As a small church teacher, we didn't have room in the budget to buy curriculum. As teachers, we were given a foundation to work from, but the lessons and curriculum were up to us.
So here it is Saturday night, we just finished dinner and I head off to... oh wait, I have a class to prepare for and I have no Sunday School lesson planned for tomorrow. Off to Pinterest I run looking for a lesson idea.
Does this sound like your typical Saturday night?
It doesn't have to be, and even better you can still use Pinterest to help you plan.
Much like a meal plan keeps you from eating cereal every night, and a budget helps you make sure everybody is getting paid. A ministry teaching calendar helps to keep you focused on your class goals and objectives.
Let's look at 5 Reasons you should have a ministry teaching calendar.
1. Lower your stress level
By knowing what you are going to teach you lower the last minute rush to find a lesson. No more Saturday night cram sessions. No more trying to figure out the point you want to bring out right before class starts.
2. Slowly work on your lesson plan instead of all at once
If you know what you plan to teach you can slowly work on your plan. Gathering facts, points, and experiments. I like to create a Pinterest board or Evernote folder where I can collect these things. Then when it is time to put the lesson plan together the process isn't as hard.
3. Teach a balance of lessons
Teaching a balance of lessons is good for a well-balanced class. Not everyone is going to be in the same spot spiritually. You are going to have people in your class who have never opened a Bible and others who were raised on it. So you need to find a balance in your lessons. This means you don't leave the new students behind or bore your advanced students. God's word is meant for everybody!
4. Master needed skills early
If you want to teach your students to study the Bible. It might be a good idea to teach your students the books of the Bible. If not that them at the very least the theme behind the of books of the Bible. This is a perfect example of building on skills you have already learned.
5. Meet Goals and Objectives.
If you don't plan goals and objectives you will never reach them. So part of your planning process you need to set goals and objectives for your class. Then seek to meet those goals.
Now that we know our that creating a teaching calendar helps us to meet goals and objectives. It helps us master needed skills while building new skills. Most of all it helps us stay on top of teaching balanced lessons. We know that planning ahead means we can slowly work on the lesson plan which lowers stress.
If you work in ministry you know lowering stress is a big deal. So save this post on Pinterest and check back next week as we learn how to plan your teaching curriculum. Join the conversation on Facebook!