“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality” Romans 12:13 NIV
We often just consider persons in need for social ministry of food, clothing and shelter. In regards to Sunday School/Bible study I want you to consider that every person needs to know God’s Word for salvation and to be better disciples. We have a lot of people who are in the pew for worship and not in Bible study. Why not ask them what they need from a bible study and find out how to improve what you are doing for those who do attend? Here is a survey to help find out what worshippers need and how to improve:
Sunday School Survey
- Do you currently attend Sunday school?
- Did you attend Sunday school regularly sometime in the last five years?
For those of you who are attending SS:
3. What do you like about Sunday school?
4. What can we do to make it better for you?
For those of you who are not attending SS:
5. What would make you more interested in Sunday school?
6. Do you ever plan to attend Sunday school?
7. Does the reason you are not attending have to do with the church or simply your choice not to attend?
For anyone to answer:
- Please list any other comments about Sunday school you want us to know:
My wife and I doubled a Sunday School class/department when we discovered what the needs were. We went from a class that may have 15 to 2 people on a given Sunday to a consistent 15-20 people. The difference was we heard their need!
We moved from one class to two. One class was a traditional Bible study and the second class was focused on need: (a Biblical parenting class for eight weeks, then marriage enrichment…etc.) The difference was they met for breakfast together 15 minutes before class was to start. They spent time together and developed relationships. After the eight weeks of parenting, they stayed and joined the other class. It was expected that each member could choose between the two options, but they were seen (as far as care) as one class. This concept could be used for reaching people in the pews and in the community. The end result was more people in Bible study. Take a chance and survey your congregation and see what their needs are.