Engaging this module
You are invited to explore this module by reading the content, watching the presentations and videos and responding to the suggested exercises and activities. You are encouraged to have a Bible and journaling materials nearby to take notes.
An important role of a church educator is to train, equip, and develop others to lead in the area of faith formation. This module can be viewed as a Tool Kit to open and choose what pieces would be most helpful to you.
Don Griggs, in his book Called to Teach, reminds us that
“When persons are invited to serve as teachers or leaders it is important to help them understand this not just a matter of filling a vacant slot on a personnel chart. They are invited to participate in the ministry of the church. Ministry is giving oneself to serving others in the name of Jesus Christ. There are many aspects to ministry in every congregation and there is a need to staff all the leadership positions in a church so that its membership as well as the larger community will receive ministries of care, nurture, and advocacy.”
Developing and training volunteers is a necessity, not a luxury. By having an intentional, well-conceived plan for teacher/leader development in place, the mode of putting an emergency management plan in place can be avoided.
Join Sarah Bentley Allred as she offers Tips for Training Volunteer Leaders in Christian Faith Formation. The topics she explores include:
1. Be intentional about the invitation
2. Be open and honest about the commitment
3. Consider written job descriptions
4. Model preparation and organization
5. Respect your volunteers’ time
6. Focus on relationships
7. Make time for prayer
8. Share a vision
9. Content, content, content!
10. Consider the needs of volunteers
POLICIES, PRACTICES, AND PROCEDURES
“God intends for the church and its ministries to be a safe place for all to encounter God and grow into lives of service and fulfillment. We are called to be a holy community.” (Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk for the General Assembly of PC(USA))