In the last blog, I discussed the first two characteristics of an evangelistic teachers, the final irreducible minimum of an evangelistic Sunday School. Three additional characteristics of evangelistic teachers:
Evangelistic teachers MINISTERS to the class members and the prospects of his/her class. Sunday school was designed as the outreach arm of the Church but it can also be an incredible tool for ministry. Jesus instructed his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you.”
Evangelistic teachers RELATES to the members of his/her class. He is real to them. He is not off in some ivory palace that they feel they can never attain. He hurts, he gets up-set, he sins and he is forgiven just like them. Teachers, be real.
Evangelistic teachers EVANGELIZES within the ranks of his/her class. Make it a weekly practice to end the class time with a short and simple presentation of the Gospel. Invite visitors and members alike to pray a prayer asking Christ into their life. As people respond, and they will, hook them up with another member of the class. Ask that member to walk down during the invitation with this new believer.
Your class can be an evangelistic Sunday School when lost people are present, members are proactive in being friendly and inclusive, and teachers lead their classes and prepare their lessons in order to be intentional about evangelism. “I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain.” (John 15:16)