Previously I mentioned I was writing a potential adult teacher training course with content built around how Sunday School can help the church carry out the five purposes: evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship. I have already created the outline for the four-week course. Now, I am adding the content and refining.
When finished, the four weeks will cover the following:
- Week 1: introduction, overview of Sunday School, goals of Sunday School,
- Week 2: ministry and assimilation,
- Week 3: reach and teach/worship, part 1, and
- Week 4: teach/worship, part 2 and review.
I have previously written about the goals of Sunday School. How should a teacher lead his/her class in the areas of ministry, assimilation, reaching, and teaching/worship? Be practical in your suggestions. How can new teachers lead their adult classes to minister to needs? How can new teachers get members and guests to stick? What do new teachers need to do to lead their classes to invite and connect with people outside of class? How can new teachers prepare and teach in such a way that members are led to meet God in Bible study?
How can an adult class carry of the Kingdom purposes? What are some key Kingdom actions which can be pursued by the teacher and class? Naturally, I already have some basic ideas. To address ministry, I believe care groups/teams work effectively. Class greeters, everyone in ministry, and name tags help in assimilation. An invitation leader and/or team, good records, and projects help us in reaching. Prayer, great preparation, variety of teaching methods, and good questions help in teaching/worship.
I hope to make the material available online. This would allow churches to train potential teachers shortly after they are enlisted. Training could be done privately at a convenient time and place for the individual or could be done with a small group at the church. Train your leaders. Invest in apprentices. Help potential teachers start well. Expect a lot. Be revolutionary!