“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:18 NIV)
Gratitude to God and others in our lives is a way to open our hearts and move us past a focus on self. It allows us to see the big picture and recognize how God and others have made a difference in our lives. We will do well to give thanks to God and persons who have mentored us. Here are a few thoughts on how to do that:
SS Directors, give thanks to your teachers. The teachers are missionaries and disciple makers. This is a good time of the year to send them a thank you card to let them know how important they are in molding lives. Send them a card in the next couple of weeks.
Ask them how you can be praying for them throughout the year as well as remember their birthdays and other special occasions. Bob Dale once said, “You can’t make a bean plant grow by pulling on it.” Teachers need to know they are important. They are volunteers and sometimes need to see someone appreciates their ministry. You are the care group leader for teachers! Minister to them throughout the year and show them they are important.
Teachers, show appreciation for your outreach director, secretary and care group leaders. This is a good time to send them a thank you card for their ministry. Ask them throughout the year how you can pray for them. Offer words of encouragement for what they do to get people involved in Sunday School/Bible study.
Pastors/Ministers of Education, show appreciation for your SS Director, teachers and other officers in Sunday School/Bible study. You are the one to model the importance of Sunday School/Bible study. Use some of the ways above to thank and pray for your SS workers. It would be good to have one of your regular meals be in honor of your Sunday School/Bible study workers to show appreciation sometime this month as well.