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One of the main task of Sunday school teachers and ministry leaders is to create a warm, caring environment where everyone – both regular attenders and visitors – feel special and experience God’s grace.  Creating an inviting classroom or meeting space that makes a great first impression is one strategy to help fulfill this goal.  Check out these suggestions:

Make Your Meeting Space Inviting

  • Keep your room neat
  • Set up the lesson before students arrive
  • Use a variety of learning materials and activities
  • Put the chairs in a circle, around a table or in an inviting pattern so no one is left out
  • Display the Bible openly so everyone will know that it is important to your class

Greet Your Students at the Door

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your meeting/class begins
  • Greet each student by name as they arrive
  • Have Christian music playing in the background
  • Involve students in learning as soon as they arrive

Develop Relationships with Students

  • Discover your students’ interest, abilities and needs
  • Pray for each student at least once a week
  • Call or visit at least one student each week
  • Make home visitation a priority for inactive students and visitors
  • Keep an ongoing prayer list on the bulletin board, and check off answers to prayer

Be Aware of Group Dynamics

  • Take note of talkative students as well as those who need encouragement to participate
  • Distinguish between those behaviours that can be modified, and those that are outside of your or the student’s control
  • Contact students who seem sad or withdrawn.  A phone call or card will help them feel God’s love

Take Care of Yourself

  • Tend to your spiritual needs with a quiet time each day
  • Attend congregational worship, and participate in Bible studies and fellowship opportunities
  • Take advantage of teacher education events in your local church or community
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  1. Comment from Laura Hickman, May 5, 2014 12:15pm

    I recently discovered the "CHAT Prayer Plan" and thought it could be useful with older children.
    C- Cheer God on for who He is (what about God makes you glad? Example: God You are an awesome God)
    H- Humble Yourself (If Jesus were to tour your heart or journey with you for a day, what would he find? Asking forgiveness for times we've made mistakes)
    A- Appreciate what God has done (expressing thanks to God)
    T- Tell God your needs

    This can be found at: