Growing As a Teacher

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The new school year has started and so have many of the Sunday school classes with new teachers and assistants from the nursery to high school. As we begin the new year, may these words encourage you.


“The law of the LORD is perfect,

        reviving the soul;

    the testimony of the LORD is sure,

        making wise the simple;

    the precepts of the LORD are right,

        rejoicing the heart;

    the commandment of the LORD is pure,

        enlightening the eyes.”


Psalm 19:7-8 ESV


As you get ready to nurture and teach your children each week, take time for your own spiritual nourishment. It indeed revives the soul. How?

  • Read the lesson Scripture passage.
  • Go through the devotional and Bible background found in your teacher’s manual.
  • Pray for God to apply his truth to your life.
  • Pray for your students by name, asking the Lord to work in their hearts and in their families.

As you submit yourself to the Lord, give special attention to preparing your heart and mind to teach. You will be enlightened and enriched, and you will pass these blessings to your children.


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About the Author

B. A. has more than 20 years’ experience as a children’s director in churches ranging in size from 200 to 4,000 but finds her passion is the same no matter how many children she’s serving. Show the children Jesus. Teach the kids all of the Bible so they see that the stories from the Old Testament point to Jesus and that the New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises—yesterday, today, and forever. B. A. began her formal ministry as a children’s director and consultant in 1993, but she has taught and led music for children since she was in junior high school. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and taught college until the Lord called her to seminary and full-time ministry. She graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Education from Columbia International University. Speaking at conferences, consulting with leadership, and training teachers brought her to Great Commission Publications ( in 2014 as the Children’s Ministry Consultant and Marketing Coordinator.