Editor’s note: We are reprinting this month’s Customer Comments article from CTA’s monthly Grab N’ Go newsletter just in case you missed it. As children’s ministries begin again all across the nation, we thought you might find it encouraging—and glean a helpful idea or two along the way!
Teaching Sunday school requires a few specific personality traits. You must have the patience to cut out dozens of circles for craft time without pulling out your hair. You can’t be vain, because you will most likely be covered in marker, paint, or some type of sticky substance by the time most classes end. You have to be enthusiastic because if you aren’t having fun, the kids will lose interest fast. And of course, you need to love Jesus and love and care about the children you are teaching.
Now, we all know that no teacher can maintain these perfect traits for long. Teaching Sunday school can be a challenge at times. The path is often bumpy: A lesson that won’t come together, that one child who won’t pay attention, the week when every instructional approach fails. Sunday school volunteers desperately need the support of the church staff, congregation, and their fellow teachers.
Katie McNeece, a children’s minster at Carterville Baptist Church, directs a staff of 40 Sunday school volunteers and takes pride in supporting her teachers. The Sunday school year is long—September through July—and the church serves more than 125 kids. How does she make it all work?
The first step is a teacher orientation. “At the initial meeting for Sunday school volunteers, we get together for lunch on a Sunday afternoon for about an hour and a half,” Katie says. “We fill out get-to-know-you forms and talk about our expectations for the teachers during Sunday school hours and for responsibilities outside of the classroom. We discuss our curriculum and talk about any questions the teachers have.”
To help ensure this orientation runs smoothly, Katie uses CTA’s volunteer management resources. These products give Katie the tools she needs to stay organized and bring energy to the 40-plus volunteers attending the meeting. She also takes advantage of the free resources CTA offers, like name tags and water bottle labels. Follow the link and scroll down to “Volunteer/Staff/Church Worker Appreciation.”
“I really like the CTA items for volunteer training,” she said. “It looks really nice to have everything match. It is easy and the materials are especially relevant. CTA always has great prices and good stuff. I’m always pleased!”
Katie has been working at Carterville Baptist for the past seven years, and she continues to be amazed by the level of volunteer commitment from the congregation. She never struggles when recruiting volunteers, and she’s always supported by the church’s Sunday school committee.
“We have a wide variety of teachers. From seniors to young mothers,” comments Katie. “We even have some college students that volunteer. All of our teachers really enjoy the kids and have a good time with them.”
Every church uses volunteers in some capacity. Don’t let your volunteers go untrained or unnoticed! CTA offers everything you need to get your volunteers trained and started on the right track. Plus, you can choose from a wide variety of thank you gifts to show appreciation to your volunteers. Click over to our home page to see which resources will work best for your ministry.