Posted: 3/12/19 at 11:20am. Post by Tony Brooks.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Proverbs 32:8 NIV)
So how do we help our Sunday School teachers and small group leaders teach and counsel? Here are some ideas:
- Provide feedback: The pastor, minister of education, Sunday School director or department director (depending on your Sunday School/small groups organizational structure) should visit each class/small group on a regular basis. During these visits, he/should evaluate whether teachers are teaching to different learning styles. (If they are only lecturing, as Edgar Dale would say, their students will retain only 5% of what they said three days later.) Spend time with each teacher to ask about new options to teach.
- Show appreciation throughout the year. Realize that teachers and small group leaders are using much time to prepare. How are you showing appreciation throughout the year? The pastor, minister of education, Sunday School director, or department director (if using a Sunday School council) should send a thank-you card at least twice a year. I also suggest that you offer a prayer of commissioning to start the new year at the end of a worship service as well.
- Care for them! Send your teachers birthday cards, anniversary cards, and get to know them and ways to pray for them. Asking, “How can I pray for you?” will help them know how important they are.
- Provide training. What are you doing to provide training? Teachers are only as strong as their training. You can ask them to visit our website (https://bgav.org/sundayschool/teach/) for webinars, and ask what they thought of them. You need to provide some sort of training at least twice a year. You can also share a thought-provoking book to pass along between teachers. (If you go this route, put all names in the front page, and start with those who read a lot!) Ask them to let you know when they have passed the book along to someone else.