In an effort to coordinate what the pastor teaches in worship each Sunday with what the children/youth are learning in Sunday school, I have written a basic outline from the topic and scripture used by the pastor. It follows an inductive study method. (I have been involved in leadership with Bible Study Fellowship International and adapted their method for their school program for students.)
The pastor’s topic can be used exactly as is or can compliment the students’ lessons.
The outline includes an aim (what I want the students to learn), an attribute of God (characteristic), a memory verse, a basic truth (doctrine or explanation of a truth), teaching points and principles. A take-home page for the parents summarizes what the children learn as well as gives two ‘reflection questions’ – The Truth (what I learned today), and Applications (how the truth that I learned today will change me).
It is helpful to coordinate on all levels what is being taught from the pulpit each week. And, having the flexibility of doing topics or scripture passages through a book of the Bible. I train the teachers using a lesson development guide.
Submitted by: Sue Kovach, Sonoma Springs Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico