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Growing As a Sunday School Leader

Thank you for volunteering in your church! You probably hear this all the time from the parents you work with and the staff at your church, but just in case they are running around crazy trying to handle all of the details for the week, here’s a little encouragement for you: What you do makes such a difference in the lives of the children and students you serve.

Teaching Tools to Help Children Learn How to Pray

Prayer is one of the most essential parts of the Christian faith. Like any relationship, communication matters, and prayer is a way we stay in conversation with God. It’s a way we express trust in Him. When we bring out petitions to the Lord, we indicate that He is our provider, our teacher, and our Savior. Prayer keeps us from carrying the weight of our worries on our own and shows that we trust the Lord of the universe with them.

In all four Gospels, Jesus prayed to the Father both in private and in front of crowds. He taught His followers how to pray, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6 ESV). As we follow Christ, prayer becomes an important daily practice.

Children, too, are called to participate in the kingdom of God. “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14 ESV). By teaching children that prayer is a meaningful part of daily life, we help to raise up kids who have a close relationship with their Savior. Teaching prayer can be a wonderful experience, but picking the right tools, prayer techniques, and activities can be challenging. Below are a few ways to teach prayer practices to children!

Six Activities to Teach Kids about the Reformation

The Reformation, kicked off by Martin Luther on October 31 of 1517, is one of the largest turning points in history. It still affects us today. How can you help children in your church understand its importance? Here are six ways to dig deeper into the Reformation, along with some free downloadable activities.

How to Teach Children about Vocation

What is vocation and how do you teach children about it? Vocation is a word used by the church to mean the work God does through you. He has called you to the vocation of wife, husband, mother, father, child, sibling, church worker—just to name a few. But do children understand they too, play an important part in God's family?

Their vocation as child of God and child in this world is a beautiful and an important lesson to teach. 1 Corinthians 12:4–6 says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of activities, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” God does not need our help, but he uses our gifts and activities to help those around us. Each of us and each child around us has important vocations. Below are some discussion points for teaching children about vocation at home, school, church, and out in the world.

Why Routine Matters in Your Children's Ministry Program

Do you adapt easily to change? While change can be a learning opportunity, it can also be stressful—especially for children. Routines offer consistency that helps children feel comfortable and ready to learn. As a children's ministry teacher or volunteer, you may have your students only a few times a week, making routine even more crucial for a harmonious learning environment. In the following excerpt from Discipline in Christian ClassroomsRebecca Fisher explains why establishing and following a routine is so important, and offers suggestions for implementing a routine in your children's ministry classes and events.

How to Connect VBS with Your Fall Children's Ministry

For many churches, VBS is one of the most vibrant events of the year, with a lot of new faces and excitement on the faces of the familiar ones. Kids and adults alike are on cloud nine, praising Jesus and learning more about Him. How can your church keep this energy going in your fall children's ministry? We have some great tips for maintaining the enthusiasm of VBS all year long for Sunday School, Midweek classes, or confirmation classes.

Maximizing Your Impact throughout the Week

Your Sunday School lessons are planned, you have been praying for your sweet kiddos, and your time together with them is something you look forward to all week! Watching their eyes light up as they connect their hearts to the fact that our awesome God absolutely loves them is an epic experience! Thank you for being a Sunday School teacher! What you do is huge and it is kingdom-building!!

Keeping Middle School Youth Involved after VBS

Does this sound familiar? Middle school youth volunteer for your VBS and seem to have a great time. You watch as they grow alongside the rest of the kids, singing and dancing and cheering along. But once VBS ends, they just don't seem very involved for the rest of the year.

Middle school is such a difficult time for most youth. They are transitioning into many new phases of their young lives and are experiencing a lot of change from their elementary days. They want to belong, to be wanted, and to have fun. It can be hard to reach this group, as they seem to be very concerned with what’s cool and with not standing out. However, this is a critical time to remind them about what Scripture has to say about their worth, the value of everyone, and the love of Christ! Here's some ways to help your middle school youth get more involved in church.

Cultivating family faith talk

With the school year back in session, families are constantly on the move. It can seem daunting to make time for family devotions. That's why I wanted to share some of my favorite books that make it easy for busy families to connect with God's Word.

Sharing the powerful lessons of Joseph and His Brothers

The account of Joseph and his brothers includes some powerful lessons that not only express God righteous will for daily living, but also can be connected to Jesus Christ and His work for our redemption. For this post, I will take each of the portions in turn, highlighting salient points and offering practical ideas.