How about the seven deadly sins?
The corporal works of mercy?
The Ninety-five Theses?
What did you get from your true love on the eleventh day of
Christmas? Now see how you do in answering these questions:
Would you characterize your first role in a play as that of an animal, a vegetable, or a mineral?
Can you still recall the one line you were assigned in the fifth-grade production?
Do you secretly crave reliving those silly retreat and camp skits, even as an adult?
If you are like most people . . . uh, scratch that, because if you were like most people, you’d be playing golf or taking a nap instead of reading this intro. The point is, people remember and recall what they experience much more easily than what they are told or what they read. If you doubt that, spend five minutes listening to any teenager in the universe talk about what he or she remembers from two years ago. Most likely it’s not going to fit under the category “All-Time Favorite Lecture” or “The Textbook I Continue to Read Each Night.” Experience- based learning is a technique we learning theorists refer to as active learning, and for many reasons, it works with young people (it actually works with old people too, but they don’t readily admit that).
The fact that you can remember your starring role in your second-grade Christmas pageant—and that you forgot all your lines after tripping and falling on the way to the manger—has a lot to do with the fact that you were actively engaged in that experience. Even though you continue to confuse “starring role” with actually portraying “a star,” that shining moment is still perched at the top of your memory list, outplacing chapter six of your Church history text. To a large extent, that is be- cause drama uses just about all your senses and puts you “out there,” taking a risk onstage, entertaining a crowd, and possi- bly even teaching a lesson (insert “gasp!” here).
To put it simply, Ready-to-Go Scripture Skits engages the participants in an active form of learning that is hard to beat. It achieves MLP (maximum learning potential) through FLP (full laugh potential). Plus the skits are so off-the-wall that you will have no problem involving just about everybody in your group one way or another (actually most of the participants will have no choice in the matter!). Best of all, the Ready-to-Go