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The Joy of Being Equipped and Trained for the Classroom

Have you ever experienced the following as a children’s ministry volunteer: a few weeks before class begins you are handed a curriculum, assigned a classroom, and then left to figure out the rest by yourself? I have; and felt completely unprepared and discouraged – it was going to be a LONG year! If you’ve had this experience, you know this approach is not conducive to either the volunteer, or the students, flourishing in the classroom. Yes, it’s possible to overcome the challenges created by a lack of training, but it doesn’t have to be this way; nor should it be the norm.

I am happy to say that for most of my years in children’s ministry, I’ve had the great privilege of being well prepared for the Sunday school year. At a minimum this included:

  • Volunteer training sessions that laid a solid foundation including: giving us a vision—the big picture for why this work is a worthy investment of our time and effort—as well as practical help for using the curriculum and understanding classroom policies and procedures.
  • All the tools necessary for a well-stocked classroom: whiteboards, easels, visuals, student workbooks, Bibles, small group supply bins, pens or pencils, optional craft supplies, etc.
  • Regular encouragement from our ministry leadership throughout the year: thank you notes, classroom visits, praying with and for our team, year-end appreciation meal, etc.

Being fully equipped, trained, and encouraged made all the difference. It helped me be a better teacher year after year and fueled a joyful camaraderie and peaceful calm in the classroom. Most of all, the students were better served as God’s Word was taught with greater clarity and heart-felt joy.

At Truth78, want to help Children’s pastors and other children’s ministry leaders go beyond recruiting, to preparing, their volunteers. Our new Core Training Series is designed to help all children’s ministry volunteers be more fully equipped, trained, and encouraged in their roles. While nothing can replace a well thought-out, hands-on training program by church leadership, the Core Training Series can provide every ministry volunteer with some basic help for flourishing in their roles. Ideally, your church can use these tools as part of a larger, ongoing intentional plan for preparing and supporting volunteers.

Children’s ministry leaders can make the most of this series by distributing these PDFs to volunteers digitally, or as hard copies. Ministry volunteers can print any applicable documents for themselves, and use the full series to make their church’s leadership aware of these new training resources.

Leading Your Classroom Team

Curriculum Scope and Sequence Explained

Guiding Values That Define the Truth78 Curriculum

Partnering With Parents

Developing a Vision Oriented Ministry

Theological and Philosophical Foundations of Truth78 Teaching Resources

Recruiting, Equipping, and Retaining Volunteers

Go-To Help for Using Truth78 Curriculum

We are excited to introduce some new and concise resources for your ministry leaders and volunteers: Truth78’s Core Training Series. We know that establishing a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, Gospel-focused, Spirit-dependent classroom environment can seem like a daunting task. Each year brings new challenges in recruiting, equipping, and training ministry volunteers. Some leaders and volunteers are fully acquainted with the Truth78 curricula, having used it for many years. But some, especially those newer to our curriculum, would definitely benefit from some basic go-to help for understanding and using our curriculum.

What is the Core Training Series?

It is a series of short documents that provide an overview of specific topics and classroom roles, as well as outline some practical tips for implementation in the classroom setting. In other words, these documents provide a “core” of essential knowledge and tools for using our curriculum. Many of these documents also point you to Truth78 resources that offer further training.

How should the Core Training Series be used?

We suggest printing all applicable documents and passing them along to your ministry teams. The following training documents are organized into categories based on whether they are applicable to everyone, or mainly to those with a specific classroom role. We’ll be highlighting and expanding these on our new website soon, and plan to add further equipping and training options there.

Which Core Training documents are available now? (Unlinked articles will be available soon)

For all children’s ministry leaders and volunteers:

Developing a Vision Orientation of Ministry to Children and Youth
The Theological and Philosophical Foundations of Truth78 Teaching Resources
Scope and Sequence Explained

For children’s ministry leaders:

Recruiting, Equipping, and Retaining Volunteers

For all children’s ministry leaders and volunteers:

Guiding Values That Define the Truth78 Curriculum
Partnering with Parents

Age-specific focus:

Tools for Using Truth78 Curricula – Infants and Toddlers
Tools for Using Truth78 Curricula – Preschool
Tools for Using Truth 78 Curricula – Kindergarten and Elementary

Specific classroom roles:

Leading Your Classroom Team (Team Leaders)
Preparing and Teaching a Lesson (Kindergarten and Elementary Teachers)
Leading Small Group Application (Kindergarten and Elementary Small Group Leaders)
Leading Children in Worship

Special topics:

Partnering with Your Church (for parents)
Adapting Truth78 Curricula to Your Specific Needs (Multi-age classes, Christian schools, homeschool)
Truth78 Backyard Bible Club/Vacation Bible School Curricula