The Sunday School Revolutionary: Year in Review

Thursday 1st January, 2009

Allow me a point of personal privilege. Readers, thank you for making 2008 another record year for The Sunday School Revolutionary! Since the counter was turned on in July of 2006, every month has had more page views (hits) than the same month the year before. That means that 2007 was a record year with 30,296 hits which was exceeded in 2008 with 52,240 hits, an increase of 72.4%. Wow!

There were 282 blog entries written this year. As a result of those posts and previous ones, pages have been viewed in all 50 states and 126 countries with the vast majority in the United States. Here are the top ten countries and top ten states with their respective hits since April 2007:

  Country Hits State Hits
1
United States
71,330
Kentucky
14,879
2
Canada
1,266
Texas
5,060
3
Philippines
747
Georgia
4,187
4
United Kingdom
626
Illinois
3,809
5
Australia
274
North Carolina
3,698
6
South Africa
235
Florida
3,205
7
Jamaica
221
California
2,805
8
Malaysia
210
Tennessee
2,683
9
Singapore
210
Ohio
2,081
10
India
171
New York
2,008


Here are the top 25 posts (and others in any series) for The Sunday School Revolutionary of 2008 along with the number of hits:
1.        Free Training Materials for Sunday School Teachers (585)
2.        Plan Your Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day (564)
3.        Qualifications of a Sunday School Teacher, Part 1 (266)
4.        Presenting a Creative Sunday School Lesson (231)
5.        Pulpit Sunday School Promotion (224)
6.        Qualifications of a Sunday School Teacher, Part 2 (221)
7.        Grow Your Sunday School by Following Up Vacation Bible School (217)
8.        Sticky Sunday School Lessons (190)
9.        Sunday School Invitations (Postcards), Updated (168)
10.        Grow by Increasing Your Sunday School Enrollment (140)
11.        Sunday School Teacher, You Are in Charge of Keeping Your Learners’ Attention! (140)
12.        25 Ways to Recognize Sunday School Workers, Part 2 (132); 25 Ways to Recognize Sunday School Workers, Part 1 (30th, 87); 25 Ways to Recognize Sunday School Workers, Part 3 (35th, 84)
13.        Apply God’s Word Through a Sunday School Project This Thanksgiving (128)
14.        Training Sunday School Teachers for Change (126)
15.        Improve Sunday School Through Evaluation (119)
16.        Opposition to Sunday School Change (118)
17.        The Impact of One Hour of Sunday School (116)
18.        Sunday School Class Growth Is Spelled W-O-R-K, Part 1 (113); Sunday School Class Growth Is Spelled W-O-R-K, Part 2 (41st, 78); Sunday School Class Growth Is Spelled W-O-R-K, Part 3 (50th, 70); Sunday School Class Growth Is Spelled W-O-R-K, Part 4 (133rd, 42); Sunday School Class Growth Is Spelled W-O-R-K, Part 5 (164th, 35); Sunday School Class Growth Is Spelled W-O-R-K, Part 6 (42nd, 78)
19.        Set God-Sized Goals for Sunday School Growth (111)
20.        Essentials of an Effective Weekly Sunday School Workers Meeting (108)
21.        Focus Your Sunday School Lesson Preparation to Make the Most Difference! (104)
22.        Wisely Choosing Sunday School Teaching Methods, Part 1 (103); Wisely Choosing Sunday School Teaching Methods, Part 2 (116th, 48)
23.        What Is Keeping Your Sunday School from Growing? (101)
24.        A Simple Two-Part System for Getting Sunday School Class Ministry Done, Part 1 (100); A Simple Two-Part System for Getting Sunday School Class Ministry Done, Part 2 (28th, 90); A Simple Two-Part System for Getting Sunday School Class Ministry Done, Part 3 (87th, 53); A Simple Two-Part System for Getting Sunday School Class Ministry Done, Part 4 (138th, 40); A Simple Two-Part System for Getting Sunday School Class Ministry Done, Part 5: Early Adjustments (249th, 18)
25.        Plan for Your Sunday School to Grow This Year, Part 1 (99); Plan for Your Sunday School to Grow This Year, Part 2 (155th, 36)

The past year has had many ups and downs. It has been filled with victory and defeat, celebration and grief. And yet the year has given me so much hope for the potential for Sunday School. Many are expressing their desire to give God their best efforts in Sunday School. Many are seeking to learn how to serve effectively as Sunday School leaders. All of us want to reach more people, teach them to apply God's Word, and lead them to live like Jesus in the world. What lies ahead in 2009? Only God knows. He deserves our best. Be revolutionary!

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