Why Is My Sunday School Stuck?

Monday 14th September, 2015
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There are benefits annually for gathering your Sunday School planning team together to evaluate your Sunday School organization and progress. I highly recommend a Sunday School retreat (usually close to the beginning of a new Sunday School year). Doing so helps your team to...
  • look to God for His leadership,
  • celebrate effectiveness and successes,
  • identify unmet goals and areas needing adjustment or improvement,
  • identify and focus on needs and priorities, and
  • set goals and make plans to accomplish those priorities.

Gathering monthly to check on goals, plans, and progress following the retreat usually helps a Sunday School avoid getting stuck. What are some signs your Sunday School may be stuck? Consider the following organizational signs:
  • enrollment has plateaued or declined,
  • attendance has plateaued or declined,
  • enrollment has declined despite a slight attendance increase,
  • attendance has declined despite a slight enrollment increase,
  • fewer classes,
  • fewer teachers,
  • fewer workers assisting teacher,
  • class fellowships and projects are becoming irregular or rare,
  • lack of prayer for Sunday School and lost/unenrolled people,
  • missing or neglected prospect lists,
  • missing or inactive outreach leaders,
  • no or few caring contacts or invitations,
  • lack of planning together, and
  • no Sunday School training.

When Sunday School is stuck, there are often other reasons beyond the organizational signs. There can be attitudinal reasons as well. Consider the following:
  • leaders and/or people are too busy,
  • leaders and/or people don't care,
  • conflict is present,
  • Sunday School is not important (or other things are more important than Sunday School),
  • leaders are not leading,
  • leaders are trying to do the work in their own strength (without God),
  • leaders and/or people are not working together, and
  • the pastor is not a champion of Sunday School.

Are you seeing some (or too many) of these signs in your Sunday School? If so, look for my next blog post, Getting Sunday School Unstuck. In the meantime, for ideas related to moving toward growth in your Sunday School, check out these blog posts:

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