Effective Sunday School
Next Previous Index Tellout Home

Effective Sunday School
Video 1
Pages 149-152

Video Introducing Evangelism

This first training video is designed to introduce the teaching method and encourage evangelism in the Sunday School. The set of twenty-four training videos for churches and individual Christians begins here with an introduction to Sunday school basics. These videos will appeal to all denominations and contain sound Biblical teaching based upon the Word of God and our faith in Christ. This video is 1 minute and 39 seconds long. A complete overview of all of the Tellout Online training videos can be viewed on YouTube. Video 2 of this series on building the effective Sunday school can be found at Video 2 below.

Sunday School Basics
Video 2

This video introduces Sunday school teaching to the church. It is taken from the "Kingdom Kids" training course for Sunday school teachers. These materials will rejuvenate your ministry and also encourage your teachers in the relationships they have with the children. This course is broken into six units purposely so that you will be able to use them after a morning service or the Sunday school for a series of six weeks. You can also utilize them in a full-day study for your teachers. Apart from providing a video which will give a short introductory segment, there is much information on the pages on Tellout in the "Evangelism Handbook" section.

Bible Based Lesson

This video is the second of twenty-four videos designed to promote a more dynamic Sunday School every week. A growing Church School can have a remarkable impact on a church. It can become a vehicle for evangelism in many positive ways. It can promote the spiritual life and maturity of the Sunday School teachers as they prepare a Bible-based lesson each week to teach it to the children. Both the preparation and presentations are positive aspects. The course is called "Kingdom Kids." This video called "Effective Sunday School" is 3 minutes and 2 seconds long. Video 3 of this series on effective Sunday school can be found at Video 3 below.✞

Sunday School Overview
Video 3

The first of the sections is an introduction in which we look together at the foundations of effective Sunday school ministry and at the founder of the traditional Sunday school Robert Raikes, the man who brought Sunday school ministry into being. Also in that first session, we will examine some of the teaching methods that Jesus used that we can learn from and apply in our ministry with the children. The second section is one that deals with basic principles beginning with a Questionnaire below. I hope that together you will work through some of those very important questions as to why we teach Sunday school. The third section looks together at relationships between the teacher and the children and how each relates to the other and affect the another. We can begin to see how we can build solid relationships with our children and so influence them in the best and most positive way.

Lesson Analysis

The fourth section looks at the lesson. We will do some analysis of the lesson materials and also at some of the steps we need to go through to ensure that the children are interested and encouraged and learn from it. The fifth section has to do with the organization of the effective Sunday school. We hope that you will look at the existing structures of your Sunday school and alter or amend it to make the most of some of the modern ideas as to how to bring in more parent-teachers. We aim is to bolster, strengthen and support your Sunday school system. The final section examines your curriculum to do some analysis of the material you are using and hopefully improve it. This Sunday school for children overview video by Tellout introduces the various sections of this series of twenty-four instructional videos for teachers and clergy. This video is 3 minutes and 26 seconds long. Video 4 of this series on effective Sunday school can be found at Video 4 below. ✞

Sunday School Movement
Video 4

This video gives us some background as to where our present Sunday school system came from and some of the historical events that brought that into being. When we look back we forget that it was born in a very different age than we have today. The Church School or Sunday School or Sabbath School Movement in England was founded and developed by Robert Raikes (1736-1811) who was the Editor of The Gloucester Journal. A friend of Mr. Raikes, William King, also held a class about the same time in Dursley Tabernacle Church in Gloucestershire and may have discussed the idea with Robert Raikes who publicized it in his Journal. Sunday schools aimed at providing education for working children including reading, writing, lettering, and learning by repetition of the alphabet, various Bible verses, hymns, and poems. Various passages from William Shakespeare and other morality books were used for readings. This was the precursor of religious education on Sundays by many denominations.

Church School Growth
Video 5

The Sunday School method and system that we use today originate from very different times from the 1780s. Though society and culture have changed today, the children's needs and basic Sunday School methods are essentially the same. First, let us look at the basic teaching methods that Jesus used. Jesus himself was an innovator in the way that he taught the people who came to listen to him. There are at least seven different ways that Jesus used to teach spiritual truth. Jesus applied much of his teaching in parables.✞

Church School Method
Video 6

The Gospel of Luke contains the largest total number of the total of twenty-four parables, eighteen of which are unique. The Gospel of Matthew contains twenty-three parables of which eleven are unique, and the Gospel of Mark contains eight parables of which two are unique. Jesus took everyday stories and he gave them a spiritual message. For example, he looked out and he saw the sower sowing his seed in the field. He applied that sight to explain how the Christian message can be sown in people's hearts. We can use the same kind of message in our teaching in Sunday school. Another good example explains persistence in prayer and is found in Luke 18.1-5, "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: 'In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!''" Jesus here was teaching us not to give up in pleading our case to him.

Sunday School Miracles
Video 7

This teaching video on miracles shows how either Bible miracles or real-life ones can teach the children in the Sunday school about Jesus Christ. Jesus used miracles to bring people to faith in him. God is still working in his church. We need to assure the children that God still works in this generation to bring people to himself. Jesus also taught by repetition as the Rabbis did in Old Testament times. We should not be afraid to do the same today. Teach the Lord's Prayer by repetition. Do the same with the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. By learning them off by heart the children will then be able to apply them in their own lives. The Word of God, the Bible, gives us not just the stories of Jesus but the teachings of Saint Paul and the other great men and women in the Bible. These show how God does work and minister in people's lives.

Jesus Teaching Ways

The second part of this session is to look at some of the ways and teaching methods that Jesus used in his ministry. This video is 3 minutes and 17 seconds long.

"Effective Sunday School"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

^Top Page Next Previous