Quiet Time Discipleship Tool
Daily Quiet Time
Getting into God’s Word regularly may be the most important discipleship goal for any believer. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that God’s Word is, “profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” It is the power of the Word of God that helps believers change and grow. Whether students, children or adults.
To help equip local church ministries with this all important goal we designed the Word of Life Quiet Time. It’s a powerful discipleship tool packed with these important features:
You can set goals with your students and children for how often they will do their Quiet Time. Then check it each week to see how they are doing.
Each age group has a Quiet Time tool designed specifically for them. Everything from puzzles in younger ages to a full commentary for adults and older teens.
The Quiet Time discipleship tool is built around not just reading God’s Word but applying it specifically to your life each day.
Build the Habit
We are our habits. The Quiet Time helps build the habit of reading and applying God’s Word each day. It can be just as automatic as brushing your teeth.
Setting Goals for Spiritual Growth
When students and children first start using the Quiet Time they feel like they need to do it every day. As their leader you may also feel that pressure as well to keep them to that high standard. While getting into God’s Word every day is an amazing goal, most students and children simply aren’t ready yet for such a big commitment. Instead, we recommend that you use the Quiet Time as a tool to build some spiritual muscle.
Set goals each month with the students you are discipling to determine how many days a week is an achievable goal for them. Then each week have them bring their Quiet Time and see how they did that week. Offer encouragement when they fall short or when they hit the goal. This goal setting and accountability most often happens during Small Group time in our ministry programs but it can happen any time you meet with a student or child you are discipling.
If you find your students are not hitting their goals after a month, lower the goal to something they can achieve. Any time they spend in God’s Word is movement toward God and toward a closer relationship with Him. As you find them easily meeting their goal, challenge them to go farther adding more days a week.
Another way you can set goals with your students is to challenge them to go deeper or share their Quiet Time wider. When students first start, they often give short answers and their application can be shallow and non-specific. At this point, that’s fine because that’s where they are at. But it can be a great opportunity to talk to students about how to study God’s Word more deeply. It can also be a great time to talk about how God’s Word applies to their life that week. Help them get more specific with application and “put it in their language.”
You can also challenge your students and children to be sharing their Quiet Time with others. This can build great spiritual friendships and help them share their faith with others. Challenge your students to tweet something they learned that day or post about it on Facebook. Ask them to have at least two conversations a week about what God was calling them to do as they read His word that week.
These are all simple discipleship centered ways you can use the Word of Life Quiet Time to challenge your students to grow their faith by reading and applying God’s Word.
A Quiet Time for Every Age
The Quiet Time discipleship tool is made specifically for the age of the student. If you are a parent working with a young child, the activities will be developmentally related. Activities include drawing letters and numbers, or circling pictures that go along with the verse you read that day.
While each Quiet Time covers the same passage, the amount that each age group reads varies depending on what they can handle. For the youngest ages they read a single verse while adults might read dozens each day. As students progress, the activities get harder and more interactive. Elementary age students will be doing puzzles, crosswords, and other activities that engage with the Scripture they read.
Jr. High aged students have a brand new Quiet Time designed just for them. It’s called the Quiet Time interactive. This is a great way to transition your student from “elementary expectations” to “student expectations.” It walks the student through specific verses from the passage they read that day. Along the way the tool poses important questions about the passage such as, “my parents have asked me to work on this area of my life_______.” Or it might have a yes or no question with a check box. Other times there are fill in the blanks, and a “check all that apply” of applications from the passage that day. In this way the Quiet Time Interactive discipleship tool walks a younger student through both the understanding and application of the Bible passage each day.
Many adults even like the Quiet Time interactive because it is so straightforward and helpful!
The Ultimate Goal of the Quiet TIme
It’s easy for us as humans to read God’s Word and immediately see how it applies to everyone else in our lives. We may read a passage on loving others and think of all the ways others aren’t loving us rather than thinking through all the ways that we are failing to love others. The Quiet Time discipleship tool is designed to go against that. It’s made as a diary so that students and children can get personal. They can write in their personal journal all the ways that God is calling them to be more like Jesus each day as they fill out their Quiet Time.
That’s why, even though we have an online version of the Quiet Time, the most popular version is still paper. It’s a powerful thing to write down your understanding and application of Scripture each day. Since the first Quiet Time was developed, a simple question has always been included: “How can I apply this to MY LIFE?” That is the foundation for the Quiet Time as a discipleship tool. It challenges students and children to ask this all important question.
Making the Habit
Build Powerful Spiritual Patterns
It’s been said that we are simply a collection of habits; whether good or bad. The man or woman of God is often built on a single habit; getting into God’s Word regularly. The Quiet Time discipleship tool is meant to equip you to help build that habit in the lives of those in your student ministry or children’s ministry. A child can start Quiet Time as a 4 year old and continue into his teen years building powerful habits of prayer and Bible reading that will stick with him for life.
That is the power of a single tool for prayer and the study of God’s Word. It brings together everything a student or child might need to build an intimate relationship with God and puts it in one place. Students and children can wake up each morning, grab their Quiet Time and Bible and spend time with God. It’s a simple thing that can become a powerful and life-changing habit. The missing ingredient is accountability. That’s where you as a leader in your ministry are the key to helping them set goals and achieving those goals that build habits to change lives forever.