Posted: 7/17/18 at 8:40am. Post by Tony Brooks.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
How are you preparing to get people excited about Sunday School and small groups for the fall? Here are some ideas:
Make Sunday School promotion for children special! In past churches, we would give Bibles to children entering first grade. Thanks to another church, we decided to add something else: we would check with former teachers and find a verse that fit each child!
This became a special verse for them. We prepared a laminated bookmark with that verse on it and place it in child’s Bible. We would then use that same verse when they were baptized and again when they graduated from high school! The parents and children loved it.
Consider changing your curriculum to meet current needs. We started new classes geared to the needs of the people: parenting, marriage, finance, etc. People came to worship excited to be in Sunday School/small groups.
Consider changing your branding. Some adults see Sunday School as something exclusively for children and youth. Perhaps using terms like “life groups” in advertising or identifying classes differently would be helpful.
At West Main Baptist Church, they had a class in the fellowship hall called “The Gathering.” Members would invite people to “The Gathering.” It presented an academic look at Bible passages and included food, fellowship, and music they could relate to before the class started.
Kickoff with a competition. At our last church, Katrina and I decided to divide the Sunday School classes evenly in attendance and membership to start a competition. We kicked it off with a breakfast. I represented His Majesty’s Sunday School Agents and was dressed up as James Bond. She represented Mission is Possible with God. (This was when a new Mission Impossible movie was coming out, as another one is this year!)
- We had a recorded message that introduced the challenge: if you choose to accept it…
- Members would get one point for being in class.
- Three points were given to the class for each visitor who came.
- One point was given for every contact made to invite others.
- We had five multiple choice questions for each class about Bible passages to do at the beginning. Each one was worth one point. (I was surprised that the older adult classes loved this!).
- The losing team provided homemade ice cream for the winning team. This was a big success for us.
What are you doing to prepare for this fall?