One of the more interesting assignments I had was to be prepared to teach Elders Quorum if the instructor did not make it.
Then I was asked to teach the lessons so that others could teach them the way I was teaching them.
That basically meant making the structure more and more obvious while keeping what we were doing a facilitated discussion.
The general outline was to first have people talk about their week and how last week’s lesson came to mind or other things that happened that were important.
We then (in randomized order) had people read sections of the text of the lesson and then comment on what they had read, generally using prepared questions pertinent to the section or their own thoughts.
We then had people talk about any issues they were anticipating for the next week that the lesson might apply to.
A real key was encouraging everyone to participate and not worrying about using all the material. We would get as far as we got.
I was then transferred to teaching high priests.
When we moved, I was asked to teach high priests again. We had an excellent group of guys. Intelligent. Well read. Many who had served in bishoprics or stake presidencies.
Because of the “up or out” and “leadership as training” nature of our area and the large number most had no callings.
My wife immediately told me I needed to feed them each week and for the next several years (until we transferred out of the ward) she made them food.
The combination of facilitated discussion and food began to create an environment that re-engaged everyone and created fellowship.
The picture is of the time my wife made them ribs.
The lesson manuals often include various advice and tools on how to facilitate a class. The actual tools have a broad reach
In addition the Church has manuals https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/bc/content/ldsorg/topics/self-reliance/facilitating-groups-na-eng.pdf?download=true&lang=eng
Other groups also appreciate the approach https://faithandleadership.com/facilitation-101-tips-pastor-peer-groups
- How often have you had a lesson where the focus was on the members of the class teaching each other?
- How often have you had a teacher follow the advice to have engagement over completion of the material?
- Do you think that having regular refreshments for adults would build community?
- What else could we do to build engagement and learning into classes at church?
- What changes in focus would you suggest?