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Tony Brooks: Four Ways to Train Your Sunday School Workers

Posted: 7/24/18 at 11:40am. Post by Tony Brooks.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 NIV)

As you prepare for a new year in Sunday School and discipleship, what training are you planning?

Have a covenant with your workers when they agree to serve. I suggest having a commissioning service and prayer of dedication to start a new year with Sunday School teachers, workers, and small group leaders. In that covenant, they should agree to attend at least one training event during the year.

Have a quarterly meeting. In the 1970s and 1980s, we had a weekly workers’ meeting where we met on Wednesday nights to talk about the upcoming lesson and model some learning styles. I realize those days are gone for most churches. If you could meet once a quarter, you could focus on your teachers’ needs as well as the theme (if they use the same curriculum). If not, you could pray over the classes and provide some inspiration.

Share a good book. I would often find a good book for Bible study teachers, read it, and pass it on. I would then sign my name, put every teacher’s name in it, and pass it off for the next one to read it. (I would start with ones who loved to read!) When each one finished reading it, they would pass it off to the next person. They would then call me to let me know. For smaller churches, it provided some training at little cost.

Look at the big-picture training! Sometimes we focus just on our class and our needs. We need to consider the bigger picture to see what God is doing. Here is an idea for training for many of the churches in Virginia:

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Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7