The Basics of Sunday School

Tuesday 10th November, 2009

I get many requests each year for church and associational Sunday School conferences. More than half of the time, the pastor, Sunday School director, or associational leader making the request says, "We just need the basics." I usually try to probe for a further definition of needs. It helps me and other conference leaders if we know as many specific needs as possible in order to customize the training.

Thinking about those conversations set my mind to listing the elements that make up "The Basics." What would you include on the list? Before going farther, press comments below and leave your thoughts; then use the back up key on your browser to get back to this blog post. What would you consider to be an essential for effective Sunday School? Those essentials would make up the basics.

Allow me to share a few thoughts about those basics. The following list is not intended to be comprehensive. In fact, they are just some of the hot topics that are important in effective Sunday School and which could be covered in training conferences:

  • inviting new people,
  • enrolling people,
  • good records,
  • sharing Jesus,
  • caring,
  • starting new classes,
  • enlisting and developing new leaders,
  • praying,
  • meeting needs,
  • serving together,
  • facilitating an encounter with God in His Word,
  • teaching and learning,
  • preparation,
  • planning,
  • organizing to grow,
  • effective space use,
  • and so much more.

What would you add to the list? What other basics would you add. Press Comments below and continue the conversation! Give God your best! Do the basics with all your heart. Be revolutionary!

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