Five Simple Ways to Say “Thank you” to Your Sunday School Teachers

Leadership / Volunteers //


What two words have the power to keep you going? That’s right, you guessed it…thank you! (“You won a vacation” is four words!)

You know how well those two little words can encourage you to keep at it. When someone notices and says “thank you for all your hard work” it gives you that little extra ooommpphh to keep at it. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way—we should do what we do with a pure heart not expecting any thing in return, but who are we kidding? Heartfelt appreciation gives me the desire and strength to keep going.

Another question… what do you have little of in church ministry (besides just about everything)? Money, probably! I don’t know many church workers who have an abundance of money laying around. So I thought I’d share a few ways to say thank you to the people in your church who work so hard week after week—most cost less than $5.

  1. Our funds were tight for our MOPS babysitters this year, so I made up some cards using candy bars. I wrote a short note on a half sheet of poster board and taped candy bars in the place of some words. (You’re worth more than a 100 Grand.You are the best babysitter in theMilky Way. We know our kids sometimes act like Airheads, but you make them Smarties. We love you to (Reese’s) Pieces. Hugs and Kisses.)
  2. Buy a small can of Play-doh and attach a simple note that says, “Thanks for shaping our kids’ lives.”
  3. Buy a $5 gift card from Starbucks (or fast-food restaurant). Attach a note that says, “Thanks for all your hard work; enjoy a little treat from us.”
  4. Buy a pack of note cards or a magnetic shopping list. Add a post-it note that says, “Thanks for your “noteworthy” contributions to our church.”
  5. Give a flashlight (with batteries) and a note that says, “Thanks for letting your light shine.”

These are just a few ideas (thanks to Children’s Ministry magazine for a couple of them). If you think about it, I’m sure you could think of lots more. Slip one in a teacher’s class before she arrives on Sunday morning or put one in a gift bag with tissue paper. It’s not really the gift that counts; it’s the thought and appreciation behind it!






About the Author

Ron Hunter co-founded the D6 Conference out of a passion to share principles and methods of generational discipleship. After pastoring for 11 years, Randall House hired Ron as the Executive Director and CEO in 2002. He led in the launch of D6 Family Curriculum 2004. As the D6 Conference Director, Ron most enjoys interacting with and learning from all the thought leaders that the D6 movement has attracted through the years. His undergrad work from Welch College was in pastoral and Christian education, later he earned his MPA degree, and is now a PhD candidate working on his dissertation in the Gary Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. Ron has written over 50 articles for various magazines, co-authored Toy Box Leadership from Thomas Nelson, was a contributing author to Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views, coming this summer from Baker Academic, and is the author of The DNA of D6 coming this fall from Randall House. The two titles Ron is most proud of are husband and father. He married his college sweetheart, Pam, and they have two college-age kids serving Christ.