Introduction to Christian Education
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kara Powell
January 1, 2002
"The SCORE Method"

I.   The Problem
A.   Christian Education communication tends to lack focus
B.   If we don't have an objective, others will creep in:
1.   I hope they like me
2.   I want to give them a lot of information
3.   I hope they are impressed with my depth or knowledge
II.   Haddon Robinson's Response
A.   A sermon should be a bullet and not buckshot. Ideally each sermon is the explanation, interpretation, or application of a single dominant idea supported by other ideas, all drawn from one passage or several passages of Scripture
B.   A mist in the pulpit becomes a fog in the pew
III.   This is extra important for teaching children and teens
A.   They have a limited attention span
B.   They are concrete thinkers
IV.   Overview of the S.C.O.R.R.E. Method
A.   Subject
1.   Defined as what you want to talk about in 1 or 2 words
2.   Guidelines
a.   Must touch the audience
b.   Within bounds of knowledge my knowledge
c.   Limited by assignment
d.   Limited by interest of Scripture
B.   Central Theme
1.   Defined as a selection of one aspect of the subject
C.   Objective
1.   A sentence that summarizes everything you say
2.   3 Components
a.   Proposition - every proposition follows with these questions
i.   How? - (Everybody can pray for an hour a day...by following my plan to reduce stress in your life)
ii.   Why? - (Everybody should pray for an hour a day...because it will improve your relationship with God in these three ways)
b.   Interrogative Response
c.   Key Word
3.   A Few Notes
a.   This will be the hardest part of preparing a lesson
b.   You'll never say this statement exactly
D.   Rationale
1.   Defined as the main points
2.   3 Rules
a.   Must correspond to key word
b.   States as briefly as possible
c.   Parallel in grammatical form
E.   Resources
1.   Defined as the illustrations that bring the talk to life
2.   2 Guidelines
a.   Should bring light and color to the talk
b.   Should clarify and strengthen your Rationale (don't dilute the focus of the message)
3.   Where do you find illustrations
a.   You look around in real life
b.   Your personal Bible story
c.   Books
d.   Magazines, & Newspapers
e.   TV & Movies (tape everything I watch)
4.   Finding and filing illustrations - if things aren't written down you'll probably forget it
F.   Evaluation
1.   Throughout your talk preparation
2.   The principle of one ahead - always be ONE talk ahead