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Handbook Time: Fun or Frenzy?

By Katherine Cooper

LEADER PREPARATION

  1. Begins before club night!
    • Pray for each Clubber before class and during the week
  2. Know your handbook!
    • Be familiar with the handbooks and requirements
    • Work through the handbooks with the clubbers

CLUBBER PREPARATION

  1. Challenge them!
    • Outside club—5 Minute Challenge
  2. Train them!
    • Spiritual Success
    • Let aggressive clubbers help other clubbers who don’t have help at home,
    • Build self-esteem
    • Work together—team concepts
    • They will do what they see you do.

PURPOSE OF HANDBOOK TIME

  1. Memorize God;s Word.
    • Grow Spiritually—Greatest Computer is the human brain
  2. Understand and apply God’s Word.
    • Learn how to apply what you learn.
  3. Get them to finish their handbooks.
    • Challenge clubbers
  4. Get to know your clubbers.
    • Call clubbers on birthdays and special days.
  5. Encourage your clubbers.
    • Praise for memory, not flattery.
    • Absent— Phone and simply say “We missed you,”
    • If having trouble with Handbook, offer  help.

 

GOALS FOR HANDBOOK TIME

  1. See every clubber legitimately saved.
  2. See every clubber grow spiritually  (finish handbooks). A completed handbook alone, is not a sign of spiritual growth.
  3. See them bare fruit (reproduce themselves as Christians).
    • Teach them to set goals for themselves and how to achieve them.

PROBLEM AREAS OF HANDBOOK TIME

  1. Getting parents help.
    • Relationship between parents
    • Introduce yourself to clubbers parents—first name basis
  2. Leader/Clubber ratio.
    • Keep ratio down as much as possible
  3. Clubbers not bringing their books.
    • Bonus Points
    • Extra points for sections signed or initialed by parents
    • Train the clubbers to carry their handbooks and Bibles
  4. Clubbers unprepared and not motivated.
    • Experiment- Special outings—- Be creative.
  5. Clubbers finishing their books before the end of the year.
  6. Lack of discipline in handbook time.
    • Be tough—Everybody does Handbook work in handbook time.

WAYS TO HELP YOUR CLUBBERS

  1. Start by praying.
  2. Remember the key words.
  3. Break verses into phrases.
    • Visuals- write the verse out—say together
    • Erase on word then two
  4. Make fill in the blank sheets.
  5. Visualize verses and remove words one at a time.
  6. Outings: To motivate—To help with handbook work – To build relationships.
  7. Tape recorder or CD
    • For the challenged clubber, show how they can use CD to learn verses

 

Updated: May 10, 2014 — 12:39 pm

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