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January 28, 2016, 11:51 AM

Our Sunday School Needs Your Help to Grow

Last week I titled my article “Our Sunday School Needs to Grow”. While I think most pastors would always say that, I mean something different. What I mean to say is that I think our Sunday School is ready to grow this year, and it needs your help to do so. So, how can you help?

We have many people that faithfully attend church services, but for what ever reason have never really got involved in Sunday School. If that is you, the number one way you can help our Sunday School grow is to find a class that works for you. Being involved in a good Sunday School class is the best thing you can do for your spiritual growth. 

After plugging into a Sunday School class, the biggest thing that you can do to help our Sunday School grow is to buy in to your class. We need the whole class to buy in fully. Many times we can think of our class as belonging to the teacher. But, we need to remember that our Sunday School class belongs to all of us. When you realize that you are a part owner in your Sunday School class, you will want to do your part to see it grow. 

Next, your class will need to rally around the Outreach leader the same way your class rallies around the teacher. We have some really good teachers that our classes support really well. Your Outreach Leader will need the same support. They will need help making contacts with missing members. They will need people to help make visits. Fully buying in to your class will mean helping reach out to those that are missing. 

Another big way we can begin to see our Sunday School grow is adopting the Two Week MVP Rule

What is the Two Week MVP Rule? Everyone misses Sunday School from time to time. Vacations, family things, sickness, business, oversleeping, flu season, and out of town blue-grass trips are things that come up from time to time. Missing one week of class is not always a reason to be alarmed. But, missing two weeks in a row means that we need to make contact by either Mail, a Visit, or a Phone call. You've been sick for two weeks, can we help you? We know you are still out of town, we are thinking about you and hope you are having a good time. Life is really busy right now? We just want to provide some encouragement. Those contacts do two things. First, they show people how important they are to the class. Second, they remind people how important the class is to them. 

Lastly, one of the best ways your class can completely buy in is to make parties a priority. I know that life is busy and that it is hard to get everyone together. But, class parties provide an opportunity for classes to enjoy Christian fellowship. Christian Fellowship is very undervalued in our fast paced world. Fellowship creates bonds that connect us on a deeper and more personal level. It is those bonds that we rely on in the toughest moments of life. It is those bonds that we reach for when we celebrate the greatest moments of life. Because if this, I believe that class parties are as crucial a part of Sunday School as the lesson. If our purpose is to grow closer to God, together; then class parties provide an opportunity to strengthen the “together” aspect. I would like to see classes make it a point to do something together at least once a quarter. I know it is hard when we are all so busy, but I think it is important.

We always make time for those things that are most important. I believe that being fully plugged in to a Sunday School class is one of the most important things you can do for your spiritual life. 

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