Good Soil E&D is for Christian Schools

as well as many other kinds of ministries.

My Christian school Bible classes are boring because of all the rote memory and dull way they are taught.

My Bible classes feel too "academic." I wish the curriculum and the style of teaching could be more real-life oriented, rather than making the Bible seem like another textbook.

I went to a Christian school from K-12 and never learned about the one BIG Story that connects all of the other stories and events of the Bible.

We are not satisfied with our Bible curriculum. I wish we could find some resources that would make learning the Bible interesting, and even FUN, and do a better job of helping students really understand the Bible and be better equipped to use it after they graduate.

Good Soil resources - unique ways to teach the Bible to elementary and secondary students.

  • Visual
  • Chronological
  • Ministry Focused
  • Engaging
  • Interactive
  • FUN

We all want to share our faith effectively…but how do we do it?

The Story of Hope - Kids

Bible Teaching Resources for Elementary Students

The Story of Hope - Kids workbook is a chronological Bible study for kids, approximately ages 8-12. It is designed to help kids understand the BIG story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation—a perspective that very few other ministry resources provide for children. The workbook contains one page for each of 40 Bible-event lessons, including an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Art Series and questions that get kids digging into the Bible texts for themselves. Also, the Chronological Bridge to Life is presented in an eight-page sequence. There's a Personal Faith Response page too.

Questions and map activities engage kids to read and think, rather than just rotely memorize. This workbook is bright and colorful and beautifully illustrated.

64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound

One lady who went to Sunday school as a child, but never truly trusted Jesus as her Savior, was being led through an evangelistic Bible study based on the adult version of The Story of Hope. She commented:

Why didn't they teach the Bible like this to me when I was in Sunday school? If they had done so, I might have understood it and become a true believer.

Adventures in The Story of Hope

FREE Bible Curriculum

Approximately 400 pages of lesson plans for teaching 48 Bible lessons—40 Bible-event lessons and eight Chronological Bridge to Life lessons. The lessons unfold the BIG Story of the Bible, chronologically from beginning to end, focusing on God's redemptive story. As students learn about major Bible events, they also learn how all of them are connected around the one BIG Story.

Lessons include many creative activities to engage kids in active learning: questions, games, songs, crafts, drama, “My Story of Hope” activities, memory verses, and other Bible learning activities. Also, a complete set of coloring sheets, one per each of the 40 Bible event lessons.

FREE Bible curriculum for your Christian school!

Kids Sing

The Story of Hope

Twelve songs to accompany the study of The Story of Hope - Kids. Created to help kids understand and remember the Bible events in the workbook, as well as the eight chronological gospel concepts.

Two-CD set; one CD with voices; other, soundtrack only.

Kids Worship

The God of the Big Story

Twelve songs, including "The God of the Big Story," "Come Let Us Sing," "Shout for Joy," "Transcendent God," "We Believe," "Tell the World of Jesus," "Doxology 21," and others.

Single CD - sung by ensemble of kids.

The Way to Joy - Kids

The Way to Joy - Kids is a basic discipleship Bible study workbook for kids, approximately ages 8-12. If your students have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ, the next step is obviously discipleship. If you have not done so already, we recommend that you take them through The Story of Hope - Kids. But the next step beyond that would be The Way to Joy - Kids.

The Way to Joy - Kids includes ten lessons on basic truths that every young believer needs to know and some key spiritual disciplines that every Christian needs to practice. It is bright, it is colorful, it is beautifully illustrated with images that kids relate to. And, it includes a Bible reading and prayer journal to accompany the weeks of the discipleship study.

64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound.

The Story of Hope Bible Class

Resources for Junior High and Senior High Students

No boring sessions in this study!

  • Students are constantly engaged in active learning, as they study the Bible from Genesis through Revelation in 31 class sessions (or more or less).

  • Underlying the teaching of the Bible’s BIG Story in this study, students are also being equipped to use The Story of Hope to lead others through the study.

  • The 120-page professionally designed Class Facilitator’s Guide is available as a FREE download.

  • A professionally designed PowerPoint with 400+ slides is also available for class facilitators.

  • FREE access to an online Instructor’s Resource Center for teaching The Story of Hope Class.

The Way to Joy

Discipleship Bible Class

No boring sessions in this study either!

  • Students learn best when they are having FUN, and this study combines learning with FUN, so the truth sticks!
  • Thirteen (or more) class sessions covering topics essential for basic, foundational discipleship.
  • The final session is called “It’s Your Time” in which students are challenged to put into practice what they have learned, by discipling someone else.
  • The 42-page professionally designed Class Facilitator’s Guide is available as a FREE download.
  • FREE access to the online Instructor’s Resource Center for The Way to Joy Bible class.
  • Great for Christian school Bible classes.

The Roots of Faith Bible Courses

Chronological Bible curriculum, unfolding the BIG Story of the Bible in 100 events and packed with FUN learning activities

Group of students
This group of public school Bible club students (junior high and senior high) traveled to ABWE from Wichita, Kansas to attend The Roots of Faith.

Students will learn…

  • Much of the key content in the Old and New Testaments.
  • The chronology of 25 major Bible eras and 100 key Bible events.
  • The geographic locations of many places where Bible events occurred.
  • The BIG Story of the Bible and how it progresses from Genesis through Revelation.

BRING your junior high, senior high, or upper elementary students to The Roots of Faith courses in June - near Harrisburg PA.
Ask us about a group rate.

Or, teach them yourself in your Christian school.

How can you be certified to teach The Roots of Faith Courses?

Option One: Participate in The Roots of Faith Courses

Full Certification

Image of a TROF OT Class at ABWE - FUN Learning

Image of a TROF NT Class at ABWE - Interactive & Engaging Learning

Each of The Roots of Faith courses is ACSI Certified for Six (6) ACSI Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Faculty, Administrators, & Staff

Association of Christian Schools International

Or, Option Two: Purchase The Roots of Faith Instructor’s Kits

Provisional Certification

At our Christian school, we strive to teach the Bible as God's big story, His metanarrative. The Roots of Faith curriculum and training offered by ABWE has effectively equipped our school's instructors to communicate God's story in such a way that it "clicks" and connects with our high school students. The structure and interactive nature of the courses moves Scripture out of an "ancient literature" category, and into a "sharp and alive" category for instructors and students alike.

—Dan, principal and teacher in Pennsylvania

Bible Teaching Resources for Elementary AND Secondary Students

The Bible's Big Story Teaching Visuals

The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals - Set of 105

Set of 105 laminated, double-sided teaching visuals for teaching the Bible's redemptive story, from Genesis through Revelation.

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13.5" x 10.75" laminated printed teaching visuals. Key Bible event content on the back, event image on the front. 105 teaching visuals, 50 Old Testament, and 50 New Testament, plus five that work especially for ministry with Muslims. Great for teaching kids (and, adults too!) the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation. Same images and key content as the Chronological Bible Cards—essentially big versions of those pocket-size cards. See below.

Chronological Bible Cards: Genesis — Revelation

ChronoBible Cards: Genesis-Revelation

A complete set of 135 pocket-size cards (4.5" x 3.375") for learning and reviewing the content and chronology of the Bible's Big Story.

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Pocket-size cards for learning and reviewing 100 key Bible events as they appear chronologically from Genesis through Revelation. Each Bible event card contains an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Story art collection on the front and key content information on the back. 25 major Bible era cards and 10 Chronological Bridge to Life cards included.

Hooks for Hanging the Bible’s Storyline

Teach students—in just a few hours—to be able to think their way through the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation. Every movie or novel has a central storyline, a plot. Even elementary students can learn the BIG storyline of the Bible, using 25 “Hooks”—major eras of the Bible.

The activities for teaching Hooks are FUN for students of all ages, even the teachers.
And there are FREE instructional helps.

A great set of resources for use in Christian school chapel programs and Bible classes.

The 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline

The 1 + 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the New Testament Storyline

I love the "Hooks for Hanging the OT & NT"! I taught the hand gesture/motions to a ladies group at our home church and also in the elementary chapel at Twin Valley Bible Academy.

—Jessica, pre-field missionary to Chile

Reflections from God’s Story of Hope

Reflections unfolds the storyline of the Bible through 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament events—from Genesis through Revelation.

  • 100 key Bible events organized by 25 major Bible eras.
  • 100 full-page Bible event images.
  • More than 200 pages, 9" x 12".
  • A Bible storybook for all—adults, children, Christians, or non-Christians.

$20 in Quantities of Eight or More - $40 for One Book, $30 each for Two. An excellent gift to give your clients!

Reflections - The Audio Experience

Watch a (2:36) video to see how the Reflections - The Audio Experience audio stories are correlated with the printed and visually illustrated stories in the Reflections from God's Story of Hope coffee table storybook.

Evangelism and Discipleship Training for Christian School Teachers and Administrators

In order to use Good Soil E&D resources most effectively, we recommend our Good Soil training programs.

Good Soil Basic Seminar

The top ten takeaways from Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training:

  • Learn how to initiate conversations that open up to unobtrusive opportunities to share the gospel.
  • Learn how to determine where a person is on his/her level of understanding of the gospel and receptivity to knowing more about salvation through Jesus Christ.
  • Learn how to present the truth of the gospel in a way that it isn't misunderstood by the person with whom you are sharing, regardless of his/her religious worldview.
  • Learn how to share God's story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation, so that the recipient will understand the Biblical context for the good news of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
  • Learn how to present the gospel, using the Chronological Bridge to Life.
  • Learn how to share the gospel, using your own faith story.
  • Learn a variety of ways to use The Story of Hope, in evangelism, with confidence.
  • Learn how to use The Way to Joy, in discipling believers who are still weak in their faith.
  • Learn about a wide variety of evangelism and discipleship resources that you may find to be helpful in your ministry.
  • Learn to teach others what you have learned about evangelism and discipleship, and train them to do what you have learned to do through the training you have received.

Learn to share the gospel, God’s story of hope, in a way that people will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and hold fast to it.

Good Soil Basic Seminar

Two Days in May or October

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Good Soil Trainer Certification

A Third Day in May or October

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Always, engaging, interactive, and FUN learning.

The Good Soil Seminar is ACSI Certified for two (2) ACSI Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and the Moving Beyond Lecture is certified for two and one-half (2.5) CEUs for Faculty, Administrators, & Staff

Association of Christian Schools International

Moving Beyond Lecture Workshop

Two Days in October

As a teacher, regardless of what or where you teach, you will love and appreciate this workshop!

It will enhance your ability to teach students, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…

  • Learn a seven-step process for developing lessons for teaching and training.
  • Enlarge your teaching toolbox with lots of creative techniques and tips for teaching.
  • Become more sensitive to classroom factors that can enhance your teaching-learning environment.
  • Engage your students more actively and make learning FUN for them.
  • Become much more confident in your teaching.

For More Information and to Register

FREE Book for Christian School Administrators

Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship training narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for ministry leaders, including Christian School administrators.

The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries whe were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that men and women will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.

Free instructional resources for individual and group study are also available for download. www.GoodSoil.com/FREE

If you are a Christian school administrator, with a USA shipping address, and will commit to reading this book, we will send you a FREE (and postage-free) copy of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.

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More Good Soil Resources for Evangelism and Discipleship

Good Soil provides an entire toolbox of resources for Christian school ministries.

For a complete overview of our Good Soil resources:

More Good Soil E&D Stories from Christian Elementary and Secondary Schools

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