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Elmer Towns: Key ratios to keep your Sunday School growing

The Law of the Teacher

The first of these laws declared there must be 1 Sunday School worker/teacher for every 10 pupils. (Authorities are not agreed whether this means only the teacher, or all support staff,) This percentage of 1 to 10 did not have to apply to every class but reflected an overall Sunday School average. Younger children need more workers, hence their classes are usually smaller with I worker for every 4 or 5 pupils. Fewer workers are necessary in adult classes, hence they can become larger with 12 or 15 pupils in a class. Still, the key is laborers. When Jesus went through the towns and villages, He saw the multitudes and was moved with compassion for them. Then Jesus urged His disciples, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest" (Matt. 9:38, KJV). Sunday School growth begins with the law of the teacher. To increase your Sunday School by 50 in the next few months, begin with a recruitment campaign to enlist 5 new teachers.

The Law of the Class

A second law of Sunday School growth is the law of teaching units. This law stated there should be one teaching center for every 10 pupils. This does not mean one classroom because in some rooms there are three or more teaching centers, especially among the smaller children's departments that use the activity teaching centers. Again, the law of teaching units is a general statement that applies to the total Sunday School. Some adult classes will have 15 or 25 pupils, while children's classes will have 4 or 5 pupils.

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