Welcome, teachers! Thank you for all you do as a Sunday school teacher, elementary school teacher, pastor, staff minister, or parent who shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with children!
You’ll find below some simple lessons to help you talk with your students about the public ministry . . . and about Martin Luther College, which exists to prepare people for the public ministry.
We call it Project Elijah.
Remember God’s prophet Elijah—raising the widow’s son, calling down fire from heaven, parting the Jordan, going to heaven in a whirlwind? Please consider yourself an Elijah. God is working miracles through the Word you share! And right there, in your classroom, may be a few Elishas, little prophets-in-training, ready to take the mantle, to pick up your cloak and follow in your footsteps.
Let’s all pray for that! Let’s ask God to inspire some of your students to consider becoming a pastor, teacher, or staff minister. Perhaps something in these stories, discussions, and activities . . . perhaps some little word from you . . . will cause them to pause and ponder doing just that.
“Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. . . . Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him.” 2 King 2
*Lessons for K-2 are written by Susan Gurgel (2022), and lessons for 3-5 and 6-8 are adapted from Who Will Go? Recruitment for the Public Ministry by Laurie Gauger and Heidi Schoof (2003). Lesson reviewer is Professor Dan Balge. “Project Elijah” logo is by Jim Julian. Website and copy master design are by Leah Matzke. Coloring book is by Anna Biedenbender.
All lesson materials are available below as downloadable PDFs.
Sunday school teachers, these lessons will work for you as well! Use all four lessons on four consecutive Sundays. Or, if you only have one Sunday to devote to recruitment for the public ministry, take your pick of the narratives and activities. See below for recommended options: