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Hi Melissa,

I'm encouraged by your focus on stewardship.  This Sunday we'll be completing a three-week stewarship series developed by Robert Heerspink, called "The Joy of Generosity" (Reformed Worship, March 2001), which has been helpful.  Yes, it's interesting how infrequent we talk about this subject.  And I'm also guilty of avoiding it.  But as one author reminded me recently, giving is data that must be analyzed.  If nothing else, this study has challenged me to give more, which is a good thing!

With Gratitude,

Leon H. Johnston

Wolf Creek Community Church

Hello Rev. Tamminga,

Thank you for writing this essay.  I appreciated the reminder that loneliness shows no favoritism.  And that we all benefit from elder (or pastor) visits.  I feel increasingly called to make more of these visits as a pastor.  And in doing so, I hope to encourage a culture of visiting in my congregation.

Have a blessed Lenten journey,

Leon

Hello Jolanda,

Thank you for writing yet another interesting and encouraging article about the teaching ministry. 

I agree: January is a good time to make course corrections--to learn from the first "semester" of Sunday School and improve things for the second "semester." 

May the Lord continue to bless our Sunday School teachers and students. 

And may he also bless your teaching ministry!

Leon

Hi Jolanda,

Thank you for sharing this Sunday School evaluation tool.  It looks very helpful.  I will aim to use it this year as we debrief the SS program and dream about the future. 

Peace to you!

Leon

Hi Jolanda,

You may recall that you passed on your Fath Nurture litany to me recently. I'm pleased to report that it worked very well and our Sunday School commissioning was very blessed--thanks be to God!  Thank you for your help.

Peace to you,

Leon

Leon Johnston on April 27, 2013

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Hi Doug,

Thanks for the reply and for passing on your ideas.  Great use of technology to record articles.  Well done!  I'm not as "high-tech" as you, but I do use Evernote a fair bit and find it helpful. 

Peace to you,

Leon

Leon Johnston on May 25, 2013

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Hi Jolanda,

Hope you're doing well! Blessed Pentecost!

I thought you might be encouraged to know that we recently debriefed the Sunday School ministry at our church.  Happily, the Lord really blessed this meeting!  We debriefed the year and focused on what went well and what didn't, and how we can improve.  Then we sought to become more unified in terms of direction and curriculum.  I'm thankful at how this meeting turned out--thanks be to God!

Thank you for your guidance!

--Leon

Leon Johnston on June 4, 2013

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Hello,

We try to keep our pre-school Sunday School going all year around, but not the older students.  But the only way we've managed to keep it going thus far is to ask parents to volunteer, so usually not every Sunday gets covered.  But it's a good way to get parents more engaged in the Sunday School ministry.

--Leon

Leon Johnston on February 15, 2013

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Hi Jolanda,

Thank you so much for the guidance.  I look forward to exploring those resources to discern how to best mentor our Sunday School teachers.  I'm probably going to suggest that we conduct a workshop early next fall and incorporate some of these ideas.  We've also found mentoring to be helpful, although sometimes it is hard to find one teacher for each group, let alone having these teachers mentor others.  I really like the idea of developing a vision for teaching (or a philosophy of teaching ministry), and I think we really need to do that.

Again, thank you so much for the guidance.  Perhaps I'll be in touch with you with more questions/comments after I review the resources you sent.

Peace to you!

--Leon

Leon Johnston on February 16, 2013

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Hello again, Jolanda:

Thanks again for your response.  I just browsed through the resources you suggested for training Sunday School teachers and the materials for visioning.  They all look very helpful, and I will aim to use some of them in the future.  I think my next step is to meet with the chairperson of our Education Team and cast a vision for a debriefing meeting this spring to evaluate our year, and a visioning/training session in the early fall, when we're gearing up for the new teaching year. 

Thanks again for your support and guidance. 

Peace of Christ,

Leon

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Hi Jolanda,

Glad you asked this question, as this is what I'm thinking about tonight!  We plan to have a short commissioning service for Sunday School this Sunday morning, so I was wondering if you had a short litany that we could use as a prayer of invocation and blessing on our children and teachers.  If you have anything on hand, I would really appreciate receiving it. 

Thank you kindly--and may the Lord continue to bless your teaching ministry!

--Leon

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Leon Johnston on September 4, 2013

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Hello Jolanda,

Thank you for your prompt reply!  And thank you for passing on your commissioning litany.  I love it! 

May I please adapt yours slightly for our purposes this Sunday? 

Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragment!

Peace of Christ!

--Leon

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