One of the most challenging aspects of children’s ministry is recruiting enough volunteers to teach and help in classrooms. If you are in the place of having to recruit volunteers, you probably agree with us that you don’t want people teaching and helping out of a sense of obligation or “if I don’t do it, no one will.” You want volunteers who are thrilled and eager to serve children because they understand the impact they are having on the next generation.
One way to excite your congregation into truly wanting to give of their time is to cast a vision for them of what you hope to accomplish through Sunday school. Here are three ways casting vision aids in your volunteer recruitment.
Sunday school should not be a place parents just drop their kids off to for a few hours of free babysitting while they enjoy the service. Help your volunteers realize that they aren’t just glorified Sunday morning babysitters. They are meeting a desperate need to help nurture a generation of believers who love the Lord, love and trust his Word, know what it teaches, and can boldly proclaim and defend truth and the gospel.
Cast the vision of what you hope to accomplish through a solid Sunday school program. Perhaps it sounds something like this:
“One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness. (Psalm 145:4–6)”
When people understand they are working for something greater than just the here and now, they get excited to make an eternal impact.
Many church kids start disbelieving the Bible in grade school, and two-thirds of young people walk away from church by the time they reach college age, with very few returning. Research (published in Ken Ham’s book Already Gone) powerfully reveals that one of the major reasons for this exodus is a lack of apologetics (faith-defense) teaching. Young people simply don’t know what God’s Word teaches, what they believe, or why they believe what they believe. So they are susceptible to the skeptical attacks of our day.
Answers Bible Curriculum confronts this problem head-on by teaching through the Bible chronologically (which really brings the Bible to life), with apologetics and biblical authority teaching woven throughout. It’s a unique curriculum meeting a desperate need. Help your church catch the vision for why this curriculum is needed, and help them see how it can impact not only this generation but also generations to come as those parents teach their children—who go on to teach their children!
You can help your church catch the vision by:
Just because children grow up in a Christian home or faithfully attend church and Sunday school doesn’t mean they are saved. They need to encounter Christ for themselves and this means hearing the gospel message; “so faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).
To help children grasp the gospel and see their own need of a Savior, the gospel is an integral part of each unit of ABC. And this makes sense! The Old Testament points towards Christ’s coming work, the Gospels describe that work, and the rest of the New Testament looks back on this completed work. The Bible is all about the gospel, so our curriculum—which goes through the whole Bible from beginning to end—is too!
Seeing the gospel unfold throughout history, and understanding this “scarlet thread” throughout the Bible, helps both the gospel and the Bible make sense. Potential volunteers will love knowing they are proclaiming the gospel message each week, preparing soil that’s eager and ready to hear the message. What could be greater than proclaiming our good God and what he has done for us to the next generation?
Casting vision is a vital part of recruiting the help you need to teach the next generation to love the Lord their God and to serve and worship him alone. Learn more about ABC to enable you to communicate its uniqueness to your church at AnswersBibleCurriculum.com.
© 2020 Answers in Genesis