Five Ways to Get Out of a Rut When Leading Sunday School

I don’t know about you, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut in most aspects of life. Sunday School instruction is no different. I know—I’ve been there. You get locked into one kind of routine. When you started teaching, you probably never thought you’d keep doing this routine week in and week out. … Continue Reading

Free Craft Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. Are you ready to celebrate Mom in Sunday School? Don’t worry! These three craft ideas below will help your students create meaningful keepsakes to celebrate Mom. Click the link for detailed instructions and try out our suggestions on how to personalize each one. 1.  Helping Hands Apron – Try adding phrases … Continue Reading

Summer Shake-Up

As the school year draws to a close and summer begins, it’s time to consider shaking up your usual approach to Sunday School during these busy summer months. Summer Sunday School is a challenge for most congregations. Vacations and other changes in attendance patterns, often mean fewer students and even fewer available volunteers. Sadly, the … Continue Reading

What Are We Going to Do about Summer Sunday School THIS year?

Sunday School IS very important. But come summer, at churches large and small, faithful superintendents and directors face two major problems: Student attendance drops dramatically. It starts as soon as school gets out, and by mid-summer, attendance may only be 10 percent of the normal level. Consistent teachers are hard to find! Students need consistency … Continue Reading

Lessons Learned: Teacher Appreciation

Sunday School, Midweek, and Vacation Bible School teachers are probably among the most underappreciated volunteers in the church. Unlike Day School teachers, these volunteers work with children only on a weekly basis, or in the case of VBS teachers, only once a year. While some volunteer teachers might receive a small Christmas gift from their regular … Continue Reading

Lessons Learned: Leadership Teams

What do you do when the longtime Sunday School superintendent announces that they want to retire? After only a few months at my last congregation, that’s exactly the message I received. Little did I understand the challenge that lay ahead. This faithful superintendent had served more than 29 years as the Sunday School leader in … Continue Reading

Lessons Learned: Supply Management

The remodeling of our Sunday School classrooms left teachers with no place to stash supplies needed for class each week. The recently removed supply cabinets seemed to encourage pack rat behavior among the teachers, so we needed a different solution. Thankfully, my hyper-organized wife came to the rescue with some supply management advice. Our Sunday … Continue Reading

Lesson Learned: Craft Sticks

Construction crews were coming to begin the process of combining our small Sunday School classrooms into larger spaces to accommodate the growing Day School. One of my tasks was to empty out the overflowing Sunday School supply cabinets. Years ago, a congregational handyman built these special cabinets for each Sunday School room. Each one contained … Continue Reading

7 Confessions of a Not-So-Super Superintendent

Let me start by saying, I love Sunday School. I first taught Sunday School when I was twenty years old. I loved it, so I taught VBS that same year and was thus inspired to become a Lutheran school teacher. Fast forward a little to when I was newly married and my husband was serving his first … Continue Reading

The Ten Commandments for Sunday School Teachers

The Ten Commandments for Sunday School Teachers Seek God’s guidance first as you prepare your lesson each week. Keep the Word of God holy. It’s the chief tool for instructing your students. Honor the Sabbath Day by renewing yourself in worship and regular reception of the Sacrament. Honor the fathers and the mothers by keeping … Continue Reading