Once in a while, you hear people say that Sunday School had its turn and it’s time to move on to something new and innovative. I’m not against new and innovative. I think we should use the tools God gives us to reach the world for Christ. Internet conferencing, messaging, and smart phones all have their place. What disturbs me are the words better or more effective are usually left out of the discussion. When Sunday School is done right, with excellence and with a missionary purpose, it continues to be a proven and effective way of reaching the lost in our communities, involving the saved in service, and mobilizing the local church for ministry. There are other ways of drawing a crowd or taking a small group of believers deeper in their faith, but I’m talking about a Sunday School organized to think like and function as a missionary. I see it time and time again: Sunday School* (people meeting in a small group for structured Bible study before or after a worship experience) works and works well … if the leaders are willing to do the work. It is not easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. The future is in our hands.
David Francis, Missionary Sunday School (Nashville: LifeWay Press, 2011); available at LifeWay.com. Used with permission.
David Francis is speaking as part of the All Star Sunday School Training Team. To attend an event, or host an event. seehttp://allstarsundayschool.com/