Creating a Killer Quiet Time

Guest entry by Dustin Stottman, FBC Clinton

Teach It

Don’t assume that your students know what a quiet time is (It’s not exactly self-explanatory). Take the first 5 minutes of Tuesday’s quiet time to teach students what this practice is all about. Walk them through how to follow the quiet time in the student book.  

Model It

We all want students to make a daily quiet time a regular discipline in their lives. I’m convinced that one of the most effective things we can do to reach this goal is modeling it to our students in our own lives. 

When your group has quiet time each morning, instruct all of your adult sponsors to do their quiet time alongside the students. If we’re telling students to read the Bible while we’re talking in the corner, we send the message that it’s not really that important. I like to get up early at camp and have my quiet time before the craziness of the day, but, when our students have their quiet time, I sit and open my Bible right beside them, because it matters that they see me doing what I’m telling them to do. 

Share It

Give students multiple opportunities throughout the week to share how God has been using their quiet time. Here are a few suggestions:

               Family Groups 

               Meal Times

               Mid-day In-Cabin Bible Study

In each of these settings, different students could share one of the highlights from their personal time with God and encourage others in their own quiet times. 

What are some other ideas you have that make this element of camp effective?

Guest entry by Dustin Stottman, FBC Clinton