Topic: Leading & Following

Train Every Volunteer!

Employers train new hires. Teens are trained to drive. Personal trainers help you reach your exercise goals. Training is common everywhere . . . except the church. Most churches feel they’re doing well if they offer Sunday school teacher training. The reality is that every church volunteer should be trained for ministry. But aren’t most…

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Building a Christ-Centered Learning Community

It’s time! The new school year is here. If you are a teacher for Sunday school or weekday programs, you are probably eager to gather with your class and start learning more about Jesus together. What’s the most important part of your time together? Is it learning Bible stories, Bible truths, and how they apply…

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Train Every Volunteer!

Employers train new hires. Teens are trained to drive. Personal trainers help you reach your exercise goals. Training is common everywhere . . . except the church. Most churches feel they’re doing well if they offer Sunday school teacher training. The reality is that every church volunteer should be trained for ministry. But aren’t most…

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Sharing Spaces — how to make it work

As we work together in our church buildings, most of us share rooms or spaces with others. Meeting rooms are usually used by many different groups. In some settings, preschool or day care classrooms are used on Sunday mornings for Sunday school classes. Common areas are used by many people coming and going to a…

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Making Mission Trips Meaningful

Where are you going this summer?  In years past, people would have answered the Grand Canyon or Door County, Disney World or the Badlands, Grandpa’s farm or my aunt’s condo in Florida. Lots of people do still enjoy spending time relaxing in those places. But many Christians today are just as likely to spend part of…

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“Thank You, Teacher!”

A parent pauses in the hallway after class to tell the teacher, “Jeremy is learning a lot in Sunday school. Thank you!” The pastor makes a special effort several times each year to stop by the children’s classrooms and give a quick thumbs-up to the staff working there. Even though he will be a few…

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Where’s YOUR Church?

“Where is your church?” If you asked me that, I could give you a street address in Arlington Heights, Illinois. But I’d rather answer it by showing you the three large maps on display in our church lobby. One is a world map. Another is a map of Arlington Heights and the neighboring suburbs. Between…

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It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 5-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Are you looking for a simple way to say thanks to the teachers in your church? No matter where they teach or what the age of their students, every teacher appreciates a pat on the back once in a while! Here’s a thank-you note you can include in…

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Make Team Teaching Work—for you AND the kids

Team teaching makes sense in all kinds of ways for Sunday school, midweek classes, and Bible clubs, too: It’s safer. Kids need not leave the room alone to get a drink or use the restroom. One adult can go with them to the hallway, while her co-leader stays with the rest of the group. It’s…

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A Step Downa free devotion for National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Read John 13:1–17. As you read, emphasize verses 4-5 He had to kneel. There’s no other way to wash someone’s feet. Bending over won’t do at all. So Jesus knelt. It was a step down. A giant step down, when we consider the rainbow-encircled throne from which he had descended three short decades earlier. God…

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