“As the Bible class goes,

so goes the church.”

 
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Who is Teaching Rocket for?

  • Churches with LESS than 65-70% class/worship attendance ratio. The average in the churches of Christ in the U.S. is 55-65%. The vibrancy of our classes can be seen in our attendance.

  • Churches who STRUGGLE to recruit NEW teachers. Are the same people teaching quarter after quarter, year after year? You have a problem.

  • Churches that have considered ELIMINATING their Bible class program. If they only knew how CRITICAL Bible classes are to a church’s current/future health.

  • Churches that do NOT have engaging AND convicting classes. Do your members leave class REFRESHED and EXCITED to face the week's challenges? Bible classes were never meant to be ENDURED.

  • Churches with lots of NEW members, but NO NET growth. Are you struggling to assimilate new members into your family? You need to invest in your Bible classes.

About the Seminar

  • Is there something LACKING in your church’s Bible classes?

  • Are they as ENGAGING or CONVICTING as they should be?

  • Do you STRUGGLE to find people WILLING to teach?

  • Would they be WILLING to teach if only they felt EQUIPPED?

TEACHING ROCKET is a teachers’ training seminar for the local church designed to educate, equip, and empower Bible class teachers of all ages. It has been said, “As the Bible Class goes, so goes the church.” Whether it’s doctrinal instruction, everyday life skills, or interpersonal connection and fellowship, a vibrant education program is vital to a vibrant church. Yet most churches provide little or no training for their teachers.

TEACHING ROCKET provides training across five areas (see below). The seminar can be held on a Friday pm/Saturday am, Saturday only, or on Sunday between morning and evening worship. The total run-time of the seminar is about 5 hours.

About the Sessions

  • Session 1: The Goals of an Education Program. What exactly are we seeking to accomplish when we come together to study the Bible? This session explores the goals of a successful Bible class program—they might not be what you think!

  • Session 2: Preparing & Delivering a Lesson. This session explores a step-by-step process of developing a lesson and tips for delivering the lesson in a classroom setting.

  • Session 3: Keys to Better Bible Study. Knowing how to study the Bible properly is essential to being a dynamic Bible teacher. This section discusses six Bible study habits that are guaranteed to generate material for your lesson.

  • Session 4: Classroom Dynamics. How does a teacher connect with students on an emotional and spiritual level? How can I come up with great discussion questions that reinforce the lesson? How do I handle the person who seems to always dominate the conversation? This session answers those questions and more.

  • Session 5: The Teacher’s Spiritual Life. It’s important that teachers keep themselves spiritually fit in order to maximize their effectiveness over the long haul. Focusing on James 3:1, this session discusses the steps necessary for a teacher to maintain his or her spiritual integrity instead of falling victim to Satan’s schemes. 

About the Instructor

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Michael Whitworth has over twelve years of experience as a pulpit and education minister; he is currently the owner of Start2Finish and author of several commentaries and Bible studies. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his awesome family.

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Testimonials

I highly recommend Michael and his TEACHING ROCKET seminar. They both will be a blessing to you congregationally and personally. You will find this study to be, ‘A Weekend Well Spent.’
— DAN WINKLER, Minister & Author
If you’re looking for ways to engage your Sunday school class, promote meaningful discussions, and encourage deeper spiritual application, I highly recommend Teaching Rocket. Teaching Rocket not only offers fantastic ideas for Bible school teachers, it also provides a wealth of information to enhance your personal Bible study.
— NATALIE MORRIS (M.A. Curriculum & Instruction), Jackson Christian School
Michael Whitworth’s teaching workshop was incredible! Our members can’t stop talking about how great and how much they gained from being a part of this workshop. They keep asking me when Michael is going to come back and do Part 2. His mix of experience, humor, and insightfulness in discussing the education ministry of the church was truly enriching, and we can’t wait to have him back soon!
— JEREMY HINOTE, Involvement Minister, Central Church of Christ (Augusta, GA)
Teaching Rocket was a tremendous blessing to our congregation! Michael’s presentations were informative, engaging, and incredibly practical. I received nothing but positive feedback from those who attended and even had others who requested to hear recordings of the workshop based on the good comments they had heard. Our shepherds immediately talked about bringing Michael back for Teaching Rocket Part 2! If you would like to provide your Bible class teachers with valuable training, or just give your education program a shot in the arm, I highly recommend Teaching Rocket.
— LUKE DOCKERY, Associate Minister, Farmington Church of Christ
I want to thank you again for an absolutely FANTASTIC Teaching Rocket seminar! The material grabbed our attention right from the start and filled us with practical wisdom that we can immediately apply to the classroom. Your method of delivery was engaging and even funny at the appropriate times. I would wholeheartedly recommend Teaching Rocket to any congregation looking to reignite their Bible education program or to take an already great program and make it even better. God bless you for what you are doing and we look forward to having you back again to continue the series!
— DON VIAR, Education Deacon, Jefferson Ave Church of Christ

Available Dates

  • Sat OR Sun, August 3-4

  • Sat OR Sun, August 10-11

  • Sunday, August 18th

  • Saturday, September 8th

  • Sunday, September 15th

  • Sat OR Sun, September 21-22

  • Sat OR Sun, October 12-13

  • Sat OR Sun, October 19-20

  • Sat OR Sun, October 26-27

  • Saturday, November 2nd

  • Sunday, November 10th

  • Sat OR Sun, November 16-17

  • Sat OR Sun, November 23-24

Teaching Rocket 2

About six-twelve months after Part 1, many churches bring Michael back for Teaching Rocket: Part 2. In part 2, Michael discuses the following topics:

  • Session 1: Understanding Seasons of Life. Explores the needs of a person at different ages, as well as the differences between teaching children, teens, and adults. Excellent session for any teacher of any age-group.

  • Session 2: Deeper Bible Study. Explores the various genres of Scripture in-depth (Narrative, Prophecy, Poetry, Epistles, etc.) and discusses how to teach each one appropriately and effectively.

  • Session 3: Organizing the Lesson. We go in-depth into developing a road map for each lesson with a clearly-defined objective. There are also exercises where we learn how to discuss the biblical text (explaining key words, exploring odd details, exegeting the "pillars" of a text).

  • Session 4: Psychology of Learning. This session explores how children, teens, and adults learn and how best to appeal to each season in life in just 40-45 minutes of class.

  • Session 5: Stage-crafting. Whether through bad posture, obnoxious mannerisms, or bad grammar, we can often hinder our ability to be effective teachers. This session discusses how to put our best foot forward when we stand before the audience. Ends with the 10 Commandments of PowerPoint.

After Michael presented his TEACHING ROCKET workshop at Seagoville last year, the elders immediately invited him to come back and present Part 2. He was with us for that purpose on Sunday. I expected Part 2 to be good, but I didn’t see how Michael could match the superb quality of the first seminar with the second. He did, though. His sessions were informative, moving, inspiring, and enjoyable. The hours simply flew by.
— DAVID WRIGHT, Minister, Seagoville Church of Christ
 

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