If you need some assistance and/or inspiration to jump-start your Christian Education programs for the new year, consider attending a free webinar offered by PRC – Practical Resources for Churches on August 10, 2017 at 7 PM Eastern time. The title of the webinar is “Getting Ready – for CE Directors” and it’s led by Christian educator Elizabeth Christie who will be discussing an effective schedule for communications, programming, staffing, facility maintenance, and administrative duties. Don’t worry if you can’t attend the live broadcast; the webinar will be recorded. Register here to attend the webinar or receive a link to view the recording.
Are you considering a new curriculum? Check out our free downloadable Sunday School Curriculum Review booklet which was just revised this month. Among the latest news in curriculum is that Group Publishing is discontinuing its large group/small group curriculum, Living Inside Out. In other news, Deep Blue Kids, the children’s Sunday school curriculum offered by the United Methodist Church, has added Deep Blue Life, a “downloadable, customizable curriculum option that focuses on living life faithfully.” It includes Bible stories, stories about faith leaders, and spiritual practices. Deep Blue has also added some new resources to its product line including an intergenerational weekend experience, leaders’ guides for Kids Church, family take-home sheets, activity bulletins, and more.
If you’re thinking about the future of your Sunday school, consider joining a group of like-minded folks in our three-week online course The Changing 21st Century Sunday School. The course runs from July 24 through August 14, 2017 and we’ll be exploring ways to handle the challenges of the 21st century Sunday school. We’ll also be talking about the possibly of doing Sunday school in a different way or at a different time. The course is eligible for 1.0 CEU; click on the link in this paragraph to register and for more information.
New teachers or experienced teachers looking to grow can enroll in the online course Called to Teach which also is eligible for 1.0 CEU. In the course we’ll be looking at teaching as a calling and ministry and will cover faith development, age level characteristics, spiritual practices with children, the Bible, church history, curriculum, lesson planning, the teaching environment, and partnering with families and the congregation. Click on the link in this paragraph to register for the course which runs from September 18 through October 9, 2017.
What more can we do to help you get ready for Sunday school and another year of children’s ministry programming? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions you have, include webinar topics you’d like to suggest.