NextLevel Online: Children’s Ministry Training

Session 2: How to Teach Children

Session 2 introduces us the 4-step pattern: Hook, Book, Look, Took on how to teach children.


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline
  • Opening Activity Idea:

    • Create the outline of a “perfect teacher” on a marker board

    • Ask volunteers to describe attributes of a teacher that made a positive impact on them as a child.

    • As they describe each aspect, write these words around the “perfect teacher”

  • Preparation for video content or lead your volunteers in reviewing the four-step lesson approach (see handout)

    • Hook: Prepare children to learn from the Bible

    • Book: Teaching the Bible story

    • Look: Dig into scripture

    • Took: Applying scripture to our lives

    • Suggestions:

      • Provide copies of the curricular materials used by your children’s ministry.
      • Assist volunteers in identifying how the materials label each of these four steps.
    • Note: If your children’s ministry uses a large group/small group model, describe which steps you desire to be covered in large group and which should be covered in small group.

  • Practice together:

    • Choose a Bible story (example: Jesus calming the storm)

    • Divide into small groups

      • Each group come up with 1-2 ideas for each of the four-step lesson approach
    • Share their ideas with the rest of the group

  • Discussion:

    • Which step of the four-step approach comes easily to you?

    • Which step of the four-step approach is a bit more difficult for you?

  • Concluding Activity:

    • Share with your volunteers any additional resources you have to assist them in lesson preparation.

    • Identify the various gifts and talents of each volunteer in the room and affirm how God is using them to teach children the Word of God.


  • Introduction:

  • 4-step pattern: Hook, Book, Look, Took

  • HOOK: Prepare children to learn from the Bible

    • Key concepts:

      • Grab their attention

      • Surfaces a need

  • BOOK: Teaching the Bible story

    • Key questions:

      • What does this story/text teach us about God?

      • What is the main point of this story?

    • Be sure to emphasize what the story teaches about God!

  • LOOK: Dig into the scripture

    • Key questions:

      • What did the scripture mean 2000+ year ago?

      • What does it mean for us today?

  • TOOK: Apply scripture in our lives.

    • Key concept:

      • Discover together concrete actions to help us look more like Jesus

Review the curricular materials your children’s ministry uses and identify the elements of Hook, Book, Look, and Took.

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.