Sunday schools

God’s Givers:
A Preaching/Teaching Curriculum Based on Old Testament Narratives
Drawn from the Pentateuch and Historical Books

Author
William Stevens D.Min.
Abstract
God’s Givers:
A Preaching/Teaching Curriculum Based on Old Testament Narratives
Drawn from the Pentateuch and Historical Books

This dissertation project focuses on the biblical theology of giving as expressed in the Old Testament. There are four main goals: content creation; publication of the content; distribution of content for teaching/preaching; and engagement with the content – presentations to targeted market segments. The application of the dissertation project is to communicate that the practice of giving in the church community today can be informed, enriched, and inspired by the biblical patterns and principles found in Old Testament narratives. The core of the dissertation project is the drafting of a preaching/teaching series on profiles of giving in the Old Testament based on a selection of historical narratives drawn from the Pentateuch and Historical Books. To complement the teaching series, the project will create ancillary educational resources: blogs, published articles, videos, and a book.

William J. Stevens, D. Min.
Matthew McKellar, Ph.D., Advisor
School of Theology
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2022

Preaching from teaching : an adult Sunday School workbook and methodology

Author
James D Lester
Abstract
"Preaching from Teaching" sets forth a design for the production of a series of sermons. It is an encouragement to pastors to include geographical, historical, and archaeological material, theological themes, and contemporary issues, in the planning for their adult teaching to enhance their preaching.

The first part of the project is the creation of a student workbook as an illustration of an adult teaching curriculum. Genesis 11:30-25:10 serves as the model for the workbook entitled "Rejoicing In New Beginnings." Chapter one "Traveling with God" is a review of appropriate geographical conditions, the historical background, and life settings of Abraham and Sarah. Chapter two, "Friends with God, "is a study of the theological themes from the passages. Chapter three, "Living Everyday with God, "is an examination of the contemporary faith and life issues which can be identified from the Abraham and Sarah narrative. Each chapter is designed to be one twelve week quarter of Sunday School lessons. The workbook serves as resource material of the class, but it also is designed to prompt the students to reflect on the data which has been presented.

The second part of the project is a methodology explaining how a series of sermons can be produced using the classroom experience and material. The section, "In the Study," is a description of the process of selecting passages, planning the curriculum, and preparing the workbook. The unit, "In the Classroom," offers some thoughts about the presentation of the workbook, but primarily emphasizes the need for the pastor to dialogue with the class and then retrieve the essence of those issues for direction in sermon preparation. The third of this group, "From the Pulpit," sets forth the practice of making sermons from the workbook and the classroom interactions.

Teacher care : a basic handbook for church educators

Author
William R Boersma
Abstract
Educational leaders have many responsibilities, but what distinguishes those who read this handbook is their desire to care for the congregation's teachers , helping them to grow
and develop their teaching potent i al . This they do by supporting, recruiting, training , and supervising teachers.

There are two paths which the readers could choose to follow through this handbook. They could systematically start at the beginning and proceed to end . Or they could randomly select chapters based on immediate interest and need. Fol l owing this random path, readers may or may not end up reading the entire handbook.

Either approach to reading this handbook is acceptable because of the handbook structure . Each chapter is independent . Even though they are coordinated, each chapter can stand alone. The framework of each chapter is similar. It moves from a general understanding of the topic (Perspectives) to specific suggestions for implementing the topic (Guiding Principles) to three examples of how it might be used in different churches { Models). This is then followed by two concluding sections, Resources and Annotated Bibliography.

Spiritual formation: beyond cognitive belief -- an ethnographic study of adult Sunday school in baptistic churches in Massachusetts

Author
Laura J Cassidy-Moffatt
Abstract
This research project examined adult Sunday school in seven baptistic churches in Massachusetts. An ethnographic study was conducted to discern common practices and highlight opportunities for growth in the midst of church decline. The researcher examined the biblical concepts of teaching and knowing and conducted a literature review of the history of Sunday school, pedagogical best practices, and advances in cognitive neuroscience of learning. The researcher identified five themes common to these Sunday school programs that have resulted in lack of holistic formation in Sunday School as traditionally practiced: mission, attendance, commitment/engagement, format, and content. The field research yielded a pessimistic portrait of adult Sunday school in six of the seven churches studied. It was shown to be an outdated model practiced by a dwindling group. The researcher described ways, using the five identified themes, in which the aging Sunday school model could be augmented to better fulfill the goals of knowing in the biblical sense, personal transformation, and cooperation with the Holy Spirit's guidance and teachings. Teaching in ways that transform lives is a long-term cooperative effort with the Holy Spirit and can only be done in the context of a healthy church community. Churches that do not prioritize discipleship set themselves up for members who are spiritually apathetic, and ultimately those churches may decline over time.

Equipping selected adult Bible teachers at First Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia, in sunday school best practices

Author
Keith M Stewart
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to equip selected adult Bilble study teachers at First Baptist Church, Moultrie, Georgia, in Sunday school best practices. The project director developed eight Sunday school best practices from a survey for the "2012 Georgia's Fastest Growing Sunday Schools." The project director developed the survey results into a training curriculum and enlisted and trained a group of adult Sunday school leaders in a workshop held over four weeks. The project resulted in thirty-three sunday school leaders being equipped in Sunday school best practices.

The development of an evangelistic Sunday School at Tabernacle Baptist Congregation

Author
Mathieu Joseph Estimé
Abstract
Tabernacle Baptist Congregation came into existence in November 1997. Throughout the years several ministries have been created. Many church leaders have been trained to help the senior pastor carry out the church's daunting task. Each ministry has a leader in charge. Preaching and teaching the Word of God are the cornerstone of Tabernacle Baptist Congregation. Christian education is for the church what water is for a fish. Sunday School plays a vital role in the church's programs. However, Sunday School evangelism has so far been neglected. Can Tabernacle Baptist Congregation have any potential for spiritual growth without the promotion of the Great Commission? The promotion of Sunday School evangelism at Tabernacle Baptist Congregation would enable the author of this thesis project to respond. A congregational profile will enable the author of this thesis project to discover the challenges that this church is facing in promoting Sunday School outreach. This congregational profile will also enable the author to find the causes of this systemic problem.

The intentional church: evaluating Sunday School classes, small groups, and their effectiveness

Author
Weston W Williams
Abstract
This thesis project evaluates the effectiveness of home groups and Sunday School classes in maturing disciples at Bowling Green Christian Church in Bowling Green, KY. It examines the biblical definition of spiritual maturity and the call to make disciples. In light of this call two congregational surveys were created and deployed. The results indicated Sunday School classes did a better job in maturing believers.

A mentoring model for training teachers of Sunday school children at First Fundamental Bible Church of Monterey Park, California

Author
Rolland G Coburn
Abstract
Churches need trained teachers. The aim of this study is to show churches can use a mentoring model to help experienced teachers transfer practical knowledge to trainees and multiply available, trained teachers. A secondary aim is to show that the mentoring model matches biblical principles. This study, through an integrative review and critical analysis of literature, explores the biblical, theological foundations of teacher training, surveys the development of teacher training in the church, and based on the Bible and history presents a model for teacher apprenticeship. The findings show this method multiplies available, trained teachers and agrees with biblical principles.

Every member a missionary: the effect of cultural awareness education on the attitudes of a local congregation towards its Latino neighbors

Author
Gregory W Burriss
Abstract
This project was designed to help churches use cross-cultural awareness education in the sunday school to help members have more positive attitudes toward interaction with neighbors who are different. The research sought to assess the effectiveness of a short sunday school lesson series in making members more open to cross-cultural interaction. Results suggest that some preliminary education can be helpful when combined with an intentional interactive experience that includes the target group.

Equipping a selected group of believers of Southway Baptist Church, Brookhaven, Mississippi to write daily devotionals

Author
Thomas Richard Balkcom
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip a selected group of believers of Southway Baptist Church, Brookhaven, Mississippi to write a daily devotional. The project director researched the field of daily devotionals examining devotional content, writing guidelines. and interviewing experts in the field of daily devotionals for essential components of effectively written daily devotionals. Then the project director compiled the principles of effectively written devotionals into a workshop format. The workshop was presented to the Sunday school teachers of Southway Baptist Church to begin writing his or her daily devotional.
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