Category Archives: Christian Education ~ Ideas and Advice

Teaching Paul to Children in Sunday School

Scripture selections, Lesson ideas, and Software suggestions from (Rev.) Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com The life and teaching of the Apostle Paul often get scant attention in Sunday School curriculum, and it’s no secret why: TIME: Most Sunday Schools don’t get around to teaching … Continue reading

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A Wake-up Call to Parents

Dear Moms and Dads, When your kids grow up, leave the church, and later on don’t take your grandchildren to church*, please do not blame the church. Instead, look in the mirror for part of the problem. I’m 99.9% sure your … Continue reading

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Sunday School in Decline? (Nope)

Google “Sunday School in Decline” and you’ll see some articles decrying the “decline.” But according to a Barna Survey, it’s not true. In fact, Sunday School attendance has increased ever so slightly across America from 1991 to 2006, and kept pace … Continue reading

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Top Ten Reasons to Teach Sunday School

Here are my Top Ten Reasons to Teach Sunday School… (with apologies to David Letterman.)   Right click to save.  

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Boys (and Men) in Church

Recently I wrote a short piece about the importance of appealing to BOYS in Sunday School. It’s no secret:  as boys get older, their Sunday School drop-out rate significantly out-paces that of the girls.  The only real debate is “why” … Continue reading

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Special Needs Kids and Computers

Every month I get calls and emails from the parents and teachers of “special needs” kids asking about our software. They want their kids to thrive in Sunday School, but the classrooms and volunteer teachers are often not equipped to … Continue reading

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Blue eyes in the Bible, and other misconceptions

The germ of this article started years ago when a teacher complained about a video depicting a “white-looking Jesus with blue eyes“.  What is Jesus “supposed” to look like? A few years ago, an anthropologist came up with this “likely … Continue reading

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Teaching with Bible Maps

Long time computer lab and Rotation Model fans know how much I LOVE good classroom resources, –including those we can put on our walls. “BEIGE PAINT AND BLANK WALLS ARE NOT TEACHING TOOLS”.  It’s important to keep our teaching visuals … Continue reading

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A Bible Plug-in for our Brains

 Neil’s “Bible Snapshot”… Sunday School as a “Bible plug-in”   Recently I posted about the importance of explaining “What Sunday School is”, as many don’t seem to believe in it anymore. Sunday School has a P.R. problem. See my “tree” post … Continue reading

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Sunday School is a Tree

“Sunday School is a tree.” That is what I’ve finally concluded after all these years of trying to explain what Sunday School is to people in a way that was simple, imaginative, and yet profoundly true. Sunday School is the tree Zaccheus climbed … Continue reading

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Mike Yaconelli’s Broadside on Youth Ministry

I’ve just posted an article about the failure of youth ministry that I’ve been sitting on for a number of years. I didn’t write it. It was written by Mike Yaconelli, the founder of Youth Specialties and Youth Worker Journal, … Continue reading

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Ten Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

This link takes you to one of the best written pieces about youth ministry I’ve read in a long time: http://kendadean.com/636/what-are-the-top-10-characteristics-of-a-healthy-youth-ministry/ “Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry” I don’t know anything about Kenda Dean, other than she does youth … Continue reading

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