Should Teaching Sunday School Be Easy?: An Encouraging Word for Sunday School Teachers

I have the privilege of offering teacher training workshops to hundreds of Sunday School teachers and children’s workers every year.  I love what I do, but sometimes I don’t like what I hear.  Take, for example, this question:  Do you have something easy I can do for Sunday School?  If I am honest, when I hear that, it’s like hearing fingernails being scraped on the chalkboard.  On one hand, I know we are all busy and life is more hectic than ever.  However, on the other hand, it’s crucially important that every Christian children’s worker understands that teaching children about God might be one of the most important jobs they will ever have.  Important jobs take a lot of work.  They are not easy and require a great deal of preparation and passion.

Preparation:

There’s a saying which goes like this: The teacher who fails to prepare, prepares to fail.  If you are only preparing for Sunday School on Saturday night, you are not putting the time and work in that God and your children deserve.  All the elements of a good Sunday school class should be well thought out and completely prepared.  Have you read and meditated on the Bible story you will share?  Are you ready to present the story in a creative way that will keep your children interested and engaged?  If doing a craft, do you have all the items ready for each child?  Are your worship songs ready to sing?  Make sure each and every part of your class time is completely ready to present.

Passion:

On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited do you get about waking up on Sunday morning to share what God has given you with your kids?  Now before you start thinking I’m some kind of saint, I have to tell you that I have my Sundays where my energy level is not very high.  On the other hand, I can definitely attest to the fact that there are many Sundays where I can’t wait to get to my class.  I am genuinely excited to share what God has given me to share to each and every child.  Ask my husband.  He will say it’s true.  Being prepared with my Bible lesson and songs and Bible review games truly heightens my excitement.  Praying and asking the Lord to bless each of the kids this week gets my engine roaring.  There are so many kids sitting in Sunday school rooms across the world who are just waiting for someone to share God’s love with them.  Yes.  This is even true of kids from Christian homes.  As a Sunday school teacher, you have the unique opportunity to pour into your 6 or 7 kids (or whatever your class size is) and lavish on them God’s wonderful and life-changing truths.  That is pretty incredible!

Bottom line – Being a Sunday school teacher is not easy and it takes good homework.  You should see being a Sunday school teacher as one of the greatest things you get to do each week.  Your kids deserve it.


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