The Sunday School Zone Blog

The Sunday School Zone Blog contains insights on children’s spiritual formation as well as tips, ideas, and suggestions to help Christian parents and leaders as they work with kids of all abilities (and even adults with special needs) at home, church, and school. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please visit our Writer Inquiries page and then send us an explanatory email at [email protected] describing the kind of writing you’d like to do. We welcome those who have something of substance to say to Christian parents and teachers of children. You already know that Sunday School Zone offers tons of free, printable Bible activities for kids. If you think you’d like to contribute, please read more…

Identity and Space and Time

We noted in a prior article that humanity is connected to creation because we are also created beings. This means we are subject to some of the same limitations that all of creation operates under. One of those limitations is the reality of space and time. Space and Time If verses 1 and 2 of…

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Lead Volunteers: Make Room for Loving People

In this episode of Lead Volunteers (just under 2 minutes), Josh talks about the need to understand our calling to love people and to be sure we make room for loving people in our daily responsibilities. It’s easy to get consumed and overwhelmed by “the machine” of administrative duties and tasks and forget to simply…

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Lead Volunteers: Attending Your Own Event

Attend your own event. It sounds like common logic. Who in their right mind would plan an event but then not attend the event that they have planned? But ministry is so complex and there are times where so much is going on. You may have worked so hard at planning and preparing the event,…

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The Story of Who We Are (Identity and the Biblical Story)

The Bible tells a story. It is a story about God’s dealings with humanity and creation. It tells us a good deal about God Himself, but it also tells us a great deal about humankind and who we are. But like all good stories, you can’t simply “drop in” to the middle or end of…

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Lead Volunteers: Create Community Among Your Volunteers

In this episode of Lead Volunteers (just over 2 minutes), Josh talks about the value and priority of creating community among your volunteers. Yes, they need a relationship with you as the leader, but they also need a relationship with each other! Josh’s ideas and resources can help you immediately develop community among your volunteers!…

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Lead Volunteers: Vulnerability is the Key to Community

Everybody wants community. We were created to be in community. Isolation is one of the worst forms of punishment that can ever be executed upon a human being. Solitary confinement is torture. There is beauty and health and healing found in community. If community is a beautiful treasure and a prize behind a locked door,…

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Babies, Identity Development, and Attachments

Identity development begins at birth, if not earlier. Ideally, the church should seek to influence the child’s identity at the earliest possible age, even with newborns. The fact is that we can influence the development of a healthy biblical identity from the first time the child is under our care. What’s important at this age…

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Lead Volunteers: Know Thyself

St. Augustine said to “Know Thyself.” What type of a leader are you? One of the most important things you can do for the health and benefit of the ministry you lead is to know yourself. Do you understand your SHAPE for ministry? SHAPE is a wonderful acronym that stands for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality,…

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Lead Volunteers: An Orderly Ministry is More Appealing

It is amazing to me the differences between an orderly ministry and a disorderly ministry. A ministry that is clean and clutter free just seems more appealing. Mirror Image? I have to take you back 10-15 years ago when I was a high school chemistry teacher. I taught next to a teacher and our rooms…

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