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Less than a year after officially receiving a ministry assignment from the Southern Baptist Convention to assist churches with Christian schools, the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention has released the first of its resources for students and teachers.

Scheduled for release from April through early July are eleven new books, including Kingdom Education: God's Plan for Educating Future Generations by Glen Schultz, manager of the board's Christian school and home school section.

Included in the volume are sections on the definition, purpose, and result of kingdom education; the roles of the home, church, and school; and the future of kingdom education.

Schultz said the purpose of the book, scheduled for release June 1, is not to convince every church to start a school, but "to make every Christian aware of God's plan for training children and youth and, then, to motivate them to be sure their children are receiving such an education.

"If we are successful in this effort, it is my sincere belief that the next generation can be trained in such a way that they can go out and turn their world upside down for Christ," he said.

Other books being published this year include:

Character Quest, Vol. 1, student edition, a seventh-grade Bible text, published April 1. With a focus on biblical qualities Christians need to develop, this first semester course is equally appropriate for the Christian school and homeschoolers.

Character Quest, Vol. 2, student edition, second semester material, published May 1.

Character Quest, Vol. 1, teacher edition, includes notes, resources and reproducible materials, published April 1.

Character Quest, Vol. 2, teacher edition, second semester material, published May 1.

Teaching for the Master by Glen Schultz, a professional development resource for teachers. Ten issues, which coincide with the ten-month school year, provide materials for ten teachers, representing a full year of professional in-service materials for less than $10 per teacher. Among topics for the first year are "Influence," "Being Successful," and "Improving Your Authority." Available June 1.

Across the Centuries, volumes for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8, provide teaching guides for timeless children's literature from a Christian perspective. Biographies, historical fiction, animal stories, true-life adventures, allegories, and humor are included. Each contains more than 170 pages of lesson plans and reproducible materials. Grades 1-4, available June 1. Grades 5-8, available June 15.

Storytelling in a Nutshell: A Primer for Storytellers in Christian Education by Maxine Bersch, is a complete guide to storytelling designed for parents, librarians, and educators. Shared secrets from a lifetime of storytelling, along with stories ready for telling and story sources, are included in the book. The book also can serve as a resource for pastors in preparation of children's sermons and for incorporating stories in regular sermon preparation. Available July 1.

Schultz said future resources will include Bible textbooks for students through high school grades. A plan for the coming ten years includes the release of other curricular items in various subject areas.

Resources for Christian schools may be ordered through the Sunday School Board's toll-free customer service number, 1-800-458-2772. Questions about Christian schools issues and materials may be addressed to Schultz at 127 Ninth Ave., N., Nashville, TN 37234-0182.

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