One of the challenges facing us in the 21st century is the issue of time. 80% of families have a dual income and are working longer hours just to survive. Parents are involved with their children in extracurricular activities that requires more time than ever. 20% of the adult population works on Sunday. All of these issues must be addressed for Sunday School to move forward. Here is how it is affecting your people and some questions to ponder.
1. With both spouses working and spending more time with extracurricular activities, they are less inclined to make a long term commitment to teach every Sunday.
Have you considered asking people to teach a quarter a year, set up a rotation for teachers in a class?
Have you considered asking them to teach a class that is convenient for their schedule? They may be willing to teach at another time of the week…maybe the away college students by video (Google Plus Circle of friends.)
2. Have you offered classes at other times for those who work on Sunday? This is probably one of the most neglected opportunities we have. Have someone from your church go to the grocery store, police station, fire department and other places people work on Sunday and ask if they would be willing to attend a Bible study at another time. It works best if you build relationships with them first.
3. Have you considered inviting parents with children on traveling teams to lead a Bible study/devotional with the parents and children? You may be surprised at how many Christian parents miss on Sunday and would be open to this possibility.
4. If you are in a commuter community, have you considered using the church van as a commuter van during the week? Some people travel and hour or more to work each day. Would your church see this as a ministry to offer a couple of days a week to use the church van? Is it possible to do a devotional/Bible study one day a week on the van?
The bottom line is: we need new ways for people with busy schedules to delve into God’s Word. What creative way have you tried or are willing to try? Let me know what you are doing. My e-mail is: email@example.com.