Allan Taylor: what do you expect from your Sunday School?

Expectations are a powerful influence. The great car manufacturer Henry Ford was asked to donate for the construction of a new medical facility. The wealthy industrialist pledged $5,000. The next day the newspaper headlines read, “Henry Ford Contributes $50,000 to the Local Hospital.” The irate Ford was on the phone immediately to complain, stating he had been misunderstood. The fund-raiser said that he would reprint a retraction in the following day’s paper to read, “Henry Ford reduces his donation by $45,000.” Realizing the poor publicity that would result, Mr. Ford agreed to the $50,000 contribution.

We all know the power of expectations. As children we experienced the effect upon us as our parents laid down what they expected. As students, our teachers exercised the power of expectations as revealed by a report card. Employees certainly understand the power of their boss’s expectations. Married people know what their spouse expects.

Expectations are the things we presume should be done, and that is why we expect them. They are part of everyone’s life and should extend to the Sunday School ministry as well. How can we have a Sunday School in HD if people do not know the expectations of Sunday School? Without expectations all we can expect to see is a fuzzy picture of Sunday School. The Sunday School leader should constantly communicate the expectation of reproducing more leaders.

Taylor, Allan (2009-06-01). Sunday School in HD: Sharpening the Focus on What Makes Your Church Healthy (p. 105). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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