An Evangelistic Bible School by Andy Erwin

     For a Bible school program to achieve its greatest possible good, those involved (either as directors, teachers, or students) must be dedicated to evangelism and use this work to bring lost souls to Christ.

     Spiritual growth and edification do not have to be the only benefit gained through a solid Bible school program.  Congregations can also use this effort to help the church grow numerically.

     In order to make the Bible school more evangelistic, each class should stress an emphasis on its growth.  Each class should be dedicated to recruiting new students and seeing growth in the number of enrollees.  We not only want souls to attend our Bible school, but to enroll.  We want souls to feel a commitment to the program.

     Such an invitation should be extended by the students and teachers to visitors and/or a visitor’s parents.  By taking the first step and asking a soul to enroll in the Bible school, you will not only help them to learn more of God’s word in that setting, but you will also be developing a relationship with them that could lead to studying with them at a more opportune time in a more in-depth way if needed.

     We should want our Bible study program to become an instrument of growth for the congregation.  From this effort, we should expect to see lost souls come to know the Lord.

     Time should be allotted during each session to pray for the lost, specifically those with which we are presently working.  We should also be found discussing plans for visiting in the upcoming week, and even reviewing what has been done in the previous week or weeks.  Allotting time each week for evangelism will keep the class aware of the emphasis we are placing on the growth of the congregation through its Bible classes and their responsibility in this cause.

Leadership Is Key

     Each congregation’s leadership should be directing and encouraging the growth of its Bible school program.  We must continue to stress the need for elders to accept responsibility in organizing and administering activities for the growth of the Bible school.

     One such activity is campaigning for the Bible school.  Enrollment campaigns should be done on a personal basis.  Such campaigns have for the most part become a thing of the past.  Quite frankly, many good works which brought success have become a thing of the past and we are now reaping from the lackluster effort we have sown.

     Encourage your elders to be the leaders of the Bible school, rather than facilitators.  Elders should be open to brainstorming ideas with members, preachers, and teachers, hearing concerns, and training teachers.

     Time should be given to forming a Bible School Handbook for the congregation.

     A deacon or capable member should be placed as a director of the Bible school program.  He should be someone who understands the concept of an evangelistic Bible school and the importance of sound organization, communication, and most of all doctrine.

     A secretary for the Bible school program can be appointed to organize paper work on the classes and recruiting records.

     A curriculum should be set in place with a variety of classes offered for students according to available manpower.

     Teachers and substitute teachers should be recruited and teacher prospects should be trained adequately.  All teachers should have adequate training for the classroom and personal evangelism.

     Hold regular meetings for the teachers to come together and discuss their prospect lists and those with whom they are working and recruiting for their Bible classes.

     By applying the following objectives, a congregation will establish its expectations for the Bible school and clearly present what the leaders are hoping to accomplish and provide for the best possible learning experience and environment for all who are involved.

Objectives for the BSP

     Objectives should include but are not limited to the following:

  • To use the Lord’s treasury wisely in supplying the necessary tools and supplies required for the Bible school program.
  • To use the best and most capable teachers in the Bible school program. Not everyone should be asked to teach.  Every teacher must first teach by their example before being allowed to teach in the classroom.
  • To use the faithful teachers we are blessed to have in training and developing faithful Bible teachers for coming generations.
  • To use Bible school enrollment as a key factor in bringing lost souls to Christ.
  • To use the Bible school in an effective way by following up with visitors, even visiting children and their parents.
  • To offer as wide a variety of classes, subject matter, and diversity among teacher styles as possible to educate teen-agers, young adults, and adult classes.
  • To provide a setting conducive to learning with a comfortable, relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere allowing the students to feel comfortable to discuss the Scriptures in a free-flowing way.
  • To offer adult classes conducive to adult education with the students learning to study and interpret the Scriptures for themselves.
  • To provide adults with the opportunity to grow spiritually through our Bible school program to the degree that they have become capable teachers, possible preachers, and greater personal evangelists.
  • To offer a “first principles” class perpetually for those who have recently obeyed the gospel to continue learning at their own speed or those who are visiting and have yet to obey the gospel.

     Do we need to renew our commitment to the Bible school program?  Are we doing our very best to make it the very best learning experience?

     Many times in life we are faced with the opportunity to stop and examine what we are doing.  Perhaps now is an appropriate time for our home congregation to exercise this judgment and closely evaluate its Bible school.

     Whatever we do for God must be done with the hope of accomplishing the greatest possible good.  Let us pray and work for the education of the saved and lost alike through our Bible school program.  Truly, this is the greatest possible good we could ever do.