New Training Ideas
Here are new ways to teach your volunteers the Scriptures.
- Bible-Teacher Training — Give your teachers
an overview of the Old or New Testaments. Max Anders’ Thirty
Days to Understanding the Bible (Word) is an excellent
resource. In your teacher-training meetings, consider a series on
what every teacher should know about God and eternal life.
- Radio Speakers — Encourage teachers to tune
in to a Christian station. Give specific recommendations so they
avoid off-the-wall teachers and doctrines. Inform them periodically
of preaching series that are especially relevant.
- Devotional Guides — We provide our leadership
team with monthly devotional guides. Anything you do to stimulate
teachers to read God’s Word daily will pay healthy dividends.
- Short-Term Bible Studies — Periodically offer
a six-week study of God’s Word. Precept Ministries has studies that
not only teach God’s Word but also train people to do inductive
Bible studies of their own.
- Basic Beliefs Course — Consider bringing in a
teacher to instruct the children in your church’s basic beliefs.
Briefly focus on a different belief each week such as the
Incarnation or the sinlessness of Christ. Encourage your teachers
to attend and participate. Not only will you ground the children,
but you’ll also equip your teachers.
- Bible Reading Program — Recommend that your
staff read through the Bible in a year. A number of good reading
plans are available at Christian bookstores. I use the plan in the
back of the Ryrie Study Bible (Moody). By reading the same books of
the Bible, your teachers can support one another.
- Bible Survey — No one is more motivated than
a new teacher. Encourage all new teachers to read through a Bible
survey book their first year. Henrietta Mears’ book What the Bible
Is All About (Regal) is a good survey for new teachers. By gaining
a grasp of the whole Bible, your teachers will find teaching easier
since they’ll have so much more knowledge to draw from.
- Lesson Supplements — There are people in your
church who love in-depth Bible study. Enlist these people to write
a one-page supplement each week on the Bible passage the teachers
will be presenting. Have them list important cross references,
interesting Bible background, and doctrinal truths the passage
teaches. As your teachers prepare their lessons, they can quickly
work through the supplement and broaden their understanding of the
passage and the Bible as a whole.
Passing On The Faith
Great resources to use in training your volunteers.
Kids LOVE these Sunday School resources!
- Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul
has short chapters that effectively present Bible doctrines.
- Precept Upon Precept trains people to do inductive
Bible studies (Precept Ministries, 800-763-8280).
- The Ryrie Study Bible by Charles Ryrie includes the
appendix, “A Synopsis of Bible Doctrine,” which contains a helpful
outline of Bible doctrine (Moody Press, 800-621-5111).
- Thirty Days to Understanding What Christians Believe
by Max Anders presents a summary of basic doctrine with self-tests
- The New Christian’s Handbook by Max Anders is a
four-volume series on the basics of the faith.
- Devotional Guides:
- “Daily Walk,” “Closer Walk,” “Family Walk” (Walk Thru the Bible
- “Our Daily Bread” (RBC Ministries, 800-598-7221).
- “Tabletalk” (Ligonier Ministries, 800-435-4343).
A PLACE FOR EVERYONE
Rather than turning away volunteers who are still truth-seekers,
find places for them to serve as they grow in the basic belief
areas of the Christian faith. Although you need to avoid placing
seekers in positions where they’d be teaching content, there are
these people can serve. A few suggestions:
- Membership Clerk — Someone who keeps track of attendance.
- Teacher’s Aide — A helper who’s always accompanied by a
teacher but encouraged to interact with children.
- Supply Clerk — Someone who stocks supply closets.
- Greeter — A friendly person who makes children feel
- Craft Gatherer — This person is responsible for collecting
craft supplies for teachers.
- Bus or Van Driver — Anyone with an appropriate license and
“nerves of steel.”
- Publicity Chairman — Preferably someone with access to good
- Recreation Leader — A whiz at leading children in sports and
- Snack Chef — The kids’ favorite person in your entire
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