We often think of object lessons as a teaching method to use with children. Yet, if you think about it, Jesus, the Master Teacher, used objects in His teaching which focused primarily on adults.
The basics of presenting an object lesson are the same when using them with children or adults so the Tips for Using Object Lessons Worksheet could apply to teachers of both children and adults.
While the basics are the same, here’s a word of caution when using object lessons with adults:
Don’t insult their intelligence.
Yet, don’t over-complicate it thinking that you must “get deeper” with adults. Do not equate deep with complicated, over-detailed, or going in too many directions. Object lessons, whether for children or adults, should be simple and teach one main truth
Most books with object lesson ideas are geared to children. Just look under resources on the Object Lessons Teacher Training Resources page and you will see what I mean. Some of the ideas in the books geared to children or youth could work with adults with a few tweaks but if you allow yourself to think even just a little bit creatively, you can probably come up with some of your own ideas.
- Develop the lesson content first and then look around you for objects that might help illustrate it. Guard against building your lesson content around an object.
- Think of when it would be most appropriate to use an object. An object lesson, especially for adults, does not have to consume the entire lesson.