Educators tend to load people down with complex methodologies and procedures. People get intimidated and freeze.
Fortunately, the task of passing the baton of godly faithfulness to the next generation isn't as complicated as it sometimes seems. Don't let the fact that you can't do everything cause you to do nothing! Instead of looking for "elephant" experiences, start passing the "small baton" through lots of "rabbit" experiences. Here's what I mean by that.
Tony and Felicity Dale open their book The Rabbit and the Elephant with the story of teaching at a church planting conference in rural India:
"Imagine you take two elephants..."
The audience perks up. They sense a story is coming.
"For our purposes, they are a male and a female."
"And you put them in that room behind us" (pointing to a tiny kitchen off the main room).
More laughter. They know you couldn't possibly fit one elephant into that room, let alone two!
"You give them plenty to eat and drink and you shut the door on them. Three years later, you come back and open the door. What comes out?"
A number of people call out something. We look to our interpreter for help.
"They say that three elephants come out. Mom, Dad, and a baby."
"That's good. In three years, Mom and Dad elephant have had one baby! Now, instead of two elephants, let's pretend you put two rabbits in the room."
They start to chuckle. Already they can anticipate what is coming.
"At the end of three years, when you open the door, you had better run for your life, because millions of rabbits will explode out of that door."
The room erupts in laughter!
The Dales conclude: "They have also caught the point. Something that is large and complex is hard to reproduce. Something that is small and simple multiplies easily." How does this inform how we pass the baton to our children? Obviously children need to understand the essential principles of the Christian faith as embodied in the Nicene Creed. But because this is complicated and takes a long time, many parents and teachers do nothing at all.
Yet you can pass the small baton through everyday experiences by remembering a variet of the old speech-class dictum: "Tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them."
1. Tell them--explain your convictions
2. Take them--gain experience together
3. Talk to them--debrief the experience