Monthly Archives: June 2012

the priority of prayer

E.M. Bounds famously said, “Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.”

One of the most difficult things about being a Sunday school leader, especially a teacher, is balancing everything you want to accomplish during the time allotted for Sunday School.  You know the feeling, its time to start the lesson, but everyone is enjoying fellowship and not everyone has arrived yet.  Then there are prayer requests to be taken, and you really want to spend time in prayer as a group.  There’s a fellowship coming up and it needs to be announced, as well as the other church events that are upcoming and need to be discussed.  And of course, there’s the lesson you’ve prepared for that needs to be taught.  How do you get it all done!?

There’s no easy answer to that question.  Sometimes we can be more creative with how we share announcements and take up prayer requests.  Starting on time is hard but necessary.  But the one area that it’s critical we don’t compromise on is prayer together.  I want to encourage you all to spend intentional time in prayer with your class every week.  It doesn’t have to be long and extended, but it should be a priority.  Pray with each other, and for each other.  Pray for God to show your group how to reach out consistently, pray for the church to do God’s work faithfully.  Pray for whatever is specific to the needs of your group.  When we pray together, we give God time to get our hearts all on the same page…His page.

If you have trouble thinking of creative ways to have powerful prayer times in Sunday School, maybe this article will give you some ideas: http://bit.ly/MINUku

If you have something to add to the conversation, feel free to share it in a comment below!

I also want you to know that I am praying for you.  Always feel free to call or email me with needs and requests.  I’m here to help you and your class be the best you can be!

David

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A new place to connect and communicate

I wanted to create a place online for you and I to communicate and share resources.  My goal is to update this site at least once early every week so that you can have a new tip or tool for your teaching effort.  I will also share announcements and write brief notes that will keep us focused on the same goals.  If you have access to the internet, it will be beneficial to check this site weekly when its convenient.  You might consider it a part of your lesson preparation.

Notice the tag line at the top of the page: “Small things done with great love make a big difference.”  I really believe that this is a key to effective Sunday School.  There are no small details.  Sunday School is our church’s effort to build christian community among our people.  A phone contact, a welcoming smile, assistance to find an open seat, a note to say you were missed…all of these are small things that when done with love communicate to a person that they are valued.  Sometimes feeling valued by us will be the first step to someone feeling valued by God.  I think we can all agree that is a BIG thing!

I’ll be adding resources regularly, I just wanted to get this framework out there for us to begin using.  Feel free to send me any helpful tools you use so we can share them.

Here is my contact information if you ever need me.

dwalker@mypsbc.org

706-401-7559 (feel free to text me)

facebook.com/dwalker96sc

I appreciate you all more than you know!

David

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