Prepare Slow and Steady

June 28, 2011

As I have led a Bible Study for new believers over the past five weeks, I have had to study very hard to prepare a concise and precise lesson for the participants. In this process I have been reminded of the value of beginning to prepare early and working a little bit every day, versus preparing last minute and preparing a lot for only a few days before the teaching.

I have noticed that when I prepare the content early and work on it a little bit everyday it helps me retain the content better and allows me to be positively influenced by the material I am about to teach. There have been a few weeks when I was very pressed for time to prepare, and most of my preparation came only a few days before the lesson. Those lessons did not have time to marinate inside of me, and the result, I felt, was less of a personalized message that my group could hear.

This is a principle I have known for a long-time but have had trouble implementing while maintaining my prayer time, keeping family a high priority, working full-time, attending school, and teaching a Bible study. But now, having taught over the past five weeks and worked hard to prepare good lessons, I have been reminded that I need to start early and work a little every day.

When you as a leader work to get ready for talk or to cast vision, take time to work on your talk a little bit every day. Work on slow and steady over a long period of time, and you will probably see good results. 

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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