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Anna Johnson

Deaconess Anna Johnson is a marketing manager at Concordia Publishing House. After graduating from the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago, she continued her studies at the University of Colorado—Denver in education and human development. She has worked as a church youth director and served a variety of other nonprofit organizations, such as the Lutheran Mission Society of Maryland. Anna loves playing video games and drinking a hot cup of tea almost as much as she loves her cat and her husband.

Recent Posts by Anna Johnson

How to Address Different Skill Levels in Your Sunday School Class

No two kids are the same. We all know that. And just because a group of kids are all in the same grade doesn’t mean they all have the same gifts, interests, and abilities. Thus, even though you might be teaching a certain grade-level class, there will naturally be a wide variation of skill and knowledge within that group. Some students may have special needs that affect their learning. But what if you have a class that doesn’t even have kids from all the same grade level? These types of situations happen all the time in Sunday School.

Downloadable Reformation Activities for Children's Ministry

Looking for some fun, free activities to help your church celebrate Reformation 500? We've just released a complete set of Reformation trivia, coloring pages, and hidden picture activities for your church to include in this month's celebration. Get an inside look at each of the resources and click on the link below to download them for Sunday School, Children's church, or other children's ministry events.

Tune In to Splash Canyon Music

Song-Action Videos

We're so excited to share our all-new Splash Canyon music for VBS 2018! This year's program includes six original pieces and two hymns especially tailored for use in Splash Canyon VBS. These high-energy tunes are sure to keep kids excited as they celebrate Jesus, God's promise on life's wild ride!

Sharing God's Mighty Word: 2017 Mission Project Update

Here's a huge "thank you" to everyone who has supported our 2017 mission project, Sharing God's Mighty Word. Because of your partnership, we have raised more than $80,000 to send Bibles and books to children across the country!

Adults with Special Needs — Teaching a Separate Class

What? Teaching adults with special needs in a separate class? I thought that wasn’t the way we do things anymore. But it’s important to remember that one size doesn’t fit all. One type of classroom doesn’t meet everyone's needs. Just as all children with special needs don’t need the same thing, neither do adults with special needs.

Join us for Splash Canyon: VBS 2018

Make a Splash at VBS

We are so excited to tell you about our new VBS for 2018, Splash Canyon: God’s Promise on Life’s Wild Ride. At this exciting river-rafting adventure, children and volunteers discover that on life’s wild ride, Jesus is by our side. Even in turbulent times when sin and Satan threaten to capsize our faith—God says “Yes” to us in Jesus, our promised Savior!

The Back-Up Box . . . or Bag

Didn’t our mothers all teach us that we always need a back-up plan?

7 Confessions of a Not-So-Super Superintendent

Let me start by saying, I love Sunday School. I first taught Sunday School when I was twenty years old. I loved it, so I taught VBS that same year and was thus inspired to become a Lutheran school teacher. Fast forward a little to when I was newly married and my husband was serving his first parish. Naturally, I was eager to help him and our new congregation by teaching Sunday School. At our next congregation there was not an immediate need for Sunday School teachers, so I breathed a private little sigh of relief. A few years later, I had the pleasure of being my own children’s Sunday School teacher. After a while, there was a need for a Sunday School superintendent. Since that seemed easier than prepping for weekly lessons and my children were tired of me, I said yes and have served several terms in that role, always sharing the job with other dedicated friends in Christ.

Special Needs in Sunday School

“I don’t have to think about that because we don’t have any kids with special needs in Sunday School,” said many Sunday School teachers in many places.

Not us? Not true.