What you Believe about Sunday School, determines how you See Sunday School. How you see Sunday School, determines how you Lead Sunday School. Leaders and members primarily view Sunday School in one of three ways. Some churches see their Sunday School as the Evangelism Arm of the church.
My favorite definition of a Sunday School Class is “a TEAM of People on Mission with God.” These groups become more than Bible Study Groups or Connect Groups. They become Missional Groups with the goal of participating in the Kingdom endeavors.
In other to accomplish this goal, the class members become missionaries. The members see their neighborhoods as mission fields. Lost and unchurched friends, neighbors, and business associates are invited to Sunday School. Groups take ownership of reaching out to their targeted age group/life stage and initiates and supports mission and service projects. The lost and unchurched members and friends are encouraged to participate and witness what God is doing. The class follows up on the assigned prospects and guests and participates regularly in the church’s organized outreach program. The class has an evangelistic prayer list and prays by name for lost people. Mission/Service leaders and Evangelism Leaders are enlisted and trained.
Many times leaders fail to lead and they simply point. They allow classes to become engage in many activities but become unbalanced. They fail to keep the main thing the main thing. The goal is to make disciples. Disciples are made by going, baptizing (ministry), and teaching.
If Jesus was your Sunday School teacher what would His number one priority be? Luke 19:10 says “For the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost.” Luke 14:23 says “Go out into the highways and the hedges and compel them to come in.” John 12:47 says “I came not to judge the world but to save the world.” John 10:10 says “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” If Jesus was your Sunday School teacher, your class would be involved in evangelism and missions.
If you see Sunday School as an evangelism arm, lead don’t point.
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