Here are the features I believe are necessary for a good basics seminar on Bible and doctrine:
- Time: Class time should be between 6 to 12 hours. These are the basics. Longer than that and you're getting beyond the basics. Homework should be between 6 to 12 hours.
- Homework: Getting a framework or mental model down will require time for integration and practice. That's why homework will be essential.
- Structure: Rather than separating Bible orientation and doctrine (treating them as separate subjects), I think doctrine is best understood and retained in the context of understanding the basic flow of the Bible story. It starts with God's creation and proceeds through the fall of humanity and God's plan for redemption as it unfolds through Scripture (story-line) and history (time-line), culminating in the book of Revelation.
So those are the basics on the basics from my perspective. Any thoughts?