Bible Quizzing season is among us and for the month of February I am scheduled to be assisting (2) different missionaries in (3) States at (4) Bible Quizzes. In some areas, participation in regional Bible Quizzing is dropping and missionaries and their ministry teams are scratching their heads wondering why and how participation can be increased.
Once again I believe it falls to the passion and interest of leadership. Let me “argue” my case from personal experience.
At a club I previously was a commander, we participated regularly and generally would come home with first place in at least one handbook group. I was the “driving force” behind the club’s participation. I saw the benefit and made sure clubbers knew about it, encouraged participation and made sure clubbers were prepared. When I stepped down as the commander and moved on to a new church plant, that participation in Bible Quizzing ended. A few years later I was asked by that church staff if Bible Quizizng had stopped and if not, why they weren’t doing it. I was able to share that Bible Quizzing was still going on but that they no longer paerticipated simply because the new commander did not have the same passion for Bible Quizzing as I did. He wasn’t familiar with it and it was not a priority as it had been with me. I am not speaking poorly of the new commander, it is just a fact, they do not have the same passion for participating in the regional Bible Quiz as I did.
I wonder why more teams/churches do not participate in regional Bible Quizzing.
- Is it because they don’t know about it?
- Is it because they’ve lost interest?
- Is it because they don’t understand its purpose?
- Is it because they’ve seen it run poorly?
- Is it because they cannot motivate clubbers to participate?
- Are the clubbers & leader schedules so full that they don’t think they have time for it?
It may be a compilation of multiple items, but if we are “Awana” clubs, then why not participate? Remember that Awana stands for “Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed”. What better place to help them share what they’ve learned, not being ashamed, then at a Bible Quiz? It helps re-enforce what they’ve learned in a fun (if run properly), but competitve, atmosphere possibly reaching parents and friends who may come to watch them compete. It becomes a good training ground, building confidence, and great way to share the Gospel.
Now if you thought that this post would give you some practice questions for quizzing, then you’ll be disappointed. For the past week I have been working on which questions to use for Bible Quizzing in a specific region and to help maintain the integrity of quizzing, I do not provide questions to anyone but Awana missionaries (not even my own clubbers preparing for quizzing – they get the same resources available to anyone). The best I can offer are quiz guides and links to other sites/products that are have found to be assests in preparing for quizzing. You can find those by clicking here.
So to conclude, if you have never particpated in quizzing, then observe one and plan to attend next year.
- If you have participated in quizzing, then share with us why you do and why others should participate.
- If you do not participate, then please let me know why not and if anything might encourage you to particpate.