New year’s brings a time for reflection and planning for the upcoming year. Some of the more popular resolutions that people make include spending more time with family and friends, exercising regularly, losing those unwanted pounds, quit smoking, get out of debt, or to learn something new. All of these are worthy goals. In fact, I could definitely benefit from exercising more and eating healthier.
In a conference led by the late Ron Lewis, a church Growth Consultant, he stated, “The difference between growing churches and non-growing churches is simply that growing churches set goals while non-growing churches don’t.” Let me suggest a few new year’s resolutions for your Sunday School:
1. Set goals for growth in enrollment and attendance.
2. Plan to start at least one new adult class.
3. Develop an effective outreach strategy for following up on guests and new members.
4. Contact every member and every prospect every week.
5. Participate in a training event.
6. Connect with your teachers regularly.
7. Spend more time in Bible Study and Lesson Preparation.
These suggestions represent solid principles for growing a strong, healthy Sunday School. Remember most new year’s resolutions don’t last. Change only comes when we become committed to the resolutions and not just interested in it.