There are so many reasons that Sunday School is a great gift. According to Andy Anderson, a person is 114 times more likely to accept Jesus Christ through attending Sunday School over twelve months than through worship attendance alone. For ideas, check out Ways Sunday School Can Help Increase Baptisms. What better gift could you give than the gift of salvation?
Besides that, Sunday School is a great place to learn to understand and apply God’s Word. It is a safe place to ask questions, to be honest, and to get the help you need. Attenders learn about the Bible, each other, God, and how to live for Him. Revolutionary teachers get to know learners and their learning styles. These teachers add impact to teaching-learning experiences by using teaching methods to address those learning styles and by involving learners. This leads to learning experiences that are fun and have impact! When learners encounter God in Bible study, lives are changed. For ideas, check out Pray, Plan, and Prepare to Teach Sunday School for Lives to Change, Part 1, Pray, Plan, and Prepare to Teach Sunday School for Lives to Change, Part 2, and Five Practices of Life-Changing Small Groups. Life-change is a great gift to give!
And great friendships are made through Sunday School. They are made through interaction in class, through fellowships, serving together, and experiencing life together. Sunday School tends to develop friends you can count on in times of life’s stress and difficulty. Today the world is hungry for this kind of relationships. For ideas, check out Best Friends in Sunday School, Ways Sunday School Can Encourage Friendship-Development, and Ideas for Making Friends Through the Adult Sunday School Class. Friendships makes Sunday School a great gift to give!
All of the above contributes to what makes Sunday School a great gift. And all of the above contributes to what helps people stay connected. Thom Rainer’s research has shown that new members are more than six times as likely to still be in church five years later if they get involved in a Sunday School class. It is rewarding. It meet needs. For ideas, check out Measures of Assimilation in an Adult Sunday School Class, Balancing First Impression and Connection in Sunday School, The Big Four to Be a Sticky Sunday School Class, Part 1, The Big Four to Be a Sticky Sunday School Class, Part 2, and Diagnosing Your Sunday School’s Assimilation of New Members. Sunday School connects and is a great gift.
Let’s work together to make Sunday School the great gift that it can be. Let’s pray and prepare and invite. Let’s give our best effort to God through Sunday School. Build up the gift. Tell others about Sunday School. Let them know how it has impacted you. Share the benefits. Share the gift. Be revolutionary!
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