Vision and Sunday School

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)


            For Sunday School to make an impact on your church and your community requires vision and planning. Perhaps you have heard these sayings before: “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail” or “Insanity is doing the same thing you have always done and expecting different results.” When I meet with a pastor or another staff member about their Sunday School/Discipleship, I bring an outline with the following questions:


  1. What is your vision for Sunday School?
  2. Need Balance in Ministry & Programming: Organized Sunday School, Creative Teaching and Ministry (Inreach/Outreach)

Breaking it down:


  1. What leaders do you have to help with vision and training?
  2. Do you have a Sunday School Council to work with the SS Director? Do they meet on a regular basis?  


  1. How creative are your teachers in a learning model?
  2. How do they follow up lessons from the week before?
  3. What tools do you have to help them?
  4. What training is in place to help them?
  5. Are they mentoring a person in the class to start new classes or take over the class?
  6. What are you doing to show appreciation for their ministry?   

Connecting: Outreach/Inreach

  1. How receptive are current classes to new members?  
  2. How inclusive are they in getting their input for ministry?
  3. Do you have care groups?
  4. What visitation program is set up?
  5. Are you using e-mail, facebook and other media sources to reach & teach?
  6. Are you intentionally registering people through special services, worship and other activities/ministries?


  1. Are the classes involved in ongoing service projects?

For your Sunday School to be a transforming process of growth, planning is essential.    

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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2 Responses to Vision and Sunday School

  1. Very good questions for everyone to ask 🙂

  2. tonystopic says:

    Thanks! Questions are always the best place to start.

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