I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. (I Timothy 1:12 NIV)
1. Show you care. Show up 15 minutes before class. Greet everyone who walks in the door. Spend time getting to know their families and them. Pray for each person each day. Know their birthdays and anniversaries (both wedding and grief) and send them a note by text, call, Facebook, e-mail or a handwritten note.
2. Know their learning styles (e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a learning style inventory.) Care means including them in learning. You need to know each learning style and include their style regularly.
3. Mentor them. We are called to make disciples. Use you gifts and abilities to mentor new teachers as well as what your passions are to invest in others.
4. Be present in times of need. When a crisis comes for a class member, is your class ready to respond? This could be grief situations- provide presence and necessities needed when family arrives. (E-mail me for ideas.) When someone is in the hospital, go visit. You can also e-mail me about ideas to minister to the family.
Bo Prosser taught me years ago that “people go where they know that they have been prepared for and cared for.” How are you caring and preparing for class members?