The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


This isn't your mother's Sunday school

Neil McQueen, a Presbyterian pastor, put a techno-friendly spin on Sunday school. His "Sunday School Software" includes interactive video games modeled after Wheel of Fortune and Hangman — a far cry from traditional curriculum.



You can't teach a kid who isn't or doesn't want to be there," McQueen says. "Computers attract kids like no other teaching medium. Unlike just about everything else we do in Christian education, kids immediately want to use computers. There are no bored faces or disengaged attitudes. Thus, the only real challenge is how best to teach with them."

McQueen says one good way to teach is putting two to four students at each computer so they can also discuss the Bible stories. "The thought of one kid in front of a computer with headphones on and no teacher in sight is neither educationally sound, spiritually appropriate nor economically feasible," he said.

Many churches are moving toward the workshop rotation model, a curriculum that incorporates such entrees as art, drama, movies, storytelling and computer time.

For more information, contact Sunday School Software at (800) 678-1948 or (614) 527-8776.


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