I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t know of a more rewarding thing than teaching the bible to children on a weekly basis. I have been teaching younger children in Sunday School for the past 10 years of my life, and I can’t imagine missing out on the ministry that happens during that one hour (well, let’s be honest -1 1/2 to 2 hours) each week.
And since we’re being honest, my church (Rolling Hills Community Church), really makes it easy for me to focus on preparing the lesson (we use Worship KidStyle). We have a great kids ministry intern (SHOUT OUT TO MADELINE!!!) who prepares all of the resources we will need for the week, so I’m not worrying about whether or not we have enough stuff in the resource room to do what we need to do. Our incredible Kids and Family Minister, Nic, has added volunteers to do check-in and check-out, so I can really focus on relationships with kids and teaching the bible rather than making sure that that everyone is where they need to be. Those two things alone have changed my world when it comes to teaching on Sunday morning. It’s put my focus back on the right thing, the life-changing thing (the word of God) rather than all of the busy stuff that happens on Sunday mornings (check-in, check-out, bathroom breaks, supply gathering). And (more honesty here) if given the chance, my tendency is to focus on the busy stuff rather than the life-changing stuff.
I feel like there are probably more Sunday School teachers out there like me. We are the Sunday School teachers that are called to teach kids. We are committed to being at church every Sunday we are able. We are going to tell you when we will not be at church because we know that there needs to be a sub. But, without help and guidance, we are going to focus on the busy stuff. And the busy stuff causes us to become tired and burnt out.
Are you doing all you can to help your Sunday School teachers focus on the life-changing stuff rather than the busy stuff?