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THE “WHO”

OF SUNDAY
SCHOOL
I. The TEACHER
“Teaching is far more than
reading the text and
explaining what
occurred; it’s changing lives
through the Word."

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Teaching in Sunday school is one of the greatest
opportunities in the world to serve God because
it is a life-changing process. But with that
opportunity come responsibility.

Teaching Sunday school is different from most


teaching. It involves a spiritual curriculum, the
Bible; it involves the Great Commission (Matthew
28:19-20); it involves a life that is transforming, a
supernatural unction, God’s calling and the
enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.

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THREE MAIN
ROLES OF A
SUNDAY
SCHOOL
TEACHER
1. To Oversee
the Flock by
Leading
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A. Leading Them by
Example and Love
The greatest influence of many Sunday school teachers has
been the result of their leading by example. We lead and teach
some by what we say, some by what we do and most by who
we are. Leading and teaching involves loving our students and
building strong relationships with them.
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B. Leading Them by
Motivation
In leading students to be Christ-like, a teacher need to motivate
each student to explore God’s Word and apply the truths discovered
there by sharing his or her own enthusiasm for what is being studied
and giving positive encouragement for growth.
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2. To Feed the
Flock by Meeting
their Needs.
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In order to feed the flock, we must know
the needs of our students.

Knowing our student as well as our


subject/topic will help us to be effective.

Intercessory prayer for each student


reminds us of his/her needs and makes
him/her more precious to us.
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3. To Protect the
Flock by Watching
and Helping Them
to Grow
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The most effective teachers are those who
show interest and concern in their students’
lives.
A big part of this involves being open and
honest about growth and struggles in our own
lives.
It is not just instructing them but listening
actively to understand what they really meant
when they shared with us their days and stories.

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CLASSROOM
MANAGEMENT OF
A SUNDAY
SCHOOL
TEACHER
• Long-term behavioral change,
not quick fixed
Deal with student behavior
Rules must make sense
Be a model of what you expect
Stop doing what is ineffective
Be fair
RESPONSIBILITY vs.
OBEDIENCE
Welcome every student
Model effective expressions of
behavior with your students

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I. The
STUDENTS/L
EARNERS

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Nursery (ages 0-3) AGE OF DISCOVERY
Physical Mental Social Spiritual
(Actor) (Discovery) (Self-centered) (Imitator)

-Likes to help, -Needs familiar things -Plays alone -Loves learning


imitate around them-teacher, -Upset by confusion about God
-Likes rhymes and room, etc. -Needs LOVE, -Can trustfully
rhythms UNDERSTANDING depend on the
-Very limited
-Very active, but
vocabulary AND SECURITY Lord
needs rest periods
-Learns as he plays -Attention span 3-6
minutes
-Impressionable and
imaginative-curious
-Learns through five
senses
Pre-primary (ages 4-5) AGE OF QUESTIONING
Physical Mental Social Spiritual
(player) (Questioner) (Self-centered) (believer)

-Energetic-seems -Asks “Why” and “How” -Gets along with -Very easily led
to be constantly questions others better than -Thinks of the
-Likes to make up before Lord in personal
on the go, but
rhymes
tires easily -Learning to share way
-Has a good imagination
-Wants to do and take turns -Can be taught to
-Enjoys stories
things for himself -Desires to please talk to God
-Can memorize short
-talks constantly verses -Can believe in
-Has a very literal mind and receive Christ
-Attention span about 10
minutes
Primary (ages 6-8) AGE OF ACTIVITY
They are group players, observers, energetic, discerners

-Allow for activity-the attention span has now reached 15-20 minutes, so varied activity
is still needed

-They enjoy and want to learn-encourage them to memorize Bible verses

-Appeal to their concern for the welfare of others by telling stories of other children and
urge witnessing and mission art giving

-Clearly presents that God is true, the events really happened- they can know the
difference between fact and fiction

-Present the salvation message and invite them to receive Christ


Junior (ages 9-11) AGE OF ENERGY

They are rovers, investigators, gang-spirited, worshipers

-Provide a variety of constructive things to do -excellent


memory-encourage much memory work

-They recognize sin as sin-point them to Christ who can


save them from sin -use visuals to teach doctrinal truth and
growth
Young teen (ages 12-14) AGE OF CHANGE
They are changing, critical, seek companions, talk at receiving Christ

-They are changing and awkward-find things they can do m well to help build
a more productive self-image

-They are influenced by great peer pressure -Know their interests and
incorporate them into the program

-Challenge and inspire them to give their lives to the Lord so God can use
them

-They desperately need guidance from God's Word


Thank you
and
God Bless!
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