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Pete Jurchen

Rev. Pete Jurchen is Editor of Curriculum Resources at CPH. In addition to his MDiv, he has a MS Ed. in Curriculum Leadership and enjoys the pursuit of lifelong learning. He is honored to serve the congregations of the LCMS by equipping and partnering with its households in engaging their God-given vocations. He lives in Imperial, MO, with his wife, Deb, and his four children.

Recent Posts by Pete Jurchen

Bringing Your Passions into Your Classroom

We all have different passions for different things in life. Chances are that you, a Sunday School teacher, didn't always expect to be leading a class. In other words, teaching Sunday School hasn't always been one of your passions. First off, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution. You have a valuable task in helping fulfill Jesus' command to the Church to go into the world baptizing and teaching. God uses your service, whether or not you always feel it working.

Five Ways to Get Out of a Rut When Leading Sunday School

I don't know about you, but it's easy to get stuck in a rut in most aspects of life. Sunday School instruction is no different. I know---I've been there. You get locked into one kind of routine. When you started teaching, you probably never thought you'd keep doing this routine week in and week out. Regardless, here you are, years later. You and your learners may be tired of doing things the same way in Sunday School over and over. You may be feeling burnout set in, and just showing up to teach may be a weekly burden. Don't despair! Getting out of that same routine may be as simple as asking yourself one or more of these innovation-driving questions. Consider how these can help you or the teachers in your congregation reenergize routines and get out of that rut.

Five Ways to Respond to the Question, Why Do Bad Things Happen?

"Why do bad things happen?"

It's a common question. In fact, I'd say it's probably the most common and difficult question each one of us human beings face each day. We all go about our business, living each day just like the last. Then BAM. There's a tragedy or a disaster. Someone loses a job, there's a death in the family, a lie or betrayal is exposed, or a tornado strikes. In a moment, our everyday comfortable life is upended. We're left asking the question, why?

3 Reasons Why "The Sunday School Answer" Is Still the Best

What is the "Sunday School Answer"?

There's an old joke that the correct answer to any question asked by a Sunday School teacher is Jesus. Who loves you? Jesus! Why does this story matter? Jesus! Who drove you to church this morning?

Answering Tough Questions with "Why?"

"Why?"

Don't Throw That Away Just Yet

I have an admission: I'm guilty. I'm guilty of not always paying much attention to the Sunday School materials my kids bring home.