1. “Community” over classes. One of the first things good teachers do is establish a sense of “community” with their classes. Values, beliefs and behavioral expectations lay the foundation for community. Good teachers, though, build community with student-to-student, student-to-teacher relationships. Good churches don’t offer classes; they offer community for their Sunday School kids. The Sunday School community is shaped by only a handful of faith beliefs and values, such as:
- Jesus Loves Me
- I Can Trust Jesus No Matter What
- I Need to Make a Wise Choice
2. Co-learners Over Controllers. Today, parents and kids are co-learners, and their teachers as guides. “Learning community” is a common term for teacher-guided, peer-led, parent-assisted learning environments. Good churches create learning communities, too. These are often called “small groups.” Equipped with cues and good communication provided by the church, parents support these engaging discussions by carrying on conversations at home.
3. Techy AND Touchy. Technology has made phenomenal educational content accessible to both students and parents. Good teachers use technology to spark imagination and creativity. Churches have tons of options for using technology to access the Bible, sing worship songs, and engage in learning, knowing, and experiencing God even after they leave church on Sunday. Check to see how a church uses technology to connect kids in their faith journeys beyond the classroom. Good churches use technology to enhance a faith experience; they don’t rely on it to create the faith experience. Touching people was Jesus’ preferred way of sharing the Gospel with others, and good churches know that Jesus’ way is still the best.