How to Have a Winning Year in Children’s Bible Drill

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Within the next month, many of our churches will be beginning a new year in Bible Drill.  Here are a few tips to help you have a Winning year:

Late Summer/Early Fall

 · Enlist Leadership (at least 2 leaders.  Consider adding a new leader to mentor each year)

· Determine time and place to meet

· Secure Resources: Drill Bibles—KJV, ESV or HCSB Bible Drill verse cards Bible Drill Competition Guide or Bible Skills Drills and Thrills material

· Calendar: Kick off night for Bible Drill (consider inviting parents); Bible Drill Retreat (Determine date to begin promoting retreat), Church Drill, Associational Drill,  State Drill, and other Bible Drill special events (every couple of months or at Christmas and Valentine’s)

Obtain more helps for having a winning year in Bible Drill by downloading our sheet with planning tips.

How to have a Winning Year in Bible Drill

 

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Beautiful Feet

by Maria Brannen

“. . . How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”   (Romans 10:15)  Today, we held our State Youth/High School Bible Drill and Student Speakers Competition at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center at Norman Park.

Our State Student Speakers Winner, Triston Smith from Tunnel Hill FBC challenged us today during the conclusion of his speech:

It only has to start with one. Inspiration can take root anywhere no matter your age, finances, or plans. I want this to be less of a speech and more of a challenge. There are people that currently don’t know the name of Jesus and will not know Him unless people like us uproot ourselves for the gospel and implant ourselves into the culture and language of another nation. Yes, missions can take place in our communities, but I’m speaking of the 2.8 billion that have never heard of Jesus. I pray that today someone will take the call to give his or her life for the sake of the gospel. May The Lord of the harvest bring forth workers. With this question I finish, “Do you have beautiful feet?”

Smith, who is a senior, shared his future plans –  “At this time I plan to go to Mercer University to study biomedical engineering while pursuing my pilot’s license to one day go after the 4,000 plus unreached people groups.”

Triston along with our State Youth Bible Drill Winner, Kyle Brannen from FBC, Monroe and our State High School Winner, Jacob McDonald from Tabernacle Baptist in Macon will be representing Georgia at the National Bible Drill Drill and Speakers Competition at FBC, Helen in June.

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Seconds to Recall – A Lifetime to Remember – part 1

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On March 27 at our Regional Bible Drill in Toccoa, I had the opportunity to talk to Janice Mize, the mother of one of our former State Winners in Bible Drill, Katelin Mize from Unity Baptist in the Hebron Association.  She shared with me an update of how God has worked in Katelin’s life since graduation from High School.  I wanted to share with you a portion of her follow-up e-mail after we spoke:

Katelin began Bible drill when she was in the 3rd grade and could only do our church drill. She was a driller for 3 years as a child, 3 years as a youth, and 3 years as a high school driller. In November of 2013, Katelin accepted a position with the International Mission Board to go to Senegal, Africa to teach English and to teach Bible Study. She is having a wonderful time telling others about her Savior. She told her daddy and I that Bible Drill scriptures were more important to her now than when she was learning them because now if she was caught without a Bible she still had God’s word in her heart and her head. Bible Drill was always important to our family and we are still attending Bible Drills even now that Katelin is grown and gone to do God’s will in another country. Thanks for all that you do for the Bible Drillers in preparing them for the mission field whether it be at home or abroad.   
 
                                                   Thanks,
                                                    Tim & Janice Mize
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It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a coming….

Enjoy this video of S.M. Lockridge’s sermon combines with footage from The Passion Of The Christ:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn94B3GHcjY

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” ~Philippians 2:5-11~

 

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Making a difference . . .

by Maria Brannen

Last week was a tough week in ministry.  I attended the funerals of three outstanding women who made a difference in the lives of children.

Dottie TolerOn Wednesday, I attended the funeral of Dottie Toler, a long-time Preschool Sunday School teacher at my church.  Ms. Dottie impacted the lives of preschoolers over the years at FBC including my son, Kyle.  She was a teacher that LOVED preschoolers, made it a priority to be prepared each Sunday morning to teach her class, and knew the importance of laying spiritual foundations for future generations. She had an incredible ministry and will be greatly missed in her corner classroom in the Preschool area at First Baptist Church!

In memory of SharonOn Thursday, I attended the funeral of Sharon Ellis, a young wife and mother who died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm.  Sharon’s ministry and life impact is widespread in many different areas from her time at Shorter, her church, and in other areas.  However, to our department and the Bible Drill/Speakers team in Georgia, her loss is especially felt at this time of the year.  Sharon served on our team as a Regional, State, and National Judge in Bible Drill and Speakers.  She was a judge who was passionate for students and helping them grow spiritually in the area of Bible Drill and Speakers.  She had a special gift of giving “feedback” to the drillers/speakers to help them in this discipleship process.

Hulda CookOn Saturday, I attended the funeral of Hulda Cook, a member of Shirley Hills Baptist Church in Warner Robins.  Hulda’s life and ministry impacted the Middle Georgia area in so many ways.  However, to us, she is remembered as someone who had a great passion for Bible Drill.  Hulda taught Bible Drill for many years as well as served as an Associational Bible Drill Coordinator in the Rehoboth Association.  Hulda helped begin countless Bible Drill ministries in the middle Georgia area by training new Bible Drill leaders around her kitchen table.  At her funeral, I loved seeing all the hands raised of people who had been one of “Ms. Hulda’s Bible Drillers.”

We will probably never know how many hundreds of lives these special ladies impacted for the kingdom.  After the funerals, I was reminded of how sometimes in the scope of everyday life and ministry, we (as a church, families, and individuals) don’t take the time on a regular basis to thank Preschool, Children’s, and Student Teachers.  In closing I would like to ask you to do two things:

- The next time you are at church, thank a children’s teacher who has made a difference in your life or the life of your child.

- Consider serving as a preschool or children’s teacher in Sunday School, VBS, Discipleship, Bible Drill, etc. and help lay spiritual foundations in the lives of Children.

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It’s Bible Drill Time!

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It’s Bible Drill Time!  In the next few weeks, Children, Youth, and High School students will be participating in Church, Associational, Regional, and State Drills.

Our Church Drill is scheduled for next week.  I am in the process of finishing up my to-do list to prepare for our drill.  Here are a few hints in preparing for your church drill:

Communicate:

Parents – It’s important to communicate in multiple ways with parents  to remind them of the dates and times of church, association, and state drills.  (E-mail, Facebook, texts, church newsletter, postcards, etc.)

1-2 weeks before each drill—remind parents of details (dress, time to arrive, etc.)

Judges/Callers – Make sure all your Bible Drill team is enlisted: Judges (3 for children and 4 for youth/high school), timekeeper, and caller

Church office/leaders – Make sure all facility use details are in place (rooms reserved, room layout/needs communicated to the church office)

Preparation details:

- Order Bible Drill t-shirts for your group (optional).  This usually takes a minimum of 2 weeks from order to delivery.

- Bible Drill leader—prepare the call sheet.  Type out the entire drill (commands, all calls for each drill type and the correct response)  It is helpful to include an alternate call for each section.

- Obtain numbers and awards for church drill (certificates, medals, or trophies)

- Secure Judge supplies (folder, pencils, copies of call sheets, clipboards, score sheets, tally sheets, etc.)

1-2 Weeks before the Church Drill:

Have a practice drill in the sanctuary (or where your actual church drill will be.)  Give the children numbers to wear.  Have a few parents serve as judges.  This allows the drillers to prepare for the actual drill.

After the church Drill:

· Register qualified Drillers for Associational and State Drills.

· Encourage entire drill team to support the qualifying drillers at each level with their attendance.

· Celebrate after State Drill (the day of if possible) by taking out the whole Bible Drill team to eat!

· Schedule a Bible Drill Recognition Service at your church after the State Drill (May is a good time.)

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New Bible Drill Resource

by Maria Brannen

Bible Drill is a great opportunity for our children and students to grow deeper in their faith. During the month of March, I would like to encourage churches, families, and drillers across our state to use our new Bible Drill prayer calendar.  Each day take a few moments to pause and pray.  We begin tomorrow, March 1 by using Proverbs 3:5-6 as our prayer basis (May all of our children and students learn to Trust in the Lord).

You can download the calendar Bible Drill prayer calendar by clicking on the link.

Let us know if you’ll be joining us in praying for our Bible Drillers in March!

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The Way We Pray – The Skit Guys

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From the Skit Guys

Wouldn’t it be great if God would just physically appear before us and sit and talk face to face? Since He doesn’t, people have managed to come up with a few different ways to express themselves to God so that they think they are impressing Him when all He really wants is for us to be real and honest and still. Watch this insightful video on prayer. – See more at: http://skitguys.com/videos/item/the-way-we-pray?utm_content=buffer7bbfc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.yfq0411t.dpuf

 

 

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Spiritual Renewal Prayer Conference with Claude King, May 13, 2014

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Invitation from Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Convention:

J. Robert WhiteI am planning a conference in which you might be interested that will be taking place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth. We will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm with lunch provided. This conference will focus upon spiritual renewal in the area of prayer. As we strive to reach our state for Christ, we must get on our knees before the Lord. Without prayer, we will not see the mighty movement of God we all desire.

claude kingLast year, the Georgia Baptist Convention staff had a special chapel service focusing upon spiritual renewal specifically in the area of prayer and Claude King led this time for us. It was a very moving and inspiring time for me and our staff. Claude is one of our fine leaders in Southern Baptist life and has been influenced by Avery Willis, Henry Blackaby, T.W. Hunt as well as his father, Archie King. He serves as a discipleship and church health specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources and for over a quarter of a century, he has been involved in helping people and churches make disciples.

LifeWay is partnering with us to provide resources for each participant. If you are coming from a great distance and need lodging overnight, we will provide a room at LaQuinta Inn in Duluth. Lunch will be provided at no cost to you during the conference.

It should be a very inspiring day of fellowship and growing together in personal commitment to prayer in Georgia.

In order to make reservations to be with us on this very special day, please call my assistant, Karen Wheeler at 770-936-5204 or she may be reached toll-free through our switchboard at 1-800-RING-GBC. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, April 25, 2014.

I look forward to your being with us for a great day together.

With warmest regards,

J. Robert White

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Prayer Links

Please refer to our Prayer page, http://discipleader.wordpress.com/prayer?, for helpful links for your personal prayer time and prayer ministry. What other links would you recommend?

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