Christian Education Committee

Christian Education Committee
Christian Education Committee
Chair - Steve Wray
Session Rep - Steve Wray
    
 
Members: The Christian Education Committee reports directly to the Session.  It consists of two elders, the Director of Youth Programs, the Director of Children’s Programs, a representative from each adult Sunday school class and a parent representative from each of the youth and children’s programs.   

Minimum and target membership level
  • Minimum membership level is (6): one elder, the Director of Youth Programs, the Director of Children’s Programs, and a representative from most of the adult Sunday school classes.(This assumes members fill multiple roles.)
  • Target membership level is (11): two elders, the Director of Youth Programs, the Director of Children’s Programs, and a representative from each adult Sunday school class, and a parent representative from each of the youth and children’s programs.(This assumes members do not fill multiple roles.)
 
Targeted skills needed in their membership
  • A willingness to serve.
  • An investment in our children’s and youth program areas.
  • An understanding of the needs of one of the following Christian Education service areas:Nursery, Toddlers, Children’s or Youth Sunday Schools, or Adult Sunday School.
  • A minimum of one parent of a child active in the youth programs.
  • A minimum of one parent of a child active in the children’s programs.
  • Each member active in at least one church activity outside of Sunday worship.
     
Leadership Roles:
  • Chairman:  Leads the committee, sets the meeting agenda, ensures teh meeting minutes are distributed, and ensures teh elders upoorting the committee are prepared to discuss topics needing to be brought to the Session.
  • Vice Chairman: Leads the committee in the absence of the chairman, prepares to assume committee chairmanship the following year.
  • Secretary:  Prepares minutes of committee meetings

Mission Statement: The Christian Education Committee: glorifies God, invites all into a relationship with Christ, provides opportunities to grow in faith, and serves Christ; by providing support and guidance to the Sunday School Classes, Youth Programs, and Children’s Programs.
 
Meeting Frequency: The Christian Education Committee meets 10 times a year (monthly except for June and December). 

Committee Responsibilities:
  • Sunday School (approval of curriculum for adult classes, approval or curriculum for youth and children’s classes, and budgeting for materials and supplies)
  • Vacation Bible School (approval of curriculum, budgeting for materials and supplies, and assisting in volunteerism (teachers, helpers, food, crafts, parking, …))
  • Youth Groups (Jr High, Sr High, and College (when home)), (Standards of Conduct, Discipline issues), (30-hour Famine, Reach, preparation support, budget, early-registration, funding)
  • Family Ministry Programs (Crossroads advocate, Kid’s Grow advocate, Trunk or Treat, budget materials and supplies)
  • Camps and Conferences (Summer Camp (Grace Bible Camp), registration, budgeting for camperships (per capita and needs based), transportation)
  • Confirmation Classes (Coordination with Bruce for youth and adult (Inquirers) classes)
  • Children’s Music (Alleluia Company and Street Crew, budget and supplies)
  • Children’s Church Programs (Little Kids Street, Kid’s Street)
  • Christian Education Budget (Budget for books, references, youth, children’s)(Budget for 3rd graders’ Bibles and graduating seniors’ Bibles)(Budget for all of the items CE is responsible for)
  • Bible for rising 3rd Graders (Scheduling time in the worship service)
  • Graduating Senior recognition ceremony and Bible presentation (Scheduling time in the worship service)
  • Rally Day (All support, budget, set-up, cooking, serving, clean-up, etc.)
  • Staff the Nursery


SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFF 
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS
 
Each Sunday School Teacher has the special responsibility of teaching the children, youth and adult members of our congregation, leading toward a saving knowledge of our Lord and a life of discipleship.  Although standard curricula and   educational materials are provided as a means to this end, the Bible and the teacher's own Christian experience must serve as the basis for imparting this knowledge.
 
Qualifications
 
Sunday School teachers must first of all love the Lord Jesus; secondly, love God’s people; and thirdly, desire to pass this love along to others.  The teacher should feel comfortable when speaking before a class, and should be alert to the many needs of that class.  Commitment and dedication are required to prepare each week's lesson.  The Sunday School Teacher's term runs from Rally Day in August, until the following Rally Day the next year, although teachers are encouraged to consider two or three years of service.