Recognizing Children’s Ministry Volunteers

Before you can effectively recognize your children’s ministry volunteers, it’s a good idea to ask, Why do people choose to volunteer for children’s ministry? What motivates them to serve in the first place? Small gifts are nice, and the occasional “thank-you” is appreciated, but children’s ministry volunteers really want to know they are serving God and … Continue Reading

How to Address Different Skill Levels in Your Sunday School Class

No two kids are the same. We all know that. And just because a group of kids are all in the same grade doesn’t mean they all have the same gifts, interests, and abilities. Thus, even though you might be teaching a certain grade-level class, there will naturally be a wide variation of skill and … Continue Reading

Teaching the Catechism for Grades 1-4

Teaching Luther’s Small Catechism to Your Elementary Students Oh, the joys of teaching first through fourth grade. Your students are old enough to do their own work and take their learning to a deeper level. They are becoming increasingly independent, but still try their best to please you. They are becoming more outgoing and focused … Continue Reading

4 Sunday School Teacher Must-Reads

“We wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:21) Every Sunday School teacher wants to help her students see Jesus’ love and care for them as their Savior. But every child is different. So what is the best way to reach out to your students? How do you encourage other teachers? Here are four books that every … Continue Reading

Lessons Learned: Volunteer Recruitment and Training Tips

I don’t sing well enough to lead singing. I never could play guitar and sing with kids at the same time. My tortured instrumental teachers and generous musical friends identify my piano and guitar skills as “rudimentary.” This lack of musical skills might have killed my hope to serve as a Director of Christian Education. … Continue Reading

A Sunday School Checkup

Why do a Sunday School checkup? Checkups are valuable, even if they don’t always bring good news. For example, an automotive checkup can prolong your car’s life, avoid costly repairs, and make for safe driving. A Sunday School checkup is also good. Checkups help us identify our strengths and set new goals so we can be … Continue Reading

“I Didn’t Know Our Sunday School Had . . . W5online.”

Middle school and youth teachers, this one’s for you! Let’s go back to cph.org/sundayschool and click on “Tools” again. Or just click right here. As someone with a background teaching teens, I just love this option: w5online devotions! Start out your Bible class time with an opening devotion that was written just days ago. Talk … Continue Reading

Foundations in Faith: The Ten Commandments

This summer many congregations will be taking a closer look at God’s Word and the Ten Commandments as they explore Fear, Love & Trust: Following God’s Commandments. Students will be exploring a variety of Bible accounts that reinforce and connect with the Ten Commandments. Unlike other quarters of Growing in Christ® and Cross Explorations® Sunday … Continue Reading

How to Celebrate the Reformation in Your Sunday School

As we prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, many congregations plan to host observations of this milestone. Is your congregation ready? Concordia Publishing House released a special resource to help congregations with their Reformation anniversary celebrations. Reformation Walk immerses participants in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Reformation era. Participants … Continue Reading

I Didn’t Know Our Sunday School Had . . . Bulletin Notes and Planning Pages

So if you’re reading this, you’re probably online. Great! Because some of our greatest Sunday School features can be found online. If you can click a button, you’re all set. At the bottom of this post, I’ll share with you a link that we like to call “Sunday School Tools.” Which tools will I show … Continue Reading