Does your Sunday School seem flat? Does it seem like nothing exciting or new is happening in your Sunday School class? I know, every once in awhile your class will have a guest but is it growing? When was the last time you had a new member? How many have you lost because they moved, stopped coming or died?
Sunday School is not broke. Don’t blame the program because you stopped doing the things you know you should be doing. When we ignore problems or simply stop doing the things we know we should do; the result is a flat, declining, low energy class. Sunday School is about people, focused on studying God’s Word together and focused on making a difference in our everyday world that we live in. When we stop doing any of those three things, our class can go flat.
Here are three things you can do that will get your class moving again.
Enroll Someone New – Invite people to come to your class or small group. Offer to enroll them as a member of your group. Don’t just enroll them. Commit to weekly stay in touch with them, care for them and meet their needs. Not everyone you invite will come but I am certain that people will not come unless you invite them. For more help, click here.
Start a New Group or Class – Sometimes existing groups cannot or will not change. When that happens, you have to start fresh with a new group of people. Find 3 or 4 people and create a list of “potential” members of the new class and go after them. Oh, and by the way, it will not be easy. It will take a lot of work. It is exciting to start a new group. It produces a lot of energy and momentum for your class and your church. For more help, click here.
Plan a Fellowship, Bible Study or Ministry Project – Sometimes we need to get together and just have fun together. Some folks like to do a bible study on a specific topic and just visit with each other. Others would rather plan a time to do a special project and meet a specific need in the community. It doesn’t happen unless you plan it. It doesn’t happen unless you put it on your calendar and invite others to join you. Who knows, it might just be the spark your class needs to get back to a healthy group that cares about people, God’s Word and making a difference in our world.
Don’t just sit there; Do Something. Somebody has to start it.
Sean Keith is the Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Sean has free resources available at www.louisianabaptists.org/churchgrowth and www.revseankeith.com. Follow me on twitter @revseankeith.