Importance of Prospecting and Assimilation to Sunday School Growth

At Sunday School Investigation in Dyersburg, I asked Fred Ward,  pastor of First Baptist Church in Huntington, Hoyt Wilson, pastor of Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Lexingon, and Robert McBroom, pastor of Madison Baptist Church in Jackson, what steps they have done to keep their Sunday School as a growth Strategy for our church.  In this video, Fred shares that he believes constantly prospecting and a strategy for assimilation has been the key to growing his Sunday School.

The late Andy Anderson used to say that a church literately killed itself visiting if all they ever visit is chronic absentees.  Finding prospects ranks right there with finding teachers as too of the biggest obstacles Sunday School must overcome.  I would love to hear answers to these questions:  How are you finding prospects?  How are you creating a Sunday School that has members wanting to invite their friends, neighbors, family, and associates to attend?  What is your church’s strategy for assimilating prospects?  Use the comment field to respond or send me an e-mail at

These three pastors simply are doing the basics.  One of the basics is Identifying and Enrolling Prospects.   For help finding prospects, call my office at the TBC.  Steve Pearson, our Sunday School Evangelism Specialist or myself would be glad to help you.

Sunday School Investigation offers breakout conferences for pastors, ministers of Education, and Sunday School Directors, Preschool, Children, Youth, and Adult leaders.  All but one event  begins at 6:30 and conclude at 9:00 PM.  In Nashville, the event will begin at 9:00 and conclude at Noon.  SSI: TN is requires no advance registration.  These conferences are available thanks to your church’s gifts to the Cooperative Program and participating associations. 

Visit our web site at For each SSI conference location, a complete list of breakouts being offered, directions to the host church, and available publicity items.


About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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