About the Toolbox
This page provides Sunday School (discipleship) leaders with an array of tools to use in their ministries and personal spiritual lives.  Content is specific to the ministry context at FBC Garland, but principles and models are transferrable to other church settings as well.


Tools for Preparing Your Return to Sunday School on Campus (Updated 5/25/21)

We have now seen most of our adult Sunday School classes return to meeting on campus as the pandemic's effects recede.  A few are waiting a few more weeks to return, including Amazing Grace (our Special Needs Adults class), which has set a September 5 date for their return.

  • Most COVID protocols have been relaxed, returning us to a "near normal" condition in classrooms.  Face masks are still encouraged in transit between Sunday School and Worship, but are optional once you reach the Worship Center or classroom. We are still observing social distancing.  

  • Hybrid Classroom Option for Adult Classes (click here)
    Many of the returning classes (but not all) are choosing to operate in hybrid form when they return (meeting in person and online concurrently).  This procedure paper outlines all the details related to the hybrid classrom option - conducting classes using Zoom and in-person teaching at the same time. 



FBCG Online Community Access
Click here to get tips and instructions on accessing and using our online community, called First Focus.

Weekly Lesson Supplemental Materials

For leaders using Explore the Bible curriculum, click here to view EXTRA! and various tools and supplemental materials to aid your preparation for teaching adults God's Word this week.  There are also additional links for training videos other extras which can enhance your teaching style, approach, and impact.

For leaders using Bible Studies for Life curriculum, click here to access EXTRA! - an abundance of teaching tips and supplemental materials for this week's lesson.  There is also a video you can send you to your class members as a teaser for this coming Sunday's Bible study lesson.
View the Bible Studies for Life Philosophy, expressed in the Discipleship Pathway by clicking here.

For leaders using The Gospel Project curriculum, click here to view teaching and group leading resources related to these lessons, including:

   1. Articles related to lesson content
   2. Interactive teaching tips
   3. Leader tips videos

Also click here for access to a new resource page exclusively for Gospel Project group leaders.

Curriculum Plan Overviews
The four main Sunday School curriculum series used at FBCG are Explore the Bible, Bible Studies for Life, The Gospel Project, and MasterWork, all created and published by LifeWay Christian Resources.  To view a summary of the scope and sequence of these series, click the links below:

Explore the Bible: click here to view the curriculum plan through 2023.  (Explore the Bible covers the entire Bible over a 9-year period).

Bible Studies for Life: click here to view the curriculum plan through 2022.

The Gospel Project: click here to view the 3-year curriculum plan for the present chronological study of the entire Bible for the period (Fall 2018-Summer 2021).  See the curriculum plan for Fall 2021-Summer 2024 by clicking here.

Masterwork:  click here to view the curriculum plan for this series through Summer 2022.  MasterWork presents both current and classic works of respected Christian authors and leaders in a challenging Bible study format.  

Online Bible Study Tools

  LifeWay's Bible Study Library

Having a digital Bible study tools library at your fingertips is something valuable to every Bible teacher.  LifeWay has assembled a useful set of tools to help you dig deeper as you study God's Word and share it with your class or small group.  Click here to view the library (which is FREE to use).

The Study (provided by Texas Baptists)
Click here for another helpful collection of online Bible study tools, provided FREE by our Texas Baptist friends.

Looking for some fresh ideas on making your Sunday School class more effective?  Check out LifeWay's Groups Ministry website.  It has a number of articles and other resources which you might find helpful for your particular class or group.

Also check out LifeWay's GROUPS MATTER page, where you will find many articles about leading a group, building your group's leader team, and strengthening the ministry your group has - inside and outside the group.

Dr. David Adams from Texas Baptists was our 2021 Adult Sunday School Spring Training Workshop leader.  If you did not get to attend the workshop...or if you simply want to revisit the great ministry reminders he offered, you can click here to access the video recording of the workshop.

Our August 2021 Sunday School Workshop leader for adults was Allan Taylor, until recently the Director of Church Education for LifeWay (2015-2020).  Allan (pictured at left) is presently the Minister of Education for Concord Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN (his home state).  For 23 years, he was the Minister of Education at FBC Woodstock (GA), leading the church to become one of the leading Sunday School churches in America.  Allan is a sought-after conference and seminar leader, emphasizing the foundational strategy of Bible study ministry for fulfilling the Great Commission.  He has authored a number of books, including Sunday School Matters (2018), Sunday School in 4D (2009), and The Six Core Values of Sunday School (2003).   See Allan's newest publication, scheduled for release in September 2021 - The Inspired Teacher.
You can access his teaching and equipping materials at Ember to Blaze Ministries (click here).

If you missed the workshop with Allan Taylor, you can click on the links below to access the teaching handouts and PowerPoint presentations.


In our August 2020 Sunday School Workshop for adult leaders, David Francis (pictured at left) shared principles related to the role of teaching people the Bible - creating community, showing care for people, and reaching out beyond our group members.  You can access the video recording of the training workshop by clicking here.  Many of the principles and practices he shared are in the booklet titled Teacher: Creating Conversational Community.  You can download a FREE PDF copy of the booklet by clicking here. 


David Francis Library of Sunday School Leadership Booklets 
Before retiring in 2019, David served as the National Sunday School Director for LifeWay.  He annually published a booklet for churches and their leaders to use for growing their Sunday School ministries.  (Click on each link below to download a FREE PDF copy.  Training plans and PowerPoint presentations for each book available for FREE download by clicking here)


Ken Braddy Blog

Ken (pictured at left) was the Adult Sunday School Training Workshop leader in August 2019.  His blog has over 1,100 entries on "everything Sunday School."  There is no cost for the blog, and it is searchable by topic, so you don't have to scroll through all the entries to find what you need.  Click on the blog link and check it out!


99 Essential Doctrines
Is doctrine a bad word, an outdated concept, or a dusty topic for irrelevant study?  Far from it!!  Biblical doctrine provides a foundation for what we believe, how we live, and how we distinguish between Truth and error.  Aaron Armstrong has provided a helpful series of short videos on key doctrines from God's Word.  Click here to take a look.  You may want to use these in your own study or in teaching others too.


Renewing Your Sunday School Vision

  In any ministry endeavor, it is easy to fall prey to "vision leak."  Over time, we can lose sight of the vision for our ministry efforts and become ineffective in maintaining the Great Commmission focus of our ministry.  Our friends at LifeWay have provided an excellent article on creating and renewing our Sunday School vision.  Click here to view and read the article.

The Apprentice Plan

  Finding, training, and leading apprentices is a model we find in the life of Jesus (with the disciples).  It is also something every ministry leader should be doing intentionally.  Click here to view the Apprentice Plan suggested for use by Sunday School leaders at every level of leadership.
Adult Sunday School Organization Guide


Ministry with adults in groups can be challenging if we don't have a plan for sharing ministry with others.  Burnout, frustration, and dropout can result if leaders attempt ministry alone. Although there are numerous ways to organize a class for effective ministry, this summary offers a simple plan Sunday School leaders can apply to be more effective in reaching people, teaching people, and ministering to people.

Care Groups as a Strategy


Every adult Sunday School class is encouraged to employ Care Groups as a strategy to keep meaningful connections maintained with all members and prospective members.

To view a plan for launching and sustaining Care Groups in your class, click here.

Resources Recommended by FBCG Sunday School Leaders

The following resources have been recommended by adult Sunday School teachers or directors here at FBC Garland.

Jim Denison Devotional -  https://www.first15.org - a meaningful daily devotion to enrich your walk with the Lord.

E-Sword.net - a free downloadable electronic Bible with many different electronic Bible versions, commentaries, Christian books, maps, dictionaries, and devotionals.  Some versions are copywrighted, such as NASB, and have a fee. 

Criswell Study Bible - recommended for its footnotes in preparation for teaching.

The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary - recommended for its succinct biblical definitions.

Grace to You sermons by John MacArthur - recommended for in-depth insight or and helpful illustrations.



Sunday School Defined

Sunday School is the foundational strategy in a local church for leading people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and for building on-mission Christians through Bible study groups that engage people in evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship.