Shepherding Ministry Venue: Sunday School Teachers

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A Sunday School teacher must take time to get to know the students to effectively shepherd them. 

Teachers who build relationships with their students move into incarnational teaching, the best way to get to know the condition of the sheep. Jesus came to earth, where mankind lived, to put truth into human form. Teachers, likewise, will best communicate truth when they are willing to go into the worlds of their students. Teaching truth within the context of relationship will have the greatest impact and enable you to effectively minister to them.

You will get to know the needs of individuals better.
 
You will start to see students as whole people, not merely as spiritual entities to teach.

When students sense that the teacher cares about them and that their needs are being met, they will want to keep coming back and they will want to bring others to share in it. They will tend to be more attentive to what you say and also more cooperative.

How Sunday School teachers can get to know students:

  1. Invest time and energy into keeping in contact with them.
     
  2. Observe them.
     
  3. Listen to your students.
     
  4. Learn what you can through reading, networking with other teachers, attending seminars, etc.

The Shepherding Ministry Manual briefly expounds of the above means of getting to know students and also asks you some questions to reflect on improvements you can make to church's Sunday School ministry.

How are teachers supposed to do all that? How do they prepare the lesson, get to know the students, and then also meet the needs of their students?

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