17 - "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." NIV With the lesson helps, I have grown from a half-decent teacher to a good teacher who teaches better than half-decent lessons. Keep up the great work for the glory of God.
Mr. Kelly Brady,
Adult III Sunday School Teacher
Faith Baptist Church
Wichita Falls, TX.
I have been a frequent user od Good Questions for a few years now as a Sunday School teacher of adults between the ages of 30 and 60. The lessons have been invaluable in not only providing me with many questions I use but also in fueling my creative juices in coming up with questions and approaches of my own. My background has been straight teaching but since I have used this resource in my class the feedback has been outstanding. The students love the level of interaction and it is great to see minds actively at work together. Thanks Josh,
Silverdale Baptist Church Silverdale
I've been a Josh Hunt fan for several years...since the publication of his first book. What most attracted me to Josh's vision was his approach to teaching. Rather than advocating the often pretentious style of lecturing ("let me show you what I know"), Josh compels teachers to lead with questions, the type that "get people talking". Where Good Questions has been most valuable to me is in the days after I've completed my lesson preparation. I'll look at Josh's questions and see if, in his study of the same texts, he has come up with a type of question that I have missed or not previously considered. In other words, I use Good Questions as sort of an "outside the box" resource to give me a second set of eyes on the topic as I am polishing my lesson.
Ashland Avenue Baptist Church
I teach an adult Sunday School Class and use The Good Questions each and every week. They have worked out great for our church.
Crittenden Christian Church
We’ve just begun using Good Questions, but the response from my teachers has been overwhelmingly positive! Even some of our “older groups” have been positive. While the teachers are obviously unable to utilize all the questions, they have been excited about “picking and choosing” to jumpstart their lesson discussions. Good job, Bro. Josh!
Pastor Flint River Baptist Church
Hazel Green, AL
For several years, my wife, Beverly, and I have team-taught an adult couples Sunday School class at East Sherman Baptist Church, Sherman, Texas. We have found Josh Hunt's teaching helps to be most helpful, not only in providing us with additional insight into the Scripture study, but also encouraging class participation through the use of his study questions.
As a minister of education and trainer for adult Sunday School teachers, I like these lessons because
…the three accountability questions asked each week keep the group on track for outreach and spiritual accountability
…the opening question is a great conversation starter and icebreaker giving opportunity for everyone to share
…the opening question levels the playing field, allowing everyone, even new people, to share and become part of the group
…the number and variety of questions are easily inserted into other lesson plans.
Minister of Education
I like Josh's lessons from the Bible because he asks good, open ended questions. It's pretty easy to teach something in a lecture mood. It is quite another thing to come up with insightful, thought provoking questions that stimulate discussion in a classroom setting. His questions engage the class and take them to a deeper spiritual level.
Brenham Bible Church
Brenham, Texas class
Married with children at home
My teaching style is leading a class through directed discussion. Josh's questions (whether it's the "ice breakers" or the "meatier" questions) help spur class members to join in on that discussion.
Minister of Adult Education & Outreach
First Baptist Church
New Boston, Texas
I have just recently renewed our subscription. Since we started using Good Questions (about three years ago), it has become an extremely valuable tool for our teachers and leaders. Thanks for helping us accomplish our mission in teaching the Word!
Rev. Alvin Hobgood
North Metro First Baptist
The ideas from Good Questions always give me fresh, new ideas to assist in my Sunday School lesson preparation. Many of these ideas are things I would have never thought of. These ideas stimulate class interaction and discussion, which in turn, result in positive feedback and spiritual growth ini my class members.
Sunday School Director
I provide the questions from Good Questions to all of my adult department teachers (46). The number one comment I receive from them is: “These questions really help when I have to get a last minute substitute. They encourage discussion and get the dialogue moving in my class.” As a Minister of Education, I want to say thank you to Josh Hunt for providing this service. It sure make my job a little easier.
Associate Pastor of Adult Ministry
Manley Baptist Church
Josh, I have been using your lessons in my preparation for teaching an adult Sunday school class for years. I use a group study method of teaching, dividing the text into two to four sections and preparing questions for each section. The class is divided into the appropriate number of groups and challenged to answer the questions based on their assigned text and then report their conclusions to the remainder of the class. I often use some of your questions along with some of my own to get the students involved in studying the Bible text to find answers, which is a skill all Christians need. I do look at other sources, including Lifeway's online sources. However, the final questions used are tailored to my perception of the needs of the class. I teach median to senior adults in a small Southern Baptist church in Wisconsin.
Josh Hunt’s “Good Questions” is a wonderful supplement and enhancement to our Bible Study experience at Zion Baptist Church . These lessons always provide insight into the focal passage and really connect the learner through thought-provoking conversation.
Assoc Pastor of Education
Zion Baptist church
I use Good Questions every Sunday in preparing to teach my Sunday School Class. These lessons spark conversation about the passage we are studying. And, when people are in dialogue they are learning.
Walnut Street Baptist Church
I am not a member of the clergy. I am a lay member who teaches an adult Sunday School class. I’ve tried lectures and slick power point presentations, but nothing stimulates thoughtful conversation in my class like the lessons and questions that I find in the Josh’s Good Questions. Thanks for providing such a powerful resource.
Nolen's Accounting and Tax Service Inc
4700 E Reno Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
My husband and I find the questions very helpful. We use them every Sunday for small group discussions in our SS class of nearly 40 people. By putting sheets of questions on the tables, it allows for 6 discussions to go on at one time. Everyone who wishes to participate gets a chance. These questions seem to make the lessons more applicable to our lives. What good is it to know the Bible and not think through as to what it means to us today? We see such a benefit to having the discussions. New people are more quickly brought into the group because they are interacting from their first visit. Everyone is a participant instead of a spectator. It would be hard to go back to a lecture class in which there is only a minimal amount of interaction.
I personally chose your literature to use in teachers meetings, to pass on occasionally to our Sunday School Director, and for use in other areas of our church. Your literature seems to target areas of growth and potential that I see in our area. Since I have only been at this location for a short time, I am eager to use and apply as much as I can to see our Sunday School grow because I believe that Sunday School is still the outreach arm or the church. We hope to be able to send you some better figures six monthd later. Yours In Christ
Union Grove Baptist Church
18957 Highway 69
Coffeeville, Al. 36524
I've been using the lessons/questions from Josh for over a year now and I haven't been disappointed. As a pastor I spend a lot of time on sermon preparation and ministry. I teach a SS class that I call the Pairs and Spares. They are made up of couples and singles in their 30's. These questions have opened up a lot of discussion among the class. What I have found is that somewhere during the lesson there comes a "teachable" moment. Most often that moment occurs as different people answer the questions and the lights start coming on in their hearts. Josh's lessons have been a big help in my ministry. I encourage you to give it a try...I believe you'll like it.
Second Baptist Church
I just want to write you and let you know how much I enjoy using The Good Questions. I teach a class of 40 adults, ages 40 to 60, each Sunday. Because I teach most of the time I need your lessons that correspond to the Lifeway Explore the Bible series not only for lesson preparation but just to get the conversation going. I am not a lecture teacher but one who insists that the people participate and you know something, with the questions that a part of your lessons, I have never had any trouble getting people to take part in the discussions. Your lessons also provide us with valuable insight to the section of the Bible we are studying. I would be lost without these lessons so continue on and I thank the Lord for you.
Cherokee Hills Baptist Church
I use your lesson help almost every week. The questions are great for getting discussion started in my class. I teach the 20-30 year old young married adult class at Anthony Grove Baptist Church, Crouse, NC. Thanks for the help.
I like these lessons because they are practical, relevant, and bring the Scriptures to life in our home Bible studies.
Dr. Richard Thompson Pastor,
Geneva Baptist Church
(These are adult home Bible studies.)
I have found them helpful. I have taught Sunday School in a "lecture" format and found people with eyes glassed over struggling to pay attention...not sure if this is due to my uninteresting lessons at times, Sunday School being early or the format in general. I have found that a class full of discussion and engaging conversation about the scripture is one that most everyone seems to enjoy more than a lecture or a second sermon on Sunday morning. Because of this, I like your format for a Sunday School class...one that engages people and gets them thinking about what the Bible is saying and how they can apply it practically to their lives. This helps us to do exactly what scripture says...to exhort the brethren. When we hear each others experiences of faith and how God's word has helped us, it encourages us along our way. I tend to use many of your questions, my own and some from other Sunday School literature to help me put together my final lesson. I do believe that all of your bullet points listed below apply at one level or another. Thanks for the great lessons.
Adult Sunday School teacher
Living Waters Church of God
I have been teaching adult Sunday School classes now for about 25 years and from my vantage point, the learning culture of our day has changed dramatically. Christian adults spend far too little time reading scripture as a practice, perhaps as a result of the amazing pace our society has chosen to adopt, perhaps because we have "automated" every process.
However, Christian adults have not lost their interest in understanding Biblical truth and how to apply it to their lives. I have found through verbal engagement with the truth as it is presented from scrioture adults will deeply comprehend scripture much more readily and discover through the process how truth can impact their lives. I have as well seen open discussion as a non-threatening way for non-Church adults to engage Christians and Christian truth comfortably. Your lesson materials have helped make this possible. They allow me to either build entire lessons around your questions or use the questions intersperced with other lesson outlines so that adults can engage each other and Biblical truth.
First Baptist Church
Adult learners: ages 40 - 55
Josh Hunt’s questions help me to focus on the key point(s) of the scripture and the lesson.
Josh Hunt’s questions help me to avoid the minutia of many lesson writers and to focus on the key point(s) of the scripture and the lesson.
Josh Hunt’s questions help me to prepare a lesson that gets everyone involved in the discussion.
I don’t have to lecture with Josh Hunt’s strategy for getting everyone involved in the discussion! That lessens my preparation time and avoids people getting bored with my talking!
Phillip S. Boggs,
First Baptist Church,
Senior adults, singles/couples ages late 50's to mid 80's. All very active adults.
The Good Questions is a quick easy access resource that complements almost any lesson. The lessons provide a great easy to use resource to pass along to any one who needs to step in, even at the last moment to teach a class. There are two resources that I turn to the most in lesson preparation – Good Questions and the Serendipity Bible. Both are excellent in guiding learners into God’s word and to draw out their life experiences as it relates to His word.
First Baptist Church
The lessons save me much time and provide questions that stimulate discussion. I also get insight that had not previously occurred to me as I studied. Thanks for your great contributions to my study processes.
Bible Study Teacher of Senior Adults
Mt. Olive Baptist Church