What to Name a New Adult Sunday School Class?

Friday 11th August, 2006

It is the time of year when many new classes will be begun. In fact, I would challenge every church to begin at least two new classes during the coming twelve months! Just think, with the average potential for each class to grow by 20 in enrollment and 10 in attendance in the next 12-18 months, you could have possibly have 40 enrolled and 20 adults attending each week by the end of the year.  New classes can be magnets for attacting new people and dropouts.

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Anyway, what should you name a new adult class?  There are so many options.  Some churches and classes simply call the class by the age group or gender:  young adults, middle adults, men, women, singles, college & career, 30 something, 40 something, etc.  With multiple departments of adults, some call the classes by numbers and letters, such as Coed 2A. Sometimes the numbers run from youngest to oldest and sometimes vice versa.

I have seen classes named simply after the teacher, such as Ron's class or the Williams class. I have seen classes named after biblical characters such as David, Solomon, Peter, Paul, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, etc. I have seen classes named after missionaries of the past and present. Or how about the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control? Have you considered Greek words, like Agape, Koinonia, etc. There have been classes named after Saints of church history and even of those of that church.

Options are endless. Whatever you name the class, though, also list the age group so your greeters can know where to take prospects when they show up at your church. Otherwise you may have an experience like my wife and I had.  We were visiting a church and were taken by the greeters to the 40 Something class.  No one in the class was under 50.  There was an immediate disconnect.  Leave me comments below about other potential class names or additional categories of names for your revolutionary class!

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