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Building Excellent Sunday School Programs

Building Excellent Sunday School Programs

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Published by Dale Tadlock
This is the handout I assembled for a workshop I led in Newport News, VA, for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowshipo.
This is the handout I assembled for a workshop I led in Newport News, VA, for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowshipo.

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Published by: Dale Tadlock on Feb 11, 2010
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Building Excellent Sunday School Programsfor Today’s Families: YOUTH
North Riverside Baptist ChurchNewport News, VASeptember 11-12, 2009
Facilitator:Rev. Dale TadlockAssociate Pastor- Minister to Young Adults and StudentsFirst Baptist Church, Waynesboro, VA301 S. Wayne AvenueWaynesboro, VA 22980dtadlock@fbcwboro.orgI.
Lay the Proper Foundation
A.Where does Youth Sunday School fit into the larger program of your church?1.Education?2.Faith Formation?3.Outreach?4.Combination?A.How would your church define the purpose of your Youth Sunday School?1.The purpose of your Youth Sunday School is the primary consideration inyour planning and in choosing a curriculum.2.How would you define your purpose?I.
Occasionally enter into a season of evaluation
A.Identify what is workingB.Identify where problem areas existC.Don’t be afraid to “let it die”D.Seek out your criticsFor a more detailed information about points I and II, See
Sustainable Youth Ministry 
byMark DeVries for an excellent treatment on determining mission and values.I.
Choose a winning curriculum
 
A.Curriculum is simply
a tool that provides guidance for faith formation like amap or GPS that helps you get from one place to where you want to go.
B.Curriculum:1.Serves as a tool for forming faith2.Provides a guide for leaders3.Offers background material for biblical and theological formation4.Helps structure learning5.Accompanies other faith formation activitiesA.Curriculum is NOT1.All that is needed for faith formation2.Everything a leader needs for teaching3.A replacement for the relationship between learner and leader4.A transmission of the personal faith of the leader5.Magic!A.Considerations in choosing curriculum1.Does is help you meet your purpose and goals? How?2.Is the content consistent with your theology?3.Delivery method4.Additional resources (Bells and whistles)A.Always take special needs into consideration!
I.Develop a Plan
A.Identify how plan fits into larger purpose/needs1.What are we trying to accomplish?2.How should our components work together to accomplish our goals?A.Identify obstacles1.Dates2.Holidays3.School/Community conflictsA.Assemble plan on paper (see handout)
B.COMMUNICATE THE PLAN!
C.Be prepared to be flexible!I.
“Now what?”- Move from your curriculum to theclassroom
A.Determine the “Big Idea”

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