Christian Education Manual

September, 1959  by Pastor Wesley Darby

 

Christian Education Manual

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FEED MY LAMBS

I meant to study all the week,
And very carefully prepare;
I meant to kneel - yes, every day
And bear each pupil up in prayer.
But I was busy, and I found
So many things that I must do,
Important things, that could not wait -
The week was gone before I knew!
I meant to visit several homes,
And mail some cards to absentees,
To let them know that they are missed,
For such a word is sure to please.
And often brings them quickly back;
But somehow every day went by
And not a single card I sent.
And now I ask, Why didn't I?
And so this morning when I rose
I tried to study while I ate,
I briefly read my quarterly
And hurried out, five minutes late,
I found them singing, and I dropped,
Breathless, ashamed, into my seat -
For I intended to be there
That I the earliest child might greet.
Time for the lesson, and a group
Of eager voices beg their turn
To quote by heart the memory verse
Which I, alas, forgot to learn!
And so I stumbled through the hour,
And built with stubble, hay and wood
Instead of gold, and precious stones,
And silver, as His servants should.
"Go feed my lambs", was His command;
And shall I hope for them to live
On little morsels such as this,
When mighty feasts are mine to give?
Forgive me, Lord, that I should treat
Thy Word, in such a shameful way,
And may I never stand again,
Defeated, as I've done today.

-- Barbara Cornet Ryberg

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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER

THE COVENANT: "Knowing Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and obeying Him as My Master, I accept the position of Sunday School Teacher as a responsibility from God.   Knowing I shall give an account to Him of my Stewardship, I pledge to give my best in the service of this office, and to seek every possible way to improve my ability to carry out its responsibilities."

MOTTO: "Our greatest service to the Highest Calling"

THEME VERSE: II Tim. 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

THE TEACHER'S TEN COMMANDMENTS:

1. Thou shalt teach the Scriptures, diligently studying and seeking to improve thy ability to teach by personal and group studies and by attending the Teachers' Meetings.

2. Thou shalt bow down thyself regularly in prayer for thyself, thy pupils and thy fellowlaborers that all might grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Thou shalt give thy church thy undying loyalty and support.  Thou shalt believe its doctrines, and attend its meetings.  Thou shalt defend it from all its enemies, and shalt constantly promote its prosperity and spirituality.

4. Thou shalt remember the Great Commission.  Thou shalt teach a world wide missionary outreach, and shalt practice it by evangelizing thy class and thy neighborhood.  Regular contacts and visits shall be made on absentees and prospects to gain their conversion to Christ.

5. Thou shalt honor thy pastor and thy fellowlaborers that thy days may be long and blessed in the Church to which the Lord thy God hath given thee.

6. Thou shalt not use intoxicants or narcotics.  (This includes Tobacco.)

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery against the Bridegroom of your soul by worldly loves such as dancing and theater attendance, and thou shalt rule thy T.V. and Radio lest they corrupt thy affections to Christ.  Thou shalt show thy love to Christ in speech and appearance.

8. Thou shalt not gamble.

9. Thou shalt not gossip against God's children, neither shalt thou back-bite when instructed.

10. Thou shalt not be temperamental in advancing thyself or thine ideas.

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HEART, HEAD, HAND AND HEALTH MUST BE CAREFULLY PREPARED

For the Preparation of the Heart you need:

1. Time each day for personal devotion needs to be met in devotional Bible reading and prayer.

2.  Time each day to lay before the Lord your love for your class and to cry out to the Lord in real compassion that your pupils might be saved.

3.  Personal sins must be confessed and a sweet relationship with God must always be yours.  It will show itself in your humility and cooperation with others.

For the Preparation of the Head you need:

1.  The week should be planned to give you a thorough study of the actual lesson to be taught.

2.  Related Scriptures must be compared, and the individual lesson must not violate the over-all message and plan of the Bible and God's perfect will.

3.  Current events, illustrations, visual aids must be carefully chosen to teach the lesson effectively.

4.  Fair S.S. teachers teach the lesson, good ones teach the pupils.  The best ones teach the pupils the lesson.  Study the spiritual needs of your pupils and supply them with what they need as individual souls.

For the Preparation and Use of the Hand you need:

1.  Have a plan to, A- get new prospects to visit your class, B- get the visitors to come back, C- get the absentees back, D- get the inactive pupils back again active.  This will take 4 separate plans.

2.  Make contacts each week by phone, card or letter; send out class to call; go calling yourself.  To teach a class - you must have a class.

3.  Check your class room.  If it is not the best of all possible class rooms get busy.  You may have to do it yourself, but don't be content to be in a rut.

For the Protection of your Health you need:

1.  Eliminate the devil's diversions that kill your time and your soul.  "Greatest service to highest calling."

2.  Work does not kill, but worry does.  Discipline yourself, work hard, but turn all your worries over to the Lord.  Worry is a sin.  Don't carry a grudge or a misunderstanding but go to your brother and settle it.

3.  Do not linger on success or failure.  Praise God for success and press on.  Confess to God your failure and your sins and press on.  Emotional problems grow into physical and spiritual ones.

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HERE IS WHAT TIE NEED IN THE LINES OF RECORDS!

No business can succeed without adequate records, and the Sunday School is no exception. We need a good set of records to show us the history of the spiritual growth of each student and officer. Each record represents a soul for whom Christ died; if we lose someone because of our failure to have adequate records, we may be responsible for their going to Hell. Here are some rules to seek to follow to make our records what they should be.

OUR RECORDS MUST BE NEAT AND ACCURATE:

  1. If the record must be filled out in a hurry, do it in soft lead pencil.
  2. Regularly go back and ink in the records with blue-black permanent ink, and wipe off the pencil marks with a soft eraser and you will have records that you can be proud of.

OUR RECORDS MUST BE COMPLETE AND USEABLE

A. Records in the Class Book

  1. In the front of the book, list each pupil, name, address, phone number, age, school grade (in pencil),  birthday, date first enrolled, are they saved, member of the Church, Father, name.
  2. On the Prospects, page, list each visitor and prospect by name, phone number, date of visits, and the results.
  3. On the Monthly Class record you may put the Active membership at the top of the page, the Prospects and Inactive members at the bottom of the page. Keep a weekly record of attendance with small x's, and put in with small writing any calls, cards, or the reason for being absent. Make your records useful and if you are a secretary, see that the teacher has a list of absentees each Sunday.
    (Send your class book to the Office each Sunday as the record is taken, and after the Closing Service you may pick it up and take it home with you. Check your mail box as you come each week to see if there are any special notices for your class.)
  4. Send with your book each week a list of any new pupils, any pupils to be awarded and the number of pupils present in your class.

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B. Records in the S.S. Office Flat File:

  1.  Individual Class Attendance Cards should have the total number of Sunday's attendance entered the last Sunday of each month. The individual record cards should include the name, address, phone number, birthday, school grade, father's name, last Cross & Crown award. These cards should be filed alphabetically after each class division.
  2.  Family Information Cards should be filed alphabetically by the Father's last name, and should include as much information as possible on each family. On the back of the card a record of visits will be kept by the visitation Chairman. On the face of the card after each name should be a record of what S.S. class, list of offices held, Date joined Church, how, and other indicated information.

ON ALL RECORDS- Permanent portions should be kept in ink with a fine pointed pen, and information that will change regularly, such as age, grade, class, offices, and so forth in sharp pointed pencil.

RECORDS FOR EACH GROUP AND SOCIETY OF THE CHURCH

Every group of our Church should keep accurate up-to-date records, and should enter their total attendance each week on the large attendance chart by the Activities Bulletin Board. If you need a record book, there are several kinds in the S.S. Office. Ask S.S. Secretary for one. SEE THE SAMPLE RECORD PAGES JUST INSIDE THE DOOR OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFICE.

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INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING ESSENTIALS

In olden days a student was assigned to one teacher for life. The one teacher was responsible for the complete education of the student in all aspects of the arts, sciences and faith.  In this way the teacher was completely responsible to see that the student was not cheated out of some aspect of knowledge.  Later years it was decided, partly by educational science and partly by necessity, that there be many teachers for each student, the teachers to specialize in a certain age development, or a certain subject.  This method is easier on the pupil and the teacher, and is a far better method as the pupil now can benefit from many minds instead of one.

The only way this type of instruction can achieve its goal is through a careful organization of material so that nothing be left out of the pupil's education. For this reason we used a planned curriculum, quarterlies and other lesson helps. Every individual lesson is a part of the whole education of the pupil, and if on lesson is left out the pupil will not have as complete an education as he should have. A student with perfect attendance throughout the grades of our Sunday School would have a carefully selected study of all of the Bible, and every important doctrine, as well as studying every major life-problem

However, our students are not always faithful, and neither are the teachers. Therefore there are often gaps in the education of the student. The teacher must be alert and when any of these gaps are discovered they must be covered. There are certain essentials that must be covered if the pupil is to be given a chance to get to know the Bible. The Lord instructed us to teach "all things whatsoever I have commanded you;" (Matt. 28:20) and we must not fail Him. Any time there is a need shown for any of these essentials the teacher must take time to fill the gap left in some students' minds. Whether it is through personal consultation of time taken in class by condensing the main lesson of the day - these essentials must be covered if our students are going to be saved and grow to be mature Christians.

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