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New online course for Sunday school teachers

 Children learn in many different ways
Children learn in many different ways
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With the busyness of modern life, people are turning more and more towards online study which allows participants to pick the time and place for learning. Now those who teach children in Sunday school have an opportunity to take an online course to grow their skills and interact with other teachers, sharing the blessings and challenges of their ministry with children.

Practical Resources for Churches (PRC) is offering the course for Sunday school teachers of children preschool age to 6th grade through the BeADisciple website, one of several programs of the Institute for Discipleship at the United Methodist Church’s Southwestern College. The Institute for Discipleship provides educational opportunities for lay and clergy Christian leaders to nurture and enrich them so they can live and minister effectively.

The title of the course is “IFD340 -- Called to Teach” and focuses on teaching as a calling and a ministry. Topics covered in the course include children’s faith development, age level characteristics, prayer and spiritual practices, the Bible, Church History, different types of curriculum, lesson planning, the teaching environment, and ways to partner with students’ families and the congregation in their students’ faith formation.

The course will run from September 15 through October 6, 2014 and the cost is $45. You can click here for more information and to register. The course is taught by Debbie Kolacki, senior consultant at PRC and a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. For more information you can contact PRC at 631-821-2255 or e-mail the instructor at