My peers and I have been trying to paint a picture and tell a story about what missional Sunday School looks like. My peers are state convention Sunday School directors from all over the United States. In August, we launched a Sunday School blog at www.sundayschoolleader.com. It is off to a great start with lots of hits from all over the nation and world thanks to great contributions from Sunday School practitioners and experts.
This month has been an emphasis on missional Sunday School. I want to include the titles and first few sentences of three posts to entice you to add the Sunday School Leader blog to your list of favorite places on the web. I encourage you to check out the rest of the story for each post by pressing the titles. By pictures, I mean descriptions and by stories I mean experiences that are shared. Check out these posts by my friends, Mark, Dale, and Bob:
Everyone Comes at Christmas! (by Mark Miller)
“Everyone comes at Christmas.” A few years ago, the Sunday School class that I was teaching at the time decided that we needed to do some type of missional activity during the holidays instead of a traditional Christmas party. One of our members with the spiritual gift of service contacted the Assisted Living Home. One Saturday evening the class enjoyed singing carols and giving presents to the residents….
The Missional Sunday School: Living Christ Outside the Norm(by Dale Davenport)
The Missional Sunday School is one where those within the church live out the purpose of Christ by His presence being seen and felt throughout the community. There is a positive convergence of the culture of the people in the community and the collective purpose of the mission of the Church. If this convergence is genuinely spiritual, there will be authentic disciples living out 2 Timothy 2:2, equipping and reproducing others in proclaiming the “Good News” throughout the community and the world….
I’ve forgotten where I heard it first, but I’ve found it to be true: people want to belong before they believe. Lost people want to be a part of a group and have Christian friends, before they accept Jesus.
Ryan was the cable guy who installed my cable TV. I discovered that his wife was in our church. We developed a friendship. He got involved in a young adult class. Sitting at our kitchen table after dinner one night he prayed to receive Christ. He felt like he belonged, then he believed….
How can you use these posts to strengthen your Sunday School? How can you use them to lead your classes to impact your community and world? How can they help your Sunday School become even more missional? The time is short. The need is great. Our Lord deserves our best efforts at impacting the world. Be missional. Be revolutionary!