Lost People: Irreducible Minimum #1

Sunday School can and should be the outreach arm of the church. This blog and the next two will examine the irreducible minimums of an evangelistic Sunday School. One of the number one reasons that our Sunday Schools are not seeing evangelistic results is because they are void of lost people. In other words, the first irreducible minimum of an Evangelistic Sunday Schools is lost People.

In David Francis’s newest release, Connect3: The power of One Sunday School Class, he writes, “We actually want members in Sunday School who are not yet believers—people who have yet pledged their allegiance to Jesus.” (Download a copy of this book @ http://www.lifeway.com) He goes on to discuss the importance of allowing lost persons to belong before they believe.

I accepted Christ as an eleven year old boy. I am certainly glad that my parents took me to Sunday School and encourage me to study God’s word before I believed. Shouldn’t we do the same for lost people of any age? Sunday School should be a place where people who are seeking answers to spiritual and life questions can belong. In a group of caring, loving people, they can discover for themselves truth and realize that Christianity makes a difference in the lives of real people.

Two powerful questions for you to ponder:

• What would have to change if Lost People were in our Sunday School Classes?
• What are some ways to get lost people connected to Sunday School?

The great news is that if your Sunday School class is willing to change and invite their lost friends, family, neighbors, relatives, and associates….surveys tell us many will attend. And as the teacher teaches the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will bring conviction and many of these lost friends, family, neighbors, relatives and associates will come to know Christ as Savior and Lord.


About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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4 Responses to Lost People: Irreducible Minimum #1

  1. Chas says:

    At Ridgecrest many years ago, I believe the Sismore’s (sp) let a SS Conf. Someone spoke up pridefully and said, “I don’t have a single lost person in my class.” To which they replied, “I am sorry to hear that.” Today most teachers probably do not have any lost in their class or even know if there are any lost in their class. Classes have become closed fellowship groups with our friends and there is not much of an open door to anyone from the outside. We need to train our teachers to equip their classes to reach out. I believe part of the problem is that we don’t reorganized our classes anymore and everyone is too comfortable with our “little group” and our “close fellowship, or our big class where people come and go without notice. This is a key challenge for today’s SS.

  2. Kelly says:

    Having been away from the pastorate for over ten years now, I have a little hesitation in commenting about something as personal to a church as Sunday School. However, for the last few years, I have noticed a deemphasizing of Sunday School in general. The focus of a lot of churches today is on the hour of worship. I am old enough to remember the days when there were more people in Sunday School than in the worship service. This simply isn’t true anymore. I have to agree with Chas, the Sunday Schools that I have been acquainted with have been happy little groups that are “fine the way we are.” Also, many of the classes that I have been a part of are either bible lessons or discipleship oriented, not evangelistic. I do agree that Sunday School is the evangelistic arm of the church. However, that arm must be much more mobile than in the past. Sunday School may have to happen in a lot of different places,at a lot of different times throughout the week for it to once again become as effective as it once was in reaching people for Christ.

  3. Amen Bro Mark. We are not against Discipleship or disciple making. We just know that you have to protect the intent and the direction of SS if you are ever going to use SS the way it was designed to use

  4. Mike Stover says:

    Great stuff Mark, and I’m glad to see some TBC folks blogging about the work. Keep it up! Thanks to Valerie D. for pointing me to this.

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