Below, we have included a table showing the different missions lessons that we have written. As we write more, we will update this table to link to them.
Lesson: Feeding the Sheep
Lesson: Where the People Are
Lesson: Lost Sheep of Israel
Lesson: Unwatched Flocks
Lesson: A Shepherd's Priorities
Skit: Missions Marathon I
Lesson: What is a Missionary?
Skit: Missions Marathon II
Lesson: Why Do We Send Missionaries?
Skit: Missions Marathon III
Lesson: What Does a Missionary Do?
Skit: Missions Marathon IV
Lesson: Where Does a Missionary Go?
Skit: Missions Marathon V
Lesson: Who Can Be a Missionary?
|Missionaries Trust God||Missionaries and the Bible||Missionaries Share the Good News||Missionaries and Prayer||Missionaries and Service|
|Goin' Fishin' ||Fishin' Gear ||The Right Bait ||Reel 'em In ||Now What? |
|Training for Missions (Nigeria: Samuel Ngum)||Called, Approved, and Sent (Barnabas and Saul)||Opportunity: Invitation or Contact (South Whitley, IN: Marvin Meeker)||Prayer and Financial Support (Paul)||Preparation and Planning for Missions (Uberlandia, Brazil: Project Timothy)|
|Beautiful Feet ||Credited to Your Account ||The Power of God||God Chose the Weak||Where the People Are |
|2006||What is a Missionary? ||Not Available |
(We used material for which we do not have redistribution rights.)
|Church Planting ||Good News ||Beginning of Our Church |
|2005||None Available. (We used guest speakers this year and have no written lessons to share. Sorry.)|
|2004||Dresden ||Blümberg ||Keyon church ||Keyon practorium ||Vermont |
I want to be clear that we encourage each local church to rewrite or modify the missions lessons each year to use examples from the missions works supported by the local church wherever possible. While the specific missionaries and their particular endeavors are not the point of the lessons, nonetheless we feel it is best to take examples from the missions supported by the local church, for several reasons. For one thing, it makes the examples seem more concrete and
realto the children, especially if some of the missionaries in the examples have visited the church. Showing photographs of the missionaries standing next to people the children know, such as the Pastor or other adults in the church, makes them seem more like real people. Furthermore, even in cases where the missionaries themselves have not visited the church, the children (at least, the ones who attend the church regularly) are still more likely to have heard the names of these missionaries and fields before if they are ones that the church supports, as they may have been mentioned from the pulpit, in Sunday School, at prayer meetings, or various other times. This increased familiarity makes the examples
stickbetter in the mind. Finally, we like to have the offering moneys collected at Bible School go to support a missions work outside the local church. We collect offering at Bible School because we want to teach the concept of giving in a concrete way, but imploring children with offering contests and bucket scales and team competitions, especially in a context like Bible School wherein many of the children are from outside the church, might, if the money were going into the local church, raise questions of motivation. We feel that sending the money to a missions work outside the local church eliminates this concern. By using missionaries that the church supports as examples in the missions lessons, it is possible to correlate one or more of the missions lessons with the project that the offering money will go to support.
With that said, we try in our lessons to teach the concept of missions, and various related concepts that go along with it. Indeed, the details of particular missions concerns tend to change over time so that whatever specific things you might teach children at Bible School now will probably be obsolete by the time the children grow up. It is far more important to teach the children to understand and value missions work in general. Consequently, our missions lessons cover conceptual points, and as such parts of them are sure to be reusable, so that when a local church sets out to write up their own missions lessons for Bible School, it is not necessary to start from scratch. It is our hope that many of these lessons we present here, while they may not be suitable as they stand for use in each local church, may be able to be adapted by other local churches for their own needs.
Lastly, we are aware that these missions lessons are not very polished, compared with some of the other materials.