When choosing NPH Bible Study Kits this Teaching Index is provided to assist pastors in determining the appropriate match of a lay member’s teaching skills to a Bible study’s level of difficulty.
This index is meant as a basic guide ranging from 1, the easiest, to 10, the most difficult. Pastors should review the material and make their own assessment of course and teacher suitability.
For the first-time teacher, or a trial course for someone who would like to become a regular instructor. Content is basic. The leader’s guide provides enough information and teaching suggestions that the leader will not run out of material. Leader should have a good background in the Christian faith but may be new to the congregation.
Content is basic. Some sections may offer challenges for understanding and teaching. Leader may have some experience in teaching an adult class but prefers teaching a relatively easy course, is an established member, and is familiar with those who will be in the class.
Content is not difficult but contains some core doctrines of our faith. Some teaching experience may be helpful. Leader should have an above-average background in Christianity.
Some content is difficult. Leader should have teaching experience. A lay teacher should do additional background study apart from the leader’s guide.
Contains relatively difficult concepts. Leader should be an experienced teacher with a firm grasp of Scripture - enough to use the Bible’s simpler sections to help the class understand the subject. A lay teacher should do additional background study and review each lesson with the pastor before it is taught.