Like any other ministry, for Sunday School to be strong and effective, it requires planning and implementation. When I meet with Pastors and SS Directors, I begin with a checklist of questions. Perhaps a good way for you to check the health of your Sunday School is to gather your SS leaders and answer the following:
- What is your vision for Sunday School? (Remember “Start with Why”.)
- Need Balance in Ministry & Programming- Breaking it down:
- What leaders do you have to help with vision and training? (It is best to have a representative from the age groups to form a team to assist.)
- How creative are your teachers?
- How do they follow up lessons from the week before?
- What tools do you have to help them?
- What training is in place to help them?
- Are they mentoring a person in the class to start new classes or take over the class?
- Do you have a teacher appreciation?
- Do you have care groups?
- What visitation program is set up to reach prospects?
- Are you using e-mail, facebook and other media sources?
- Are you intentionally registering people through special services, worship and other activities/ministries?
- Do you have a system of recognition for classes? (Highlight a class a month in your worship bulletin.)
- How receptive are current classes to new members? (Language)
- How inclusive are they in getting their input for ministry?
- Are the classes involved in service projects? (Every class from grade school on should have an ongoing service project.)
Consider these questions as a start for strategic planning and a healthier Sunday School.