Part Two of A Case for Large Sunday School Classes. David Francis states in his newest book Great Expectations that Expect Classes to Reproduce. In this blog, one Al McFarland shares his thoughts on this important expectation. Al teaches a class that has a range of ages from 20-60 years of age. The class also has a mixture of Single Adults, Couples, and Spouses attending by themselves. I am sharing excerpts of his response with his permission. I am going to add a few comments and bold a few points.
I do believe in the small class but sometime large classes happen. These classes can be a positive impact on the life of the church.
One of the greatest joys I have had is what happens in August during the past two years. During the summer months, I began to share with the class that we are not here to sit in chairs but for service. They need to pray about serving in Sunday School, AWANA, AMPED or other areas of the church.
In 2009 the class averaged 34 in attendance with a high attendance of 45. That year we had 17 new teachers sign up to teach Sunday School. Some of them had never taught before. We also had 7 sign up to work in the AWANA/AMPED programs. Many of the teachers also did double duty in AWANA/ AMPED.
This year 2010 the class averaged 38 in attendance and a high attendance of 51. This year we had 23 teachers sign up to teach Sunday School. Again some are teaching for the first time. We had 5 sign up to work in AWANA/AMPED programs. Theclass has many teachers doing double duty again.
Of the 17 teachers that signed up last year 12 are still teaching this year.
My goal is not to have the largest class or build a mini church within the church. I encourage guests to visit and check out other adult class and then plug in to the class that fits them.
I believe that Al certainly makes a case for Larger Sunday School Classes. I am thrilled to hear of classes of all sizes are making a difference in the lives of people and that people are growing in their faith and using their gifts to serve the Lord in the church and in the community.