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Spending Sundays in classroom too
In the pulpit
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Vickie Baird
“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” (NKJ Version)
Teachers have always played an important role in society. Whether one is a teacher in the secular world or in a Christian environment, there is awesome responsibility in fulfilling the duties.
In the church, the word “teacher” includes pastors, church leaders, missionaries, preachers of the word, or anyone who instructs the congregation. No one has a more solemn responsibility than those who teach the sacred scriptures.
God has equipped many teachers who stand each week to teach Sunday school classes. These dedicated and faithful servants volunteer to help train children and adults to become better Christians and to become knowledgeable of God’s word.
This requires planning and having a loving and caring attitude. There are no shortcuts to preparing for class. The amount of effort given to preparing for class contributes to a more positive experience for both the teacher and students. Individuals who teach must demonstrate creativity and innovation in their classrooms through crafts and games that illustrate biblical themes.
“I recently read an article which stated children who go to Sunday school are less likely to participate in drugs and have a dysfunctional home when they grow up. Sunday school gives them a firm foundation to build Christian principles,” Vicki Baird said.
She serves as the children’s pastor and Christian education director at Live Oak Church of God in Hinesville.
“Children are more knowledgeable when they attend Sunday school. It gives them the one-on-one teaching. Our overall Sunday school attendance is about 450 to 500 each Sunday,” Baird said.
Miriam Arnold and Connie Smith are long-time teachers at Live Oak Church of God. “I love working with children. I want to help them at an early age to lead them to the Lord,” Arnold said.
Deacon Willie J. McIver, who is Sunday school superintendent at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Riceboro, has taught Sunday school for more than 20 years.
“Sometimes people don’t understand, and it is my responsibility to know the lesson and get the meaning so I can explain it to the students,” he said. “I also apply the lesson to everyday things that are happening today.”
McIver credits deacons Joseph Miller and Kenneth Howard, and Altermease Bunn with helping to make the Sunday school department effective.
Other longtime Sunday school teachers in the area include evangelist Mary Underwood and Deacon Albert Brown of Pleasant Hill Holiness in Walthourville, Mary Baggs and Evalena Brown of First Zion Missionary Baptist in Riceboro, LaFayne May and Chuck Stewart of the First Baptist Church in Hinesville, and David Anderson of Bethel AME Church in Hinesville.
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