We’ve heard it said in the business world as well as in the church life, “We need the right people on the Bus.” Well that is true, but we also need them in the right seats! So it is with enlisting and training the right Sunday school teachers for our churches. Most of the time when it comes to enlisting people as new Sunday school teachers the only criteria is “are they breathing!” The reason is because we do not have an enlistment process in place or standard expectations for our Sunday school department.
Let me say to all the Sunday School Directors who are reading this blog, “RECRUIT YOUR OWN SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS!” You know your Sunday school department better than anyone else; therefore you are the best-qualified person to select your next set of teachers. It should not be done be a committee or some search team, you take on that responsibility and do it with integrity and a clear sense of direction.
The following is a short list in “The Process of Enlistment”
- Discuss the POSSIBILITIES
- Talk about the PROCESS
- PRESENT your expectations
- Explore God’s PURPOSE
- Explain the POSITION
- Speak words of Encourage the PROSPECT
- Set in motion a PLAN
- Equip the PERSON
I could speak to each one of these on there own but I think you can see how important it is to have everything in place as you
begin to search for the right person.
Then when the right person is in place it is your responsibility to make sure that teacher receives continued quality training. Structure quarterly training sessions with your teachers; look for training clinics in your region or state. Ask for certified teams to come into your church to hold training clinics…it is of the upmost importance that your teachers are handed as leaders and not volunteers. Therefore give them the proper tools and training so that they can do the work of the ministry!
Dwayne Lee serves as Associate Group Leader for the Bible Teaching/Leadership Team of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.