Sunday School Matters Blog

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  • Intentional Advent Celebrations with Families

    Intentional Advent Celebrations with Families

    How can your church intentionally engage with families this Advent season? This is already a high-volume, overly scheduled time of year. Even so, I would argue that the need for community...

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  • Advent is coming! Advent is coming!

    Advent is coming! Advent is coming!

    Advent is coming! Advent is coming! Do these words send you into a stress-induced fetal pose or are you more in the elf camp? Like most people, I am positioned right in the middle! With so many...

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  • A Thanksgiving Experiment

    A Thanksgiving Experiment

    As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are already creating our lists. We are focused and detail-oriented, thoughtful and precise. Wait! To be sure you and I are on the same page—I’m not talking...

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  • Thanking God for Preschool Leaders!

    Thanking God for Preschool Leaders!

    Consider the scene: Goldfish crackers, a tub of largely mismatched (read: broken) crayons, a half-used container of partially dried hand wipes, and the unmistakable smell of something vaguely...

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  • Teaching Thanksgiving through Jesus’ Example

    Teaching Thanksgiving through Jesus’ Example

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to reflect on the importance of giving thanks from a Christian perspective, examining especially Jesus’ example and the impact it has for us. In this...

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  • Making the Reformation Meaningful for Sunday School Students

    Making the Reformation Meaningful for Sunday School Students

    Why the Protestant Reformation matters Look around you. We live in a society that is increasingly hostile to organized religion and even the basic concept of absolute truth. Even among confessing...

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  • Growing As a Sunday School Leader

    Growing As a Sunday School Leader

    Thank you for volunteering in your church! You probably hear this all the time from the parents you work with and the staff at your church, but just in case they are running around crazy trying to...

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  • Maximizing Your Impact throughout the Week

    Maximizing Your Impact throughout the Week

    Your Sunday School lessons are planned, you have been praying for your sweet kiddos, and your time together with them is something you look forward to all week! Watching their eyes light up as...

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  • Cultivating family faith talk

    Cultivating family faith talk

    With the school year back in session, families are constantly on the move. It can seem daunting to make time for family devotions. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favorite books that make...

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  • Sharing the powerful lessons of Joseph and His Brothers

    Sharing the powerful lessons of Joseph and His Brothers

    The account of Joseph and his brothers includes some powerful lessons that not only express God righteous will for daily living, but also can be connected to Jesus Christ and His work for our...

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  • Teaching the Freedom We Have Through Jesus

    Teaching the Freedom We Have Through Jesus

    It’s often a struggle to understand, let alone teach, the freedom that we have in Christ. In the United States we enjoy a standard of living and degree of freedom unmatched in human history and...

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  • Why is Baptism So Important?

    Why is Baptism So Important?

    As Lutherans baptize infants, it’s possible that children could pass their entire childhood before learning God’s truth about baptism during confirmation instruction. We teach God’s Word regarding...

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  • Ending on Purpose

    Ending on Purpose

    I don’t know about you, but this particular season of the ministry year is kind of weird for me. Recently we mailed out Ministry Letters of Intent to all of our Small Group Leaders (SGLs) and...

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  • Free Faith-Filled Father’s Day Activities

    Free Faith-Filled Father’s Day Activities

    Father’s Day is fast approaching! Here are three fun activities from DADventures: Activities for Dads to Lead. Use these ideas to celebrate the dads, granddads, and other male role models in your...

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  • The Why of Children’s Ministry

    The Why of Children’s Ministry

    Have you ever heard the expression, the days are long but the years are short? If you are a leader or volunteer in children’s ministry, you can relate to the truthfulness of this expression. I can...

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  • Bringing Jesus’ Parables to Life

    Bringing Jesus’ Parables to Life

    Parables are some of the most engaging portions of Scripture and are ideal for use in the Sunday School classroom. Understanding Jesus’ purpose in teaching through parables takes us to John’s...

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  • Moms, Can You Laugh at the Future?

    Moms, Can You Laugh at the Future?

    “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25) There was a time when my clothing didn’t look very dignified to others. With a toddler and newborn in...

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  • How Can I Teach that Jesus is Still with Us After Ascension?

    How Can I Teach that Jesus is Still with Us After Ascension?

    It seems that late winter and early spring afford us nothing but letdowns. Thanksgiving starts the Christmas season. With Advent our hearts gear up for the coming of Jesus! Then the decorations...

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  • Our Identity in Christ

    Our Identity in Christ

    Take a look in your wallet. If you are like me, you likely have at least a few cards that identify you. Maybe you have a Costco card with a grainy, slightly out of focus photo that you might not...

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  • Recognizing Children’s Ministry Volunteers

    Recognizing Children’s Ministry Volunteers

    Before you can effectively recognize your children’s ministry volunteers, it’s a good idea to ask, Why do people choose to volunteer for children’s ministry? What motivates them to serve in the...

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