Sunday School is a strategy, a plan for doing the work of the church. Ken Hemphill wrote in Revitalizing the Sunday Morning Dinosaur:
Sunday School must be plugged into a passion for evangelism. Otherwise it will settle into the comfort zone of a maintenance organization. By ignoring the evangelistic potential of the Sunday School, we have reduced Sunday School to a stagnant pool of introverted groups looking primarily to their own needs and interests and ignoring the plight of the unsaved.
The problem with non-evangelistic Sunday Schools is not the program itself; the problem is the failure to use the program as an intentional evangelistic tool. The following are some suggestions for keeping the Sunday School plugged into a passion for evangelism:
- Be sensitive to the spiritual needs of the lost.
- Be trained to share your faith.
- Participate in Outreach Visitation to newcomers and unchurched.
- Adult and Youth teachers should teach an evangelistic lesson monthly.
- Children and Preschool teachers must be sensitive to pupil’s spiritual questions.
- Concentrated prayer for the lost and unchurched.
- Each class sets an annual new member goal to enroll people in Sunday School.
- Provide events and avenues for Sunday School members to invite their lost and unchurched friends to Sunday School.
- Multiply by Starting New Sunday School Classes.
- Build accountability by assigning prospective members to classes for follow-up.
In order for Sunday Schools to be evangelistic, lost people must be present. As we teach God’s word, the Holy Spirit will bring conviction and people will be saved. May our Sunday Schools in Tennessee become increasingly evangelistic and be continually filled with lost relatives, friends, business associates, and strangers.