This post is from The Carrollton Baptist Association. Please take a look at this great article used with permission from Dan Dockery.
Recently our Association was recognized by Samaritan’s Purse for 15 years of serving as a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child. We were given a beautiful figurine of a boy and girl receiving a shoebox which is now displayed in our office. It was a wonderful recognition and a reminder of how many lives have been touched by your generosity and giving spirit.
Last year I was asked by one of our churches to share about the importance of Sunday School in the overall Ministry of the church. It was a wonderful topic and made me think about all the things I had learned through the years in Sunday School— things like the importance of attendance, giving, reading my Bible each day, inviting people, fellowship, discipleship, evangelism, just to name a few. But then as I thought of the overall purpose I came up with three— Sunday School is what gives the church life; Sunday School is what gives the church purpose; and Sunday School is what gives the church vision.
How does the Sunday School give the church life?
Well Sunday School is where we have the most volunteers that teach, reach, greet, and minister. It’s where we have the most small groups from preschool to adult. It’s where we live life together. It’s where we pray, cry, laugh, and come along side people. It’s not just for an hour a week— it’s daily as we love on those members.
How does the Sunday School give the church purpose?
Matthew 28:18-20 commands us to make disciples. Sunday School is where we help folks grow in Christ! It’s where we help folks not just be members but followers of Christ. We have discovered that if a person does not get involved in a small group/ Sunday School class, they will not be very involved in the life of the church and many will leave after several months. For teachers it’s not a job but a ministry as they shepherd that small group God has placed before them.
How does the Sunday School give the church vision?
Sunday School is where we see beyond the four walls and see our community—preschoolers, children, youth and adults. It helps us be On Mission because as the church’s “largest” mission organization we take the church outside those four walls of our classroom. When we have high attendance campaigns or special Sundays, it gives us a picture of what the church could be. If your church has a growing Sunday School you will have a growing church.