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Tony Brooks: 4 Transformative Benefits of Training for Sunday School/Small Group Teachers

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Posted: 2/28/17 at 11:05am Post by Tony Brooks.

II Timothy 2:15 says: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (NIV)

Teachers and disciples must continue to learn. There is nothing more frustrating and disappointing than to hear someone say, “I have learned all I want to learn.” As long as there is breath, we continue to learn and allow God to shape us. (See Jeremiah 18.)

Today, I want to encourage you to seek teacher training on a regular basis. If you are a public school teacher, lawyer, doctor, nurse, or other professional, you are expected to experience continued education/learning every year. We have a bigger responsibility than all of the above as Sunday School/Bible study teachers. We are asked to facilitate a discussion of God’s Word (alive and transforming.)

Here are four benefits of training on a regular basis:

1. We always need a reminder of the “why.”

From its inception, Sunday School was a missionary and disciple-making endeavor. Over time with our busy schedules, we, as teachers, can become complacent. We can see teaching as just another duty or service. We need reminders that Sunday School/Small Groups are a life-changing and transformative experience.

Transformation is essential. James 1:22 reads, Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV) We need to be reminded that Bible study is not just about knowing the Bible, but living accordingly. How do we teach for life transformation?

2. We discover new ways of teaching and new resources.

At every training conference I have attended over the years, I could always find new teaching ideas:  curriculum, learning style approaches, outreach ideas, ways to care for class members, and wonderful anecdotes to use with my class. One or two ideas, which can be implemented in your class, make it worthwhile.

3. We receive encouragement as we meet new teachers and share with each other.

Sometimes as a youth teacher, I felt isolated at church. I was the only youth teacher, and I faced joys and frustrations with no one to really understand where I was. Proverbs 27:17 reads, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (NIV) When I attended conferences for youth teachers, I met others who faced similar struggles and joys. We could stay in touch and continue to encourage each other! Training leads to new relationships with other teachers.

4.  Training rekindles our calling.

Teachers are missionaries and disciple-makers. We sometimes put this calling on the back burner, and need to be reminded of this fact. Allow the Spirit to fan the flame within you as you seek training. You will come back with a renewed sense of purpose and calling.

 

Here are some Sunday School training events coming up:

Webinars:

  • Connecting Scripture & Digital Teens by John Uldrick. We will discuss reasons why technology is important when we teach scripture as well as how to utilize technology effectively with teenagers in Sunday School on March 23, at 7 p.m. Deadline to register March 20.

Register Online

 

  • Special Needs: How to make your church a welcoming and inclusive one; and some practical tips on how to present Bible material to those with special needs. This webinar is April 27, at 7 p.m. led by Mary Buckner. Deadline to register April 24.

Register Online

 

Training Event for SS Directors

National SS Directors TrainingSaturday, April 1, 8:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 20957 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg. There is no cost since Lifeway will pick up the tab. This is an excellent training. If your church does not have a SS director, your pastor or a staff member can come. Deadline to register March 22.

Register Online

 

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 

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