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Bible Quiz -- not just a teens' game

Fri, 23 Sep 2005 - 4:23 PM CST

Assemblies of God National Bible Quiz programs provide outstanding opportunities for elementary students all the way up to senior adults to learn the Word of God in depth through cooperative competition. While Bible Quiz is often thought of as just a teens' game, some churches offer programs to anyone interested -- no matter the age.

First Assembly of God of Greater Lansing (East Lansing, Michigan) has a Bible Quiz team for churchgoers of all ages. In addition to its participation in national programs such as Junior, Teen and Adult Bible Quiz, the church offers an extra level of quizzing called PeeWee Bible Quiz.

The Michigan District started the PeeWee level for kids in kindergarten through third grade nearly 18 years ago. First AG Greater Lansing has been offering PeeWee Quiz to kids for nearly 15 years.

PeeWee participants are quizzed on questions that come from the Junior Bible Quiz (JBQ) Bible Fact Pak. While JBQ kids are quizzed on 10-point, 20-point and 30-point questions that increase in difficulty with each level, PeeWee kids are quizzed only on 10-point questions from the same Fact Pak. The 10-point questions are on basic Bible facts like, "Who was the first man and first woman," for example.

Last year, 17 Michigan churches participated in PeeWee and about 100-120 quizzers attended each event. The young quizzers scrimmage in November and compete in sectional finals in February.

Tammy Scott and her husband Rod are the Michigan District PeeWee Bible Quiz coordinators.

"PeeWee Bible Quiz has been a great way for young quizzers to get started," says Tammy Scott. "The competition level is less intimidating and we try to make it fun. It is a great way to introduce quizzers to JBQ, and it allows them to go into JBQ with experience and confidence."

The top teams at sectional finals can go on to participate in the JBQ state competition in May, participating in the "10s" category and getting a taste of Bible Quiz competition at the state level.

The church, pastored by Curt Dalaba, also has strong JBQ and Teen (TBQ) Bible Quiz programs. Elementary students up to sixth grade study from the JBQ 576-question Bible Fact Pak available through Gospel Publishing House (GPH). The Fact Pak teaches Bible facts, doctrines and includes selected verses for memorization.

"Some of our goals," says Ken Andrews, JBQ coordinator for First AG, "are to get kids excited about God's Word, to start building an interest in the Word, to make sure that they know Jesus, to start a discipline of looking into the Bible daily and to build a foundation in the lives of these kids based on the Bible."

The church has been to five TBQ national finals. Teens around the nation, grades 6 through 12, are memorizing Romans and James this year and can be quizzed on any fact from geography to people, or asked to recite any passage from the two books.

Maureen Harr, TBQ coordinator for First AG for the past 10 years, says the AG National Youth Department offers many resources to help the teens with memorization and Bible facts including the complete Scripture portion for the season, a concordance, a chapter analysis and quote cards to name a few. The resources are available through GPH.

JBQ and TBQ teams that excel in state and regional tournaments will go on to compete in the annual national competitions next summer.

Judy Klein, Adult Bible Quiz (ABQ) coordinator for First Assembly, is a mother of eight and has had children participate in each stage of Bible Quiz.

"My kids in college say Bible Quiz helped them to memorize their course material at school," says Klein. "God blesses them mentally and spiritually that way.

"They also get the opportunity to go on trips and meet kids from other churches across the nation," Klein continues. "The kids encourage one another. It's great fellowship."

Klein loves participating in ABQ because it keeps her dedicated to studying the Bible and it helps her encourage her kids to study their Bible Quiz material. This season, the adults will be memorizing James 1-5. ABQ, for ages 18 and up, is in its third season at First Assembly.

Since there are no study resources specifically for ABQ, teams throughout the country study selected passages from the same Scripture portion booklet used in TBQ. Klein puts together a handbook for her team that includes TBQ practice questions available through GPH.

Klein explains that ABQ is just a scaled down version of TBQ. While TBQ teams compete once a month with practices every week, First AG's ABQ team has optional practices once a month and competes once a year at an event held at the church on a Sunday afternoon in April. A final championship round is held during the evening service and awards are given.

Whether or not state and regional competitions are held for ABQ teams depends on the number of teams in the district and it is up to the district to coordinate them. As of now, Michigan holds no state competition for ABQ, but Klein says she hopes that will change as some Michigan churches have expressed interested in starting ABQ programs.

Any ABQ team may compete in the ABQ national finals held the last day of the TBQ finals -- even if the church's TBQ team does not qualify. ABQ teams pay a fee to participate and all funds raised go towards TBQ scholarships. According to the National Bible Quiz Department, 15 ABQ teams competed at the 2005 finals.

"It's fun to see the young adults in ABQ -- some just out of TBQ -- interact with older ABQers," says Klein of ABQ. "It's really neat to see them encourage one another."

At First Assembly, teens in TBQ are responsible for running the annual ABQ tournament held at the church. They officiate, keep stats, act as quizmasters, resolve any problems that may arise and make playoff decisions. Some TBQ teens are even involved in ABQ practices, training and sharing tips with adults.

Bible Quiz offers opportunities for people of all ages in the church to connect, interact and learn God's Word in a way that is effective and fun.

"As a parent, Bible Quiz helps hold me accountable to teaching my children the Word of God," says Karen Andrews, PeeWee Quiz coach for First AG. "Because of Bible Quiz, my children have memorized more Scripture than I could ever have imagined possible. God has certainly blessed them because of their efforts and His Word will not return void."

For more information on national Bible Quiz programs, visit http://biblequiz.ag.org/. For more details on PeeWee Bible Quiz, contact Michigan District Coordinators Rod and Tammy Scott at (517) 323-3285 or rodtammy@aol.com. Resources are available at http://www.gospelpublishing.com/.


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Assemblies of God National Bible Quiz programs provide outstanding opportunities for elementary students all the way up to senior adults to learn the Word of God in depth through cooperative competition. While Bible Quiz is often thought of as just a teens' game, some churches offer programs to anyone interested -- no matter the age.

First Assembly of God of Greater Lansing (East Lansing, Michigan) has a Bible Quiz team for churchgoers of all ages. In addition to its participation in national programs such as Junior, Teen and Adult Bible Quiz, the church offers an extra level of quizzing called PeeWee Bible Quiz.

The Michigan District started the PeeWee level for kids in kindergarten through third grade nearly 18 years ago. First AG Greater Lansing has been offering PeeWee Quiz to kids for nearly 15 years.

PeeWee participants are quizzed on questions that come from the Junior Bible Quiz (JBQ) Bible Fact Pak. While JBQ kids are quizzed on 10-point, 20-point and 30-point questions that increase in difficulty with each level, PeeWee kids are quizzed only on 10-point questions from the same Fact Pak. The 10-point questions are on basic Bible facts like, "Who was the first man and first woman," for example.

Last year, 17 Michigan churches participated in PeeWee and about 100-120 quizzers attended each event. The young quizzers scrimmage in November and compete in sectional finals in February.

Tammy Scott and her husband Rod are the Michigan District PeeWee Bible Quiz coordinators.

"PeeWee Bible Quiz has been a great way for young quizzers to get started," says Tammy Scott. "The competition level is less intimidating and we try to make it fun. It is a great way to introduce quizzers to JBQ, and it allows them to go into JBQ with experience and confidence."

The top teams at sectional finals can go on to participate in the JBQ state competition in May, participating in the "10s" category and getting a taste of Bible Quiz competition at the state level.

The church, pastored by Curt Dalaba, also has strong JBQ and Teen (TBQ) Bible Quiz programs. Elementary students up to sixth grade study from the JBQ 576-question Bible Fact Pak available through Gospel Publishing House (GPH). The Fact Pak teaches Bible facts, doctrines and includes selected verses for memorization.

"Some of our goals," says Ken Andrews, JBQ coordinator for First AG, "are to get kids excited about God's Word, to start building an interest in the Word, to make sure that they know Jesus, to start a discipline of looking into the Bible daily and to build a foundation in the lives of these kids based on the Bible."

The church has been to five TBQ national finals. Teens around the nation, grades 6 through 12, are memorizing Romans and James this year and can be quizzed on any fact from geography to people, or asked to recite any passage from the two books.

Maureen Harr, TBQ coordinator for First AG for the past 10 years, says the AG National Youth Department offers many resources to help the teens with memorization and Bible facts including the complete Scripture portion for the season, a concordance, a chapter analysis and quote cards to name a few. The resources are available through GPH.

JBQ and TBQ teams that excel in state and regional tournaments will go on to compete in the annual national competitions next summer.

Judy Klein, Adult Bible Quiz (ABQ) coordinator for First Assembly, is a mother of eight and has had children participate in each stage of Bible Quiz.

"My kids in college say Bible Quiz helped them to memorize their course material at school," says Klein. "God blesses them mentally and spiritually that way.

"They also get the opportunity to go on trips and meet kids from other churches across the nation," Klein continues. "The kids encourage one another. It's great fellowship."

Klein loves participating in ABQ because it keeps her dedicated to studying the Bible and it helps her encourage her kids to study their Bible Quiz material. This season, the adults will be memorizing James 1-5. ABQ, for ages 18 and up, is in its third season at First Assembly.

Since there are no study resources specifically for ABQ, teams throughout the country study selected passages from the same Scripture portion booklet used in TBQ. Klein puts together a handbook for her team that includes TBQ practice questions available through GPH.

Klein explains that ABQ is just a scaled down version of TBQ. While TBQ teams compete once a month with practices every week, First AG's ABQ team has optional practices once a month and competes once a year at an event held at the church on a Sunday afternoon in April. A final championship round is held during the evening service and awards are given.

Whether or not state and regional competitions are held for ABQ teams depends on the number of teams in the district and it is up to the district to coordinate them. As of now, Michigan holds no state competition for ABQ, but Klein says she hopes that will change as some Michigan churches have expressed interested in starting ABQ programs.

Any ABQ team may compete in the ABQ national finals held the last day of the TBQ finals -- even if the church's TBQ team does not qualify. ABQ teams pay a fee to participate and all funds raised go towards TBQ scholarships. According to the National Bible Quiz Department, 15 ABQ teams competed at the 2005 finals.

"It's fun to see the young adults in ABQ -- some just out of TBQ -- interact with older ABQers," says Klein of ABQ. "It's really neat to see them encourage one another."

At First Assembly, teens in TBQ are responsible for running the annual ABQ tournament held at the church. They officiate, keep stats, act as quizmasters, resolve any problems that may arise and make playoff decisions. Some TBQ teens are even involved in ABQ practices, training and sharing tips with adults.

Bible Quiz offers opportunities for people of all ages in the church to connect, interact and learn God's Word in a way that is effective and fun.

"As a parent, Bible Quiz helps hold me accountable to teaching my children the Word of God," says Karen Andrews, PeeWee Quiz coach for First AG. "Because of Bible Quiz, my children have memorized more Scripture than I could ever have imagined possible. God has certainly blessed them because of their efforts and His Word will not return void."

For more information on national Bible Quiz programs, visit http://biblequiz.ag.org/. For more details on PeeWee Bible Quiz, contact Michigan District Coordinators Rod and Tammy Scott at (517) 323-3285 or rodtammy@aol.com. Resources are available at http://www.gospelpublishing.com/.


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At 80, He is Not Your Average Chi Alpha Campus Pastor

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 - 4:33 PM CST

Ray and Vera Treese
Ray and Vera Treese

Ray Treese had his life planned out — he knew well in advance that all his hard work would allow him to spend his retirement years on the local golf courses. And at first, everything was going according to plan, but then . . . .

"The current Chi Alpha campus pastor [supported by the church] at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) resigned," recalls Treese. "The next day, I met with the pastor and we decided that this was too important of a ministry to let slide, so I volunteered to go out and temporarily head up the program."

That was in 1998. Treese, with his wife of 58 years, Vera, supporting his efforts, is still leading the Chi Alpha program ministering to EKU students. He turned 80 in April and is officially the oldest Chi Alpha campus minister in the nation.

Chi Alpha is the Assemblies of God ministry to students attending secular colleges and universities. Treese's continuing ministry on the EKU campus might be easier to understand if he had walked into a "turn-key" operation, had years of experience in ministry to college students, or at least was a credentialed minister - but that wasn't the case.

Instead, the truth was the Chi Alpha group was essentially non-existent, Treese had attended college in his mid-30s and had no familiarity with campus life, and only recently he had taken a few distance education Bible courses.

From the outside looking in, he was not what one might call "the ideal" candidate. Not even close. But God was looking at Treese from the inside out.

"Sometimes people think that God has a checklist of criteria a person has to meet before he or she can serve Him," says E. Scott Martin, national director for Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. "I've come to believe it's often more about the willingness of the heart."

For Treese, an unexpected and unknown world of ministry suddenly was placed before him. He may have been unqualified, but he was willing to allow God to use him.

Once again, if instant success had greeted Treese, his continuing presence at EKU may be easier to understand. But his first year ended with no active Chi Alpha members at EKU.

Year two, Treese saw eight students start attending Chi Alpha, but by year's end the group was once again down to zero. Striking out two consecutive years might have been enough to end any Chi Alpha leader's efforts, but during that second year, he had the opportunity to lead a young man to Christ, bolstering his resolve.

"I still felt that I was where God wanted me to be," he says. "I was determined to stay the course or until God told me to quit."

In his third year (2001-2002), things finally began to turn around. The group finished the year with 10 people in it. Treese says that from that first group of 10, 3 of those students went into full-time ministry. Then in his fourth year at EKU, the group became firmly established with an average attendance of 20 students.

Since then, Treese has seen the EKU Chi Alpha grow to as many as 40 students, but with total turnover taking place every four years, the size of the group fluctuates from year to year, ranging between 20 and 40 students.

"Although Ray didn't see many visible signs of growth those first two years, I believe his commitment to God's call resulted in seeds being planted," Martin says. "And as a result of his determination, he not only planted seeds, but has come to see the results as well."

In his attire of shorts, T-shirt and a baseball cap, Treese makes himself available around campus; holds events such as passing out grilled cheese sandwiches, hosting a movie night, or conducting a weekend retreat; or simply visits with a student over a cup of coffee. As a result, many of the 17,000 EKU students have come to view him as the campus grandfather.

Ray Treese at Lake Reba
Ray Treese, center, hamming it up with his Chi Alpha group on a retreat at Lake Reba.

"As students see me as a grandfather, I have an immediate rapport with them," he says. "Students will talk to me about things they may not even discuss with their own parents."

Treese, who attends Faith Created Assembly in Richmond, also works hard to help his Chi Alpha students develop the Christian life skills they will need once they graduate, having them lead in many areas of ministry and in services. As an example, he tells how there used to be 15 bars in relatively small area of town, frequented by thousands of students.

"Our students would go downtown about the time the bars closed and pass out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and witness to students," he recalls. "They would witness to students and offer them free rides back to campus. Students and ministers would also do prayer walks where the bars were...within three years, there were only two or three bars left and only a relative handful of students frequenting them."

Treese explains that although retirees may not initially consider Chi Alpha as a ministry for them, he is living proof that age is not a limitation. However, he says the first step is to educate the local pastor so the door can be opened to seniors.

"A church may not be able to afford to hire a full-time minister to head up a Chi Alpha group on a local college campus, but there are seniors who would be happy to take over a ministry like that — as many are self-supporting with their retirement income and as they would be district appointed missionaries, they could also receive funding from programs such as Speed the Light," Treese says. "But, the problem is, they don't know how to get it started. If the church would join with district and national Chi Alpha leaders to present the opportunity, perhaps conduct a workshop, I think there would be seniors who would really enjoy this."

"Ray took the required courses through Global University to earn his credentials," Martin says. "Retirees or those who are about to retire can start taking these distance education courses now and see the doors to ministry in all kinds of fields — including Chi Alpha — become open to them. Retiring may signal the end of one part of a person's life, but it could also signal the beginning of a whole new life of fulfillment in ministry!"

"The first time I led someone to Christ on campus . . . that's what really turned me on to campus ministry," Treese says. "Students from broken families, students with disruptive parents, students from better parts of town — it doesn't matter the background — if you need Christ you need Christ. To see them turned on to Jesus makes it all worth while."

 

Authors: Dan Van Veen

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