Jesus Invested Heavily into Adult Ministry

Jesus Taught Adults

Did you ever notice how heavily Jesus invested into adults?  Ever wonder why He didn’t emphasize children and youth more?  We know Jesus loved and valued children (Mk. 10:13-16) but we do not read of a concerted effort to teach or disciple them like He did with adults.

Perhaps it had to do with the culture of that day but maybe it also was because He viewed parents as the primary disciplers of their children (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4).  Even adults who never have had children themselves should be role models for the younger generations (Matt. 18:5-6).  Regardless of the reason, we can know that adult ministry is important if we follow Jesus’ precedence.  The question is why we don’t invest as much, or more, into our adult ministries as we do children and youth ministry.  Possibly it is because of . . .

1)  The myth that adults already have a good understanding of the Bible.

The reality is that many adults are illiterate when it comes to the Bible.  Some adults sitting in your classes outwardly appear to have it together but inwardly struggle to apply what they do know in every day living.  And, some you think are Christians may not have truly put their trust in Jesus Christ. The Some Outreach Do’s & Don’ts in the Adult Classroom Worksheet, available through the store, provides some outreach tips for the adult classroom.

2)  The thinking that children are more pliable.

By the time a person is an adult, they have built walls around them.  If that is the case then help your teachers of adult classes learn how to break down those walls.  A training session with PowerPoint slides called Breaking Walls Down Training Session for Teachers of Adults, available through the store, will help with that.

Teacher Training Resources:  Teaching Adult Classes

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