Ready, Set, Train!

I once walked into a teaching situation in the beginning of a new Sunday school year with absolutely no idea of what I was doing. No training or teaching materials had been given ahead of time. I was simply shown where the teaching manual was and given a 5-minute crash course. Needless to say, the Sunday school hour did not go so well, and I was rather frustrated and worn-out by the end of the class time. There is an old saying: “A tired puppy is a happy puppy.” There needs to be a new saying: “A fully prepared, trained teacher is a happy teacher.”

At Children Desiring God, we would love to help equip and assist local churches in training children’s and youth ministry workers for the important calling of teaching the next generation the glorious truths of God. Here are a few free video resources we’d like to recommend:

A Vision for God-Centered Children’s and Youth Ministry

If at all possible, every ministry leader, volunteer, and parent should watch the following 3-part series by David and Sally Michael. Many people have commented that this series has literally changed their life and the way they view and do ministry. I have watched these sessions at least 10 times over the years…and I still get inspired!

Part 1—A Vision for God-Centered Worship in the Next Generation

Part 2—A Vision for Biblical Literacy in the Next Generation

Part 3—A Vision for Encouraging Faith in the Next Generation

Implementing the Vision in Your Teaching

These next two videos and their accompanying handouts are a really helpful resource for teachers. Not only do they discuss general teaching principles with various age groups, but they also explain how to actually use the CDG curriculum.

Preschool Lesson Preparation (Handouts available here.)

Preschool Teaching and Small Group Leading (Handouts available here.)

Elementary Lesson Preparation and Presentation ((Handouts available here.)

These are just the “tip of the iceberg” of free training resources available from CDG. Go here for a topical index of additional training seminars.

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

2 Responses to “Ready, Set, Train!”

  1. Stephanie Jackson August 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi Jill, we are always so thankful for your posts! Do you by chance have an example of teaching the CDG nursery curriculum parts? I think my team struggles more with teaching the nursery group. Any insights would be great! Thanks again!

    • Rachel Golias August 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

      Hi Stephanie!

      Yes, we do have several seminars with training on nursery ministry by Joyce Heinrich. There is one video and two audio sessions for nursery teachers along with numerous other seminar sessions on a variety of topics on our training page. I hope those will be an encouragement for you team. Feel free to contact us any time with questions!

      -Rachel

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