More Sunday school teachers must be trained. This is an urgent and compelling need. Most youth ministers and teachers follow their inclinations, often without a structure or lesson plans. Furthermore, they lack support sufficient from church leadership. Perhaps they were asked to volunteer as Sunday school teachers, but then they received no preparation or guidance.
This urgent need became apparent during the Children’s Ministry Seminar, which took place on March 4th at Mukhanyo's Johannesburg Campus. Approximately 50 people, mostly Sunday school teachers, attended the seminar. The facilitator was the experienced Danielle Petzer from the Reformed Church Linden. She began by sharing the Bible’s teachings about children. She also raised several questions to help understand youth ministry. Such as, what do research and statistics indicate regarding children brought up in church? What do we do with children at church? What practical steps can we take in our churches?
Practical suggestions included the following:
During the seminar, the participants were presented with practical techniques for effectively communicating the gospel to children. These involved interactive activities, games, and affordable scientific experiments. The importance of adequate preparation by the teacher was also emphasised.