Sunday School Training
Equip provides extensive training for Sunday School teachers. Each module takes 2 hours, but a church may decide to run more than one module on a given day. The foundational module is called Gospel-Centred Sunday School. This module must be taken first. We have the privilege of partnering with various local churches in training their teachers and if your church would like to host a module, you can find out more here.
Gospel Centered Sunday School
How does God’s word shape the priorities we have in children’s ministry? And what are the practical implications of these priorities? Gospel-Centred Sunday School is a foundational training module for Sunday School teachers that helps teachers consider the importance of teaching the gospel to children, rather than simply Bible stories or moral values. Teachers begin to learn how all of the Bible points to Jesus and are equipped with the basics of how to prepare a gospel-centred lesson. Teachers are equipped with a clear ministry philosophy for Sunday School that helps teachers think about what they do and why.
The Why & How of Kid's Talks
Children are an important part of the church and it is essential that we express this in our communal gatherings. This module explores how we can integrate kid’s spots into our services, and how we can give effective kids talks that engage both adults and children alike.
Using Storytelling and Drama To Teach
This session will give lots of creative ideas on how to use Storytelling and Drama to teach children the Bible, and introduce them to the BIG story of the gospel.
Working with Different Age Groups
All children go through different stages of development – physically, mentally and emotionally. It is crucial that we understand these stages if we’re going to teach in an effective, engaging and age-appropriate way. This module will consider how we can effectively teach the Bible to children of different ages and stages.
Classroom Management and Discipline
This session will focus on the management aspect of a Sunday school class taking the perspective of a gospel-centered approach in handling difficult kids and preparing a conducive environment and lesson plan that encourages the gospel and the Bible to saturate the lives of our children.
Preparing Children to be Evangelists
This session will focus on preparing the children we teach to know the gospel well and articulate it with the aim of sharing the good news of Jesus as Christ to their school friends and family even at a young age.
Teaching Children to Pray
This session will focus on preparing the hearts of children to talk to God through prayer and how to encourage that.
Grace & Parenting
As parents we desire to nurture and grow our kids in the best way – how should God’s grace shape our view of parenting and what we should desire for our kids?
How to teach the Bible to children
This session gives an overview of the main building blocks in building an effective ministry to children, including how to write a lesson plan, what to include in a lesson, how to be creative, and more.
Engaging Boys: Overcoming the Boredom Syndrome
Many teachers struggle to engage with the boys in their class. They find the boys bored and disruptive. What can we do? This seminar explores what boys like, how they learn best and the implications for us as we seek to engage them with God’s truth. Not only is this session filled with practical tips for how to engage them, but advice on how how to build relationships and disciple effectively.
Answering Questions Children Ask
Children are known to ask the difficult and important of life, whether how can I trust the Bible, what about other religions (or did God create aliens?). As children grow in faith they need to know the “why” and not the “what”. Otherwise, as they grow up into teenagers & adults, their unanswered questions may fester into doubt and disbelief. Yet, we often feel afraid and ill-equipped to answer the questions children ask. This seminar emphasises the importance a creating a culture of asking questions, and gives practical tips on when and how to answer them.
Expectations of Leaders
Giving a Kid's Talk
Teaching Memory Verses
Children have an amazing ability to soak up everything around them. Teaching memory verses is a wonderful way to fill their minds with God’s word and shape their worldview. If taught well, these memory verses will be remembered for all of life, ministering to the children in good times & difficult ones. So how do you choose a memory verse? How do you make them both memorable and fun? Join this fun session to teach memory verses with games, mimes, raps, songs, and more!
Singing in Kids' Church
Singing is a fun and memorable way of learning gospel truth. Biblical words put to a catchy tune will get “stuck” in our heads for days, if not for life. Singing is an important way that we respond to God’s word together, express our trust in him and give him the praise he is due. In this seminar, we’ll learn about why we sing, how to sing with children, where to find good songs, and sing too!
Using the Gospel Project
The Gospel Project is an excellent curriculum of Christ-centered, chronological Sunday School materials for children. The Gospel Project takes children on a journey through Scripture showing how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. In this seminar, we learn how to use the Gospel Project materials effectively, so that we may transform our Sunday Schools from being moralistic to gospel-shaped.
The Place of Children in the Church
Many churches are confused about the right place of children in the church. This is in part due to the rise of the modern day Sunday School movement, in which children are regularly removed from the main service into specialized classes. An unintended side-effect of this right emphasis on age-appropriate teaching, has meant that children are often viewed as an unwanted distraction rather than a vital part of the gathered church. In this seminar, we explore how children and their parents fit in the broader church, how congregations and their leaders can serve children, and how children and their parents can serve the congregation.
Writing a Lesson Plan
A good lesson is where the main point of a Bible passage is taught in a clear, creative, concrete, and gospel-centred manner that points to Christ, and is applied to the child. In this seminar, we learn how to move move from any Bible passage to craft an engaging lesson plan, which applies biblical truth in an age appropriate way. We will learn a model for understanding any Bible passage, think about how to structure a lesson, and think about how to tailor a lesson to the particular age group you are teaching.
Apologetics for Children
It is common for children to have their faith challenged – whether at home, at school, or with friends. In the multi-religious communities in which children grow up, it is crucial that children understand their faith, and know how to respond when it is challenged by others. In this seminar, we think about how to teach children the answers to common apologetics questions, so that they may effectively defend their faith and share it with others.
Teaching Children Creatively
How do we handle God’s word faithfully and yet engage each child at the same time? In this seminar we’ll have lots of fun learning new and creative ideas to teach children, whether through games, songs, puppets, objects, jokes, puzzles, drama (and perhaps even some magic!). It is highly practical, with lots of take-home ideas that can easily be put into practice in our teaching programs. Get ready to have some fun!
Building An Effective Children’s Ministry
What does an effective children’s ministry look like? How do you go about building a ministry that impacts children beyond their years in your programs? What are the essential pillars on which every children’s ministry should be built? Come and explore this vital topic and set your children’s ministry on a firm foundation that will impact children for decades to come.
Growing Godly Children’s Ministry Leaders
Godly leadership is vital to any healthy ministry. Such leadership involves both godly character, and sound convictions, and a commitment to grow in both. In this seminar we consider how to encourage leaders grow in knowledge and love of Christ, and to be servant-hearted leaders full of love for the children, and a willingness to sacrificially serve. It is a vital foundation session for all who seek to establish a children’s ministry on a firm foundation.
Safe Ministry With Children
Any child is a vulnerable human being and hence needs to be protected from harm and injury. Adults must take full responsibility for that protection, as part of their caring for children. Sadly, children frequently suffer various kinds of abuse as they grow up, often from family members, but occasionally by people in the church. We must be vigilant and develop a careful policy that screens leaders and protects them dangerous situations. In this seminar, we think about the importance of Safe Ministry with children and steps to take to ensure it.
Helping Children in Crisis
We live in a fallen world, full of disease, division, disaster, divorce and death. Children are not immune from experiencing such suffering, and it can have dramatic and disastrous results. In this seminar, we will consider how to prepare children for crisis and how to help them through crisis, both pastorally and practically.
The Why & How of Kid’s Spots
Lurking in many family-friendly church meetings is a segment that is oft over-looked and under-prepared: the seven or eight minutes when the church focuses on the little people huddled up the front, before they are sent off to Sunday school or kids’ church. The fluffy puppets and pretty pictures should not distract us from asking: Why do we do kids’ spots? How do they glorify God? How can we maximize their benefits for those who see them? In this session, we think about the purpose of the kids spot and how to maximise it for the encouragement of both the children and the wider church.
We can so easily limit our role with kids to that of a teacher – downloading information and maintaining order. But the Bible says we are more – we are disciple-makers with a responsibility to shepherd and disciple the children under our care. We are to share not only the gospel, but also our lives. What will it look like to effectively pastor the children in our care? How do we appropriately get to know each child and apply God’s word to his/her life? Come to this seminar and find out!
Planning A Kids Church Program
There are so many curriculums available to help us as we teach children. But how do we work out what curriculum to choose? And how do we plan our lessons effectively so that they are connected and coherent from week to week? In this seminar we think about how to effectively plan the teaching program for the children’s ministry in your church.
Recruiting & Retaining Teachers
It’s announcement time, and once again the Pastor stands up and announces, “We need more children’s ministry leaders”. In many churches, it is a struggle to recruit teachers who are committed to children’s ministry in the long-term. Frequently, there is a high turnover of teacher. With a lack of experienced teachers, the children’s ministry flounders, and the children struggle to grow and mature in their faith. What if this could be different? What if we could effectively recruit and retain teachers for the long term? Come along to this seminar and learn how!
Presenting the Gospel To Children
How do you communicate God’s good news with clarity and passion? The good news of Jesus is for all – including children. Ministry to young people is a great mission field. Come along to this seminar to find out practical ways to share the gospel with children in an engaging way and to call them to repentance and faith.
Starting Out In Children’s Ministry
You’re new to children’s ministry and you’re not sure where to begin. Why do we do children’s ministry anyway? Why do it this way? Why I am I doing children’s ministry? In this seminar, we think about how to get started in children’s ministry, what are the key character and skills to be developed, and how to ensure you keep growing and maturing as a teacher in the long term.
Growing Servant-Hearted Children
God’s Spirit gives gifts to every Christian – gifts that are to be used to build up the body of Christ. This is as true for the young child who has come to faith as it is for the teenager or adult who have come to faith. God is at work in his people, changing them to be more like Christ and equipping them for acts of service for his glory. So how do we encourage Christian children to use their gifts to serve and glorify God? How do we identify their gifts, train them to use their gifts, and create opportunities for them to serve? This seminar will inspire and motivate you to become proactive in this area, and create a culture in your church where children are actively living out their faith.
Helping Parents Shepherd Their Children
Most parents know it is their responsibility to shepherd their own children… to teach their kids about the Lord…. to bring God-talk into daily life… to pray with their kids and for their kids. However few are actually doing it. We know from scripture that parents are to be the primary shepherds of their children. We also know that God wants us, in community, to raise our children to fear and love the Lord. So what role does the church play in helping parents? How do we raise this expectation with parents? And how do we support, resource and equip them to do it?
And Other Seminars By Request