10 Students Every Sunday School Teacher Will Recognize

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Let’s be honest, the best part of Sunday School is the kids. Well, serving God and the kids. There is nothing quite like being around children; their laughter, questions, blunt statements and refreshing honesty – it’s the best! But the more time you spend around kids, the more you begin to discover that Sunday School children fall into some identifiable categories.

angel-1Exhibit A – The Little Angel. This vibrant child is one of the many reasons you LOVE serving in Sunday School. Like a sponge, they soak up every bit of your lesson and then with wide-eyes, tell you “Thanks!” They love your teaching and you love them for loving your teaching. But be careful, these teacher’s pets often struggle with trying to be perfect. It’s important to let them know that we all, their favorite teacher included, make mistakes.

 

cryer-1Of course, we can’t forget – The Cryer. With a heart so tender, it constantly teeters on the verge of a full-blown, tear-shedding, class-engulfing meltdown, this precious one always has your FULL attention. It’s a scary thing to be dropped off in a room full of strangers, so can you really blame the tender-hearted for getting a little emotional? Make your room a welcoming, safe place and you’ll get to experience one of life’s great joys: watching the Cryer get dropped off with a smile on their face – excited to see you, their new best friend!

Admit it. You’ve encountered these two, and are now curious about the rest of our list! Read 10 students every Sunday School teacher will recognize, and discover that, as Sunday School teachers, we have a lot in common!

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YOUR COMPLETE SUNDAY SCHOOL SOLUTION

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The Annual Complete membership has always been Sharefaith’s most popular (and ridiculously value-packed) plan, including: a church website, free migration, free mobile church app, 78,000 graphics, presentation software, online giving and much more! But now, this plan (a member favorite) has just DOUBLED in value with the addition of the world’s largest, fully-downloadable Kids Bible Resource library! If you are already a Complete member, or considering joining, stop whatever else you’re doing and discover why Sharefaith Kids is your Complete solution for Sunday School, Small Groups, VBS and much more!

 

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Leading Worship: Three Musts of Effective Worship Leaders – Growth in Faith, Theology, and Music

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We need effective leaders of worship like never before. We need songs and services led by authentic and healthy people. In a day when celebrity and fame are sought after, we need servants to our congregations rather than platform-building personalities. Through musical leaders, the Bible has been put to music in the form of Psalms and hymns. In history, both soaring and humble melodies have arisen in the Western Church over the years. Today, the proliferation of worship leader training programs at the university level is a sign that there is a need for both the leadership of churches and worship leaders themselves to be effective. Why is this so? And, what does the recipe for an effective worship leader look like?

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Worship Leaders Are Not Superheroes!

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Worship leaders are not superheroes, rock stars, or even your monk-like spiritual guides. They are people, men, and women who prepare a table with the hope of making Christ the host and main person of interest. In our modern worship models, we expect a flawless expression through a flawed human 52 weeks out of the year. On one hand, we want this person to be “real” or authentic, but God forbid that get in the way of our production. Sometimes, the role of serving as a church musical leader in worship gets lost in translation. There is a real human side to the activity of leading worship. We want the worship leader to be a visible leader who rallies us and expect our church to keep up with whatever is hip in “ministry models” out there. Has your worship leader been fitted for his or her cape yet? This article addresses 5 questions on worship that fall under the umbrella ‘Are Worship Leaders Superheroes?’  (more…)

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Top 10 Examples of Faith in the Bible for Sunday School

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The Bible is filled with amazing stories of faith that are beloved by Sunday School teachers and their students alike! But if you had to pick your top 10 examples of faith in the Bible, what would they be? Which kids Bible stories would rise to the top? In this article, we’ve collected a list of what we feel are the top 10 examples of faith in the Bible, featuring the awe-inspiring artwork of Sharefaith Kids. Did your favorites make the list? There’s only one way to find out!

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How Family Devotions Can Transform Your Homeschooling

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The number of families choosing to homeschool is on the rise and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Each year, a growing number of parents and children are discovering the unique opportunities and challenges found in homeschooling. To get the most out of this life-changing scholastic approach, it’s important to check your foundation. A homeschool with Christ at the center is a homeschool set up for success. So, is this the year God’s Word takes center stage in your weekly schedule? Is this the year you discover how family devotions can transform your homeschooling?

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As a Gifted Vocalist, Do I Need to Train & Exercise?

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There aren’t a lot of folks out there that think they’re ‘amazing’ singers, but, I often hear people refer to their voice as a “gift” from God. Many people believe that God has gifted them vocally and therefore they need to use this gift. Whether or not that is true, how to go about determining that could be a subject for another article. The current question of how to deal with your voice still remains. Is vocal training necessary if I am a God-approved singer?

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Has Your Sunday School Discovered the Power of Visual Storytelling?

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As Jesus traveled the region of Galilee, teaching, proclaiming, and healing, he soon found himself atop a hill surrounded by a great multitude. It was there that Jesus delivered the most famous sermon ever recorded: The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). This sermon is noteworthy for both its content and its style – what Jesus taught and how he taught. Jesus taught by leveraging the power of visual storytelling. He taught with images that stuck with his audience, images as powerful today as they were over 2000 years ago. As a Sunday School teacher or volunteer, you want to teach with maximum impact. So, has your Sunday School discovered the power of visual storytelling?

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Church Podcasting 101

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Many churches today are posting their Pastor’s sermons online. How do they do it? Is that something your church could benefit from? Is Church Podcasting right for your church? If you are like many churches out there today, you are either looking for a better way to get your message to your hearers or are completely clueless on how to do it. We’re going to show you the easiest ways to record your messages and prepare them for distribution so those in your church and beyond can listen to them whenever and wherever they want to. This is the strength of a Podcast. So if you’re away from your home church and missed the message, Podcasting gives you the ability to listen to it at your convenience. Thousands of sermons and bible studies are posted weekly and have quickly become the modern version of anytime radio in the church realm.  In fact, that is how the name came to be (iPod + broadcast + Internet). When Apple released the iPod in the early 2000’s, it changed the way we listened to music and programs and made it possible to carry an entire library of your favorite media in your pocket. With Podcasts, all of your sermon messages can also be archived this way. Let’s jump into Church Podcasting 101. (more…)

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Back To Sunday School

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15 Reasons Now is the Perfect Time to Try Sharefaith Kids!

“Back to school” is your once-a-year opportunity to reflect on where your kids ministry has been and where you want it to be. Sunday School teachers, now is the time to dream big! Sharefaith Kids is perfect for Sunday School, Bible School, HomeSchool, Awana, VBS and so much more. Don’t let the buttons below entice you 🙂 You may want to click them now, but first read the rest of this article and see why over 15,000 teachers have chosen Sharefaith Kids as their #1 Resource for Kids Bible Lessons and Videos.

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