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:
- What is your vision for Sunday School?
- Need Balance in Ministry & Programming: Organized Sunday School, Creative Teaching and Ministry (Inreach/Outreach)
Breaking it down:
- What leaders do you have to help with vision and training?
- Do you have a Sunday School Council to work with the SS Director? Do they meet on a regular basis?
- How creative are your teachers in a learning model?
- 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?
- What are you doing to show appreciation for their ministry?
- How receptive are current classes to new members?
- How inclusive are they in getting their input for ministry?
- Do you have care groups?
- What visitation program is set up?
- Are you using e-mail, facebook and other media sources to reach & teach?
- Are you intentionally registering people through special services, worship and other activities/ministries?
- Are the classes involved in ongoing service projects?
For your Sunday School to be a transforming process of growth, planning is essential.