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When you hear the words “Bible drill” do you shudder? Keith Tusing has a great method that makes this a fun game for your students.

When you hear the words “Bible Drill” do you shudder? Does the idea of challenging kids to locate verses in the Bible seem to “old fashioned” for you? Do you think your kids would find it the least bit interesting? I sit here today as a reformed anti-Bible-drill devotee. YES, our kids are doing Bible Drills every Sunday and they love it!

Now, we have never used the words “Bible Drill” with our kids. Thanks to Karl Bastian we call it “Bible Dash.” Again, I have to admit I was skeptical about using something that’s been around since I was a kid (a hundred years ago!). However, every Sunday morning one of our kids favorite events is Bible Dash. It’s simple, exciting and an incredible way to help our kids learn to navigate the Bible.

We have boys complete against the girls and the competition is fierce. These are the steps we follow each week:

1. Make sure every child has a Bible. We encourage our kids to bring their own but if someone shows up without a Bible we provide one.

2. Explain the rules of the “game.” Bibles Closed – Hands on the Bible – Don’t start until we say “Go.” Shout “I’ve got it” when you find the verse.

3. Share the Scripture reference twice before shouting “Go.”

4. Identify the first child to find the verse.

5. Reward points to the winning team.

Our kids love it and look forward to it every week.


1. What about guests? Bibles are provided and our kids our encouraged to partner up with a guest and help them find the verse.

2. Is competition at church OK? We find that competition is a great motivator and it’s FUN! (I love that word)

3. Isn’t it too “old school”? Well, the scriptures are a lot older than Bible Drills and we still use those.

4. What’s the purpose? My goal is for our kids to know how to navigate the Bible and be comfortable using their Bible.

Thanks to Karl for helping me see the relevance, value and FUN in reintroducing Bible Drills to a new generation of kids. What about you? Do you use Bible Drills? Why or Why not?  

Keith Tusing Keith Tusing is a Family Ministries Pastor with 20+ years of experience serving churches in Texas and Arizona. His passion is to see Children’s and Family Ministries that encourage leaders to partner with parents in developing the next generation. He has been married to his amazing wife, Julie, for 30 years and is the father of six incredible kids.

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  • cpastor

    Interesting concept The southern Baptist Convention has had Bible Drill for many years they now call it Bible Skills Drills and Thrills. Although the State Convention does not do it thanks to AWANA We do it each year and hold compentition in April. The curriculum is available through Lifeway

  • Pam

    Keith, I agree with you. I’ve been using Bible Drills (not calling it that) for years and children love it! It’s a great way for them to find verses and hide God’s Word in their hearts. I would disagree with having boys and girls compete with one another. Too many girls feel they don’t match up to boys and the competition is very uncomfortable for them. As a Children’s Pastor I had girls and boys all on the same team and used grades to choose the teams. When I left our previous church, a male Children’s Pastor replaced me and he began to have girls and boys compete with one another. The first Sunday he did this, many girls told their parents they didn’t want to ever go back to Children’s Church and they went from feeling valued in Kid’s Church to not feeling valued at all. I had many parents tell me that the changes he made were terrible for their children, especially the decision to have them compete against each other and sadly, most of them left the church.


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