Volunteer & Teacher Equipping:
Take adequate time to invest in training yourself and your volunteers on working with children. We want all of the time and energy we pour into our kids to have a lasting impact. Children learn differently than adults. We need to adjust our teaching to how they can best receive.
The Seven Laws of the Learner (Excellent book!)
Teaching with Style (Book, leader guide, DVDs)
Teach 4 the Heart (Online Courses)
Becky Fisher School of Supernatural Children’s Ministry (Online Course)
Classroom Management Mini-Course: 3 Days to Regain Control (Excellent FREE Resource)
Extra Curriculum Aids and Resources:
Sharing the Gospel with Children:
Focus on the Family (Article)
YouTube is a great resource for Object Lesson Ideas
Kids love to have fun. Don’t look at games as something to do on the side for fun. Integrate them into your lesson. Your kids are sure to remember anything you teach while playing a game!
Crafts are a great way for kids to take home a keepsake to remember what they’re learning in class. It also provides a multi-sensory learning experience for children of all ages. Be creative. Don’t think of a typical “Sunday School Craft.” Let your kids be creative and have their personal imprint on their creation.
Parent and Child Events:
Volunteer Clearance and Background Check Resources:
We live in a day and age where utmost care must be given to our children’s protection and safety. Sadly, churches are a number one target for predators. We must not be naïve about the topic of child safety. We must be as innocent as doves and yet as shrewd as serpents. Do not skip this step in protecting your Children’s Ministry. It is a vitally important step in caring for our children!
The State of Pennsylvania Clearance Requirements:
The State of PA requires all volunteers to obtain 3 clearances or background checks. Pennsylvania Child Abuse, PA State Police Check, and the FBI Clearance or FBI Waiver in lieu of the FBI Clearance. To qualify for the FBI Waiver, you must have had permanent residence in the state of Pennsylvania for a minimum of 10 consecutive years.
Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions – PA Department of Human Services
Mandatory Reporting Information: All volunteers by PA State Law are considered mandatory reporters.
What this means: If you suspect child abuse you must report it.
How to report child abuse: CHILDLINE 1-800-932-0313. This oral report must be made immediately and must be followed by an electronic report at http://www.KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov within 48 hours.
If you report electronically immediately you are exempt from an oral report.
If you would like to get certified, you can take the 3-hour course at: http://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu