In Part 1, I began sharing some thinking about the potential impact of the discipleship tool of the Sunday School. I suggested that thinking should focus on what Sunday School can do to impact one disciple. Then I shared several questions about Sunday School impacting a disciple named Ken or Kendra. Check out Part 1 for those questions.
In Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5, thinking continued about Sunday School’s impact on discipleship in these eight ways: with God, God’s Word, each other, questions, application, casual conversation, accountability, and intentionality. There are many more ways Sunday School can impact the discipleship of Ken/Kendra. Think about two more:
- SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES. Sunday School classes are great communities to experiment with and practice a variety of spiritual disciplines. While not every specific spiritual discipline fits every believer, classes can practice multiple disciplines in the course of the year in class and away from class. This can enable Ken/Kendra to find disciplines which are more comfortable and yet challenging. I know people who love journaling and others who hate it. One individual tried journaling and could only get it to work for him when his journaling was on his laptop. There are many spiritual disciplines. When Ken/Kendra grow in their relationship with God, the class benefits. See the blog posts listed below for more ideas.
- GOALS. Why not use positive peer pressure to your advantage? Negotiate some goals. Challenge Ken/Kendra to stretch themselves as disciples. Challenge him/her to read the Bible through this year. Challenge him/her to pray ten minutes per day. Challenge Ken/Kendra to serve someone this week. Lead him/her to set goals about practicing one of the fruit of the Spirit. Lead him/her to do something for one of the least of these. Assess the discipleship Ken/Kendra and/or of the class and set corporate or personal goals to grow over the next quarter. Check up on Ken/Kendra’s goals and discipleship progress.
What else would you add to these two ways? What else would you add beyond these two ways? There are so many ways that Sunday School can be a tool for discipleship in Ken/Kendra’s life. Use it. Be revolutionary!