- Wonderful leadership that has trained, supported, and encouraged me.
- Facilities that were designed with the needs of children in mind.
- A fully supplied classroom and with all the additional teaching resources available.
- A fully staffed classroom—a team of faithful coworkers who shared classroom responsibilities making the load joyfully manageable.
- A single age-group of children to teach in my class, consisting mainly of children from Christian families.
For the first time in 28 years, I am not teaching in children's ministries at our church. It feels very weird to not be teaching, but at the same time, this teaching sabbatical has been very good for me. After all these years, I am discovering just how inexperienced I am. Let me explain. This year, CDG is doing a series of regional conferences called Impact: The Next Generation. One of the privileges I have had during these conferences is meeting with teachers. In hearing their stories and experiences, I have to confess: I've had it easy these past 28 years! You see, for the most part, I have had the following experience: