The Importance of Sunday School Teachers – Some reflections by the Rev. Dr. Richard Topping
People who volunteer to teach Sunday School (or ‘Youth Zone,’ ‘Kids’ Club,’ or whatever else you want to call it), are special.
On top of their other weekly responsibilities they prayerfully prepare activities and lessons that will bless, educate and equip our young people.
It’s difficult. You never know who or how many are going to show up. The behaviour issues that are increasing in the school system are present here as well. Volunteers are sometimes lacking so the key people don’t often get a rest.
But it’s meaningful servanthood. And it makes a colossal difference in the lives of those young people, their families, and in the wider world.
If you want to make a long-term impact for the kingdom of God, it’s the place to be.
The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes feature topics, interviews, and biblical studies. This episode is a short talk with the Rev. Dr. Richard Topping.
I was recently at an event called “Holy Imagination” hosted by the Renewal Fellowship. Dr. Topping was the main speaker. He is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Vancouver School of Theology and the Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition.
Throughout his talks he kept referencing Sunday School teachers who had made an impact on him and others. I thought that what he had to say would be an encouragement to others, especially Sunday School teachers. So he agreed to share a few of those memories in condensed form after one of the sessions. I recorded it on my phone so the quality isn’t great, but his insights and gratitude still come through loud and clear.
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