Indeed it can. The latest Sunday School research tells us that Sunday School done right can still have tremendous impact. And new classes grow faster and reach more people than those classes which have been in existence for more than two years.
Consider beginning a new class with a Teacher, Evangelism Leader, Administrative Leader, Ministry Leader, and Service Leader. Those five individuals, who have been enlisted according to their passion for the work and equipped for their task, will each invite a friend who is not presently attending a Bible Study. This new enthusiasm will get more contagious and those ten will invite a friend. Within 18 to 24 months than class will grow to an average attendance of 20 to 25. Ten of those who have been reached will not have had a personal relationship with Christ and five of those will come to know Christ as their Savior and the class will have the privilege of assisting them in their spiritual growth to mature disciples.
You might be asking, “Does this really work and will it work for me in my church?” It will when you bathe the process in prayer, enlist the people God wants to serve and equip them for service. Yes, they will need continuous nurture and encouragement, but that is part of our responsibility.
Every Adult and Youth class can be a part of helping to start a new class from the existing class. What an exciting opportunity. You will get to reach new people and see them become a part of God’s wonderful family.