If you are a Sunday School teacher, chances are you are always looking for fresh and creative Sunday School ideas to use in your Sunday School class. Whether your church purchases pre-made Sunday School lessons, or whether you create your own “from scratch”, you can always use new and creative ideas, even if only to supplement what you have purchased. You can gain new and creative ideas from others kids ministry workers, online resources and even from the kids, themselves.
You can gain a lot from brainstorming sessions with other kids ministry leaders. You can plan a lunch in which you sit and brainstorm ideas as you eat, together. Or, you could simply plan a brainstorming session and meet at someone’s house or at your church. The great thing is, though, that in the day and time we now live, a brainstorming session does not actually require you to get ready and go meet someone, somewhere. Of course you can brainstorm over the phone. But, there are a wealth of other tools available, as well. You can use tools such as Google Docs for brainstorming. One person can create a file with Sunday School ideas, and share it with the other. The other person can view and/or edit, depending on the sharing settings. There are also many Web 2.0 brainstorming applications that can be found online. Most of these allow for sharing of ideas and collaboration. By using some of these tools, you can collaborate with other kids ministry leaders and helpers in the comfort of your own home and even in your PJs!
You can also glean a lot of ideas for your Sunday School lessons from online resources. You can find repositories of ideas, using a simple Google search. You can also find kid ministry forums, where people post ideas. Usually in those forums, you can also post questions and requests for people to help you with ideas. Personally, I have had good responses before from posting a request for ideas in my Facebook status, or sending that same request for help with a #KidMin Twitter hashtag. There are plenty of places to find Sunday School ideas online. It just requires a bit of searching.
Finally, don’t forget to use the kids, themselves, especially the older ones. You might be amazed at the ideas they can come up with to use to teach truths to the other kids. Many times we sell our kids short. God gives them a special kind of creativity. Use that creativity to your advantage. And, perhaps even more importantly, they know how the other kids think. So, who would better know how to reach the other kids? Try it for yourself. Take a handful of your kids and describe to them what you want to teach. See what kind of creative ideas they can come up with.
When you feel frustrated for a lack of ideas, don’t let your Sunday School class suffer. There are plenty of places to find new, fresh, and exciting Sunday School ideas.