A Weekly Ministry Calendar For Sunday School Teachers
When one feels Godâ€™s call to teach the Bible, a sense of total commitment to God and a total involvement in His work accompanies the call. How can a called director or teacher do less than minister to learners and their families at any time during the week?
Think of Jesusâ€™ ministry. He worshiped with others and led in Bible study at the synagogue. But how many more references in the Bible are made to His ministry during the week? He did many things on days other than the Sabbath.
This is week-long approach to ministry. While some days of the week may show similar ministries, other days display unique opportunities. Look at some of the ministry considerations shared here. Depending on your leadership role, which of these can you, will you, use this week?
- Pray for a good session.
- Pray for department members and teachers.
- Arrive on time and be prepared for Bible teaching.
- Teach in Sunday School.
- Greet learners upon arriving.
- Talk with learners.
- Listen to learners.
- Strive for excellence.
- Minister to guests by helping them find their rooms and the worship center.
- Meet needs while at church.
- Witness by your presence and participation in the worship service.
- Watch for opportunities to minister to families.
- Visit aÂ Sunday SchoolÂ member who may be in the hospital.
- SendÂ learners cards to encourage and express appreciation for their attending.
- Phone prospects.
- Call absentees to say, â€œWe missed you.â€
- Follow up on sick absentees.
- Check the roll for persons having birthdays this week (learners and teachers).
- Prepare birthday cards.
- Plan for a special outing with learners to get to know them better.
- Prepare for next Sunday by evaluating yesterdayâ€™s session.
- Get a list of prospects from Sundayâ€™s services.
- Pray for learners and their families.
- Visit homes of prospects.
- Send â€œGlad you were hereâ€ cards to learners who were present yesterday.
- Call guests to let them know of weekly activities.
- Set appointments to visit later in the week.
- Evaluate the needs of members and plan ways to reach out to them this week.
- Write postcards to some members. Next week send cards to the rest of the members.
- Begin thinking of teaching items for Sunday.
- Participate in churchwide visitation.
- Begin repeating (learning) the Bible verses andÂ studyingÂ for next Sunday.
- Follow up on absent learners who were sick.
- Make plans for the regular planning meeting.
- Send cards to learners.
- Deliver to absentees last Sundayâ€™s Sunday School extra Sunday School pieces that may have been used.. Continue praying for specific needs and concerns.
- Send a care package to absentees or to a learner’s home for a special occasion.
- Prepare notes, cards, or newsletters to mail to families.
- Consider a department get-together (picnic, etc.). Involve family members.
- Call teachers to remind them of tomorrowâ€™s planning meeting. Phone prospects to remind them of Wednesday activities. Offer transportation or a place to meet them at church.
- Attend Wednesday night activities.
- Assist a families with youngerÂ children as they go through the meal line.
- Attend the regular planning meeting.
- Make assignments related to next Sundayâ€™s preparation.
- Share outreach results and needs with other teachers.
- Pray for each learner during the planning meeting.
- Write postcards to members and prospects.
- Look for prospects you have invited during Wednesday activities.
- Meet a prospect and his family (you previously contacted) in the parking lot and guide them through the activities.
- Speak to learners as you see them at church tonight.
- Pray for learners and families during prayer meeting.
- Change bulletin boards (for parents in the hallway).
- Gather resources and set up your department for Sunday if the room is not in use.
- Thank teachers for meeting and planning regularly.
- Compare visitation results with other age groups to note possibilities for continued visits.
- Begin the day with prayer for otherÂ age groupÂ teachers.
- Finalize plans for Sunday.
- Invite learners over for lunch or supper.
- Cook dinner for a family. Phone ahead for the best time to deliver the meal. KeepÂ the learner’sÂ tastes in mind.
- Phone three members and two prospects tonight.
- Talk to a family while running errands. Invite them to church. Give them your name and phone number.
- Mail the cards you wrote last night.
- Bake cookies for a family.
- Begin calling learners to encourage attendance this Sunday. Follow up on needs of which you became aware at church on Wednesday.
- Hand out outdated literature while shopping.
- Begin the day by praying for each learner.
- Contact the family who will be going away for the weekend.
- Check with other teachers for last-minute planning.
- Make sure substitute teachers are enlisted for teachers who will be absent.
- Prepare the room for Sunday if the room was in use Wednesday.
- Address a birthday card for a learner with a birthday early next week.
- Look for signs of new neighbors moving into your area as you do run errands.
- Check at home for any perishables needed for Sunday.
- Call members, reminding them of Sunday School.
- Pray for the families of your learners.
- Complete preparation for tomorrowâ€™s session.
- Finish making phone calls to members and prospects.
- Visit families you scheduled for today.
- Invite a learner’s family to join you for a backyard picnic at your home.
- Get a good nightâ€™s rest!