I had just become Sunday School director in the church and we needed a junior high girls teacher. I made a list of potential teachers (I had been a member already for a couple of years) and prayed about it. The Lord seemed to be pointing me to Terri, an outgoing forty-something gal. I gathered the curriculum and a copy of the church’s job description for Sunday School teachers. Then I called for an appointment to visit with Terri about teaching.
The Holy Spirit had guided me to Terri. What I didn’t know was that He wasn’t quite through with His guidance! As Terri and I began to talk about the possibility of her teaching teens, she surprised me by saying, “I have really been burdened about young women whose husbands will not come with them to church or who are overseas on military assignment. They don’t seem to be comfortable going to the young marrieds’ class full of couples.”
Terri had already identified four young women in the church who attended worship sporadically without their husbands. In addition, her recently married daughter and a couple of her friends were part of this target group. By the end of the enlistment visit, I had a new Sunday School teacher…and the birth of a new class for young adult gals.
The moral of this story: Pray and seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you enlist Sunday School workers. Don’t be surprised if He goes beyond your expectations. (P.S. The Holy Spirit already had another person picked out to teach the teens. In His time, He led me to enlist her as well.)
Marie Clark is Team Leader of the Bible Teaching-Discipling Team of the Kansas-Nebraska Baptist Convention of Southern Baptists. She enjoys teaching Sunday School, working in her flower beds, and solving Sudoku puzzles.