“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the important things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity.”
Well, we are in the home stretch and the fourth part of We have focused on becoming a better disciple, a better servant, and a better leader. In the days that remain, we will focus on becoming a better teacher. Each of these days focuses on teaching strategies, but they also direct us to the final day of our 31 day journey: becoming a witness.
How often do we ask ourselves about the meaning of what we teach? Why is this lesson important? Why is what I’m teaching today relevant to the lives of my students?
The answers to these questions aren’t something to overlook or take lightly.
One of the biggest problems facing the Catholic Church today is that our faith community and teachings become increasingly less and less relevant to the daily lives of Catholics. Again stealing from the authors of Rebuilt, we need to make Church matter and we need to start with each and every lesson we teach.
Use the Day 20 Exercise: Write Out Why a Lesson is Important from the 31 Days Leader’s Guide to walk through the process described on pages 106-108 of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator.