Our staff has recently gone through the process of re-examining our mission statement. During the discussions I was reminded that Sunday School is not program but rather it is a strategy. When Sunday School is viewed as a program the resulting impact on the local church is that Sunday morning becomes the focus and an end in itself. If Sunday School is valued as nothing more than a program the reason for existence becomes the one hour on Sunday morning and the work of the group is centered on that one hour. In other words, all they do is gather for one hour on Sunday.
The reason for having any strategy is that something needs to be accomplished or something wants to be achieved. Sunday School is a strategy and it will only be so when the biblical purpose is understood.
The people that use Sunday School as a strategy have a clear vision of what they are to be and what they want to accomplish.
Sunday School exists to make disciples. Making disciples is accomplished when the Bible is taught for spiritual growth, the Gospel is shared with non-Christians, people know that they are loved, leaders are being produced and new groups are being started.
What are you committed to? If your commitment is to MAKE DISIPLES then that commitment will be demonstrated through the actions of life changing Bible teaching, sharing of the Good News of Jesus, caring for others, reproducing another leader and starting a new class. If you are not doing these then you are not committed to the strategy of Sunday School!
Dr. Tim S. Smith serves as a state missionary with the Georgia Baptist Convention and is the Sunday School/Small Groups Specialist. Visit their website at ssog.gabaptist.org for more information and other resources to aid your Sunday School.