Intentional Advent Celebrations with Families

How can your church intentionally engage with families this Advent season? This is already a high-volume, overly scheduled time of year. Even so, I would argue that the need for community relationships has never been greater. Here are a few ideas to leverage the opportunities and relationships you have with families toward a richer, more … Continue Reading

Advent is coming! Advent is coming!

Advent is coming! Advent is coming! Do these words send you into a stress-induced fetal pose or are you more in the elf camp? Like most people, I am positioned right in the middle! With so many extras at this season of the year, is it possible to partner with parents and encourage families to … Continue Reading

A Thanksgiving Experiment

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are already creating our lists. We are focused and detail-oriented, thoughtful and precise. Wait! To be sure you and I are on the same page—I’m not talking about the Thanksgiving dinner shopping list or the Christmas wish list! No, right now I am pondering the list of all of … Continue Reading

Thanking God for Preschool Leaders!

Consider the scene: Goldfish crackers, a tub of largely mismatched (read: broken) crayons, a half-used container of partially dried hand wipes, and the unmistakable smell of something vaguely sour. . . . Do you see it? What kind of space am I describing? No, NOT Pastor’s office! I’m talking about the preschool room of Sunday school kiddos at … Continue Reading

Teaching Thanksgiving through Jesus’ Example

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to reflect on the importance of giving thanks from a Christian perspective, examining especially Jesus’ example and the impact it has for us. In this month’s blog, you’ll find valuable insights to share with students and ideas for reinforcing activities. Giving thanks keeps us mindful of God’s continuous generosity. … Continue Reading

Making the Reformation Meaningful for Sunday School Students

Why the Protestant Reformation matters Look around you. We live in a society that is increasingly hostile to organized religion and even the basic concept of absolute truth. Even among confessing Christians, there has been a mass exodus from the historical denominations toward non-denominational churches. Both within and without the sanctuary walls, it seems that … Continue Reading

Growing As a Sunday School Leader

Thank you for volunteering in your church! You probably hear this all the time from the parents you work with and the staff at your church, but just in case they are running around crazy trying to handle all of the details for the week, here’s a little encouragement for you: What you do makes … Continue Reading

Maximizing Your Impact throughout the Week

Your Sunday School lessons are planned, you have been praying for your sweet kiddos, and your time together with them is something you look forward to all week! Watching their eyes light up as they connect their hearts to the fact that our awesome God absolutely loves them is an epic experience! Thank you for … Continue Reading

Cultivating family faith talk

With the school year back in session, families are constantly on the move. It can seem daunting to make time for family devotions. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite books that make it easy for busy families to connect with God’s Word. Search and Find Bible Stories Search and Find Bible … Continue Reading

Sharing the powerful lessons of Joseph and His Brothers

The account of Joseph and his brothers includes some powerful lessons that not only express God righteous will for daily living, but also can be connected to Jesus Christ and His work for our redemption. For this post, I will take each of the portions in turn, highlighting salient points and offering practical ideas. Joseph … Continue Reading