What we teach in Sunday School is important? Paul wrote to Titus about the importance of sound doctrine. He instructed Titus, “But you must speak what is consistent with sound teaching (Titus 2:1).”
In a recent Equipping U Tele-conference, participants discussed this issue of doctrinal integrity. A sample of questions that were addressed dealt included: How do Sunday School leaders know what is being taught? and How do we insure doctrinal accountability?
Since Sunday School is called a school, the contributors largely agreed that in order to know what is being taught the Sunday School leadership team should develop a curriculum policy with a list of approved curriculum. This group would also make decisions when teachers desire to teach a resource that does not appear on the approved curriculum list. Doctrinal accountability begins with a teacher covenant. This covenant would include a statement of agreement to teach based on the approved curriculum and the doctrinal beliefs of the church.
Regular meetings with Sunday School teachers provides a platform for accountability and explores sticky theological issues that will be studied in the upcoming lessons. A sustained program of lifelong learning for teachers should incorporate instruction in Biblical doctrines. This time of instruction could be incorporated in these regular meetings or offered periodically.
In I Timothy, Paul declared, “If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words (I Tim. 6:3).” Sunday School leaders must never shy away from confronting such teachers as Paul describes in order to lovingly guide and exhort them to become sound teachers.
The next Equipping U Tele-conference occurs on December 11. The topic to be discussed is Setting New Year’s Resolutions for Sunday School.