This is especially true for teachers. All teachers need places to go for ideas and personal development. Sometimes the idea well runs dry or we simply get tired of teaching the same old thing the same old way. This question applies to family Bible study leaders, Children's Ministers, homeschool moms and dads, Sunday school teachers, AWANA leaders, church volunteers, childcare workers, and nursery workers. I led a breakout during a children's ministry leader training at my church the last Saturday in February. This is a little of what I shared. I hope it blesses you and your church. Here are some of my favorite go-to resources:
Ephesians 4:14-16 (ESV)
14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
The Holy SpiritDon’t forget to pray for your students, your time, your class, and your preparation. Ask the Spirit to fill you, speak through you, and show you where your plans need to change. Prepare your lesson, then let God take over.
Ephesians 6:18-20 (ESV) 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Bible Lessons for TeachersMy church is currently using the Gospel Project curriculum. That's why I recommended that the teachers at my church read the weekly blogs from Gospel Project. They allow teachers to study the lesson on an adult level before teaching it. Leader tips are also provided for each unit. If your church uses a different curriculum, see if there is something similar. Google your curriculum name plus the word "blog" and see what pops up. If you cannot find an adult lesson which ties into what you are teaching, at least make sure you are being fed from the Scriptures regularly.
- Read your Bible.
- Listen to Bible teaching podcasts (like Andy Stanley's "Your Move").
- Read Bible teaching blogs (like Natasha Crain's "Christian Parenting Blog" or one of these Top Faith Blogs for Christian Women).