Creating Excitement in Your Sunday School Class
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” – Luke 18:16
The Bible is clear in the matter that God wants ALL people to come unto Him, not just boys and girls. But the fact is, many walk into our Sunday school classes that are spiritually immature, unsaved, or uninterested in the things of Christ. As a teacher or a leader of that group of students, we need to be different and set the temperature of the classroom.
Because of the spiritual realm in which we labor, the devil wants nothing more than to use a distraction to keep students from the Truth that will change their life.
We have to work extra hard to minimize distractions and to create an environment in our Sunday school class that will be exciting and conducive to learning.
How to Create Excitement:
- Be a student of the Bible yourself―2 Timothy 2:15―If your lesson or message does not interest or excite you it will not interest your listener.
- Rearrange your chairs―This alerts the senses of the student.
- View your décor from the student’s perspective―Is it placed too high or low on the wall? Is it age-appropriate?
- Have occasional surprises―This will help break up a routine that you, as the teacher, and the student might be in.
- Remember atmosphere
- Music―Have good music playing when the students arrive.
- Smells (good/bad)―Does the classroom smell inviting?
- Food―Serve food or breakfast if it is permitted in your classroom.
- Trash cans―Make sure the trash is taken out BEFORE and AFTER class.
- Have a handout
What Kills Excitement:
- Starting at random times―Be considerate of those who are on time and train those that are habitually late to break old habits.
- Lack of preparation―Begin studying for Sunday school six days before. Start the week by simply reading over your lesson. When it’s in your heart, you will have no problem getting it in their heart!
- Lack of vision―Where do you see the individual students in years to come?
- Your expression―Learn to come out of your own comfort zone and express yourself.
- Face (smile)
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Jason Atwood grew up in the Corpus Christi, Texas area, and in November 2006, Pastor Atwood was called to be the first pastor of Heritage Baptist Church of Corpus Christi. The church was meeting in a small one-bedroom house. God blessed, and they moved to a new 5-acre site to allow continued growth. In 2019, God led Pastor Atwood to join our staff. He is a tremendous help to Pastor Trieber in both the church and the college ministry. He is married to Aimee, and they have three boys — Will, Connor, and Jack.