TEACHER Orientation

GENERAL ORIENTATION
The best orientation is live experience.  Ministry leaders will work with you to gain some “on-the-job” training, especially if you are a new Sunday School teacher.  Please take advantage of it!  And be sure to read all the resources on these equipping pages.

Time
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School Year
The Sunday School year is August 1 – July 31.

Church Membership
Teachers and prospective teachers must be active church members at Kearney First Baptist Church for at least the previous SIX MONTHS of the teaching assignment.

Teachers Covenant
All teachers at First Baptist Church annually agree to a Teachers Covenant.  The Christian Education staff will contact teachers to remind them of this yearly commitment.

Absences
We know that teachers will be absent on occasion.  The following procedure should be used to secure a substitute teacher for your class:

Adult class – Generally, each adult class has a short list of qualified members who can teach in the absence of the regular teacher.  If none are available, the teacher should notify the church office that a substitute will be needed for a certain date.

Youth class – We maintain a list of qualified members who gladly substitute teach for Youth Sunday School teachers.  Simply contact the office and we will assist you in making contact.

Children class – We maintain a list of qualified members who gladly substitute teach for Children Sunday School teachers.  Simply contact the office or the Children’s Ministry Leader and we will assist you in making contact.

Preschool class – We maintain a list of qualified members who gladly substitute teach for Preschool Sunday School teachers.  Simply contact the office or the Children’s Ministry Leader and we will assist you in making contact.

Curriculum and Supplies
The church provides all curriculum, supplies, support material, or other items useful in fulfilling the task of teaching Sunday School.  There are deadlines to meet in ordering dated curriculum.  Deadlines are usually posted in the Weekly Teachers Memo.

If a teacher needs material mid-term, simply contact the church office or ministry leader for assistance.  Dated material can usually be ordered as supplies last.  Undated material can be ordered as needed.

Contact the church office or ministry leader over your age-group area for procurement procedures.

Teachers Meetings
Teachers meetings are held on a regular basis (about once per quarter).  A notice is usually sent in the mail and/or email.

Study Aids
You will need a good study Bible!  Talk to a ministry leader to find the one just for you.  Also discuss additional resources like commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc.  See the LINKS on the Home Page for a recommended list of sites and study aids.  NOTE:  Online Biblical resources are not always reliable.  Be sure to check any you read by:

– talking to a pastoral staff member about the site
– reading the site’s About page
– reviewing the site’s Links to discover their affiliations
– reviewing credentials of the author(s) or creator(s) of the site’s material
– questioning doctrinal, theological, and faith-challenging statements


The following video will help you know the TASK of the Sunday School.


If you are a new teacher, or you are considering teaching a Sunday School class for the first time (or the first time in a long time):

1.  Read the Teachers Covenant!

2.  Read the age group page of your interest:

Adult Sunday School Teacher
Youth Sunday School Teacher
Children Sunday School Teacher
Preschool Sunday School Teacher

3.  Read the assessing page of your interest:

Assessing Adult Sunday School
Assessing Youth Sunday School
Assessing Children Sunday School
Assessing Preschool Sunday School

4.  Read the evangelism page of your age-group interest:

Evangelism (adult)
Youth Evangelism
Sharing Christ with Kids


If you are currently teaching:  You’ll find a lot of great resources, reminders, refreshers, and encouragement here.  Navigate through these equipping pages to find the topics and age groups of your interest(s).

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