Why are sunday school teachers important?

The purpose of a Sunday school teacher is to organize and supervise Sunday school and Bible study classes. They are usually hired by churches and are responsible for a number of tasks including developing curricula, assisting with fundraising events, and guiding children in educational activities. The primary task of a Sunday school teacher is to systematically teach the Word of God, specifically to change lives. To achieve that goal, the teacher must be the type of teacher who makes a difference, maintains the right goals, teaches the way students learn best, and trusts in the work of the Holy Spirit.

Fortunately, Sunday school teachers do much more than read. They introduce children to great biblical dramas, connecting God's story with their own. They teach children to pray, showing them the reality of an inner kingdom where God speaks to them and through them. They encourage creativity through crafts, projects, parodies and more.

The Great Commission is the central motivation, though not the only one, for teaching Sunday School. However, those with the gift of exhortation or prophecy can also find themselves teaching Sunday School. The Sunday school teacher, in whose heart there is no strong desire to win souls, has not yet realized the seriousness of his relationship with members of his class. Sunday school in the church not only strengthens the faithful, but also the churches, and includes not only preaching, but also teaching and community, since both encourage and strengthen the church and people in the faith.

The true power of Sunday School teaching is not in the methods, however important it is to have the best of them, nor in the equipment, however valuable, but in the teacher's own spiritual life. This is especially true in Sunday school teaching, where the lessons to be taught are moral and spiritual and are aimed at building character. Sunday school teachers who are able and willing to care for their students outside the classroom walls will have the greatest impact on their students' lives. This great concern for doctrinal purity and clarity should not go unnoticed by today's Sunday School teachers.

It is not enough to master the passage allotted for the Sunday lesson week by week; this is important, but the teacher must study the Bible in other ways. This also means that a Sunday school teacher must pay close attention to the gifts and talents of the people they teach and train. Too many Sunday school teachers allow themselves to be guided by this motto of quiet indolence when preparing their classes. By way of argument, let's consider a congregation that encourages children to attend Sunday school or a children's program while their parents attend the worship service.

There is no doubt that you can teach well in a barn; but everyone will admit that an ideal building for a Sunday school is of great value for building an ideal school.

Terence Wedgeworth
Terence Wedgeworth

I love the Bible and love sharing God's truth with others! I dream of being a full-time evangelist, but for now it's Bible college and blogging for me. I also teach 4th grade Sunday School at my church. Click here to see my kids Bible lessons.