Teaching Sunday school can be a truly rewarding experience because you are helping a young child to know God and His teachings. This is not something to be taken lightly, and you need to understand how much these children will look up to you. If this sounds like something you are interested in, here is how to become a Sunday school teacher.
Speak with your pastor. He will be able to direct to whoever is overseeing the Sunday School teachers. Usually this is a Children's Ministry director or Youth pastor.
Think about the age range of children you wish to teach. You may want to teach a class that has your own children in it. Or, you may already teach children outside of church, and feel comfortable with the ages you are currently teaching.
Find any available classes to teach on Sundays. If there are no spaces available, perhaps you can ask about teaching on Wednesday nights, if your church has these services. Many churches offer training seminars to help you become an effective teacher.
You may be required to complete a background check. Some churches will require this in order to ensure the safety of their children. Do not be offended if you are asked to complete a check. Most likely every volunteer in your church working with children has had to do the same thing.
Get the book "32 Ways to Become a Great Sunday School Teacher" by Delia Halverson. This book is full of great advice and available training for Sunday school teachers. Look for the link below in the Resources section to read more about this book.
Speak with other teachers and see what they recommend. There are many resources available for Sunday school teachers online, including lesson plans, crafts, and other activities. Find examples below in the Resources section.
Understand that most Sunday school teachers are volunteers. This gifted group of people give their time freely only to help our youth grow up knowing God and the principles of the Bible. Make sure you are doing it for the love of children and not for your personal recognition.
Attend different children's Sunday school classes, if possible, to get a better understand of what occurs in a child's class. This will give you great insight to what is expected of teachers, and how to keep the children interested in various activities that teach Bible lessons.