Assemblies of God News
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Resources are available at