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Four Areas in Which Sunday School Should Help Parents

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14 NIV)Our culture is rapidly changing. We all know the statistics that the younger the generation, the less they attend church. What are some of the major needs as we try to reach children?

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Sunday School/Bible Study and the Two Year Principle

In Missionary Sunday School, David Francis discusses the Two Year Principle for Sunday School and what to do about it. So what is the Two Year Principle? An adult Sunday School class is highly unlikely to grow past the attendance it achieves in its first two years. The 20 percent principle applies after that. You will gain and lose twenty percent of a class each year. If you have 20 people in the class, you may lose up to four persons and then gain up to four new persons. So why is all of this significant?  

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Discovering the Resurrected Lord

How are you encouraging class members to share what God is doing in their lives? Mike Breen, in Building a Discipling Culture, calls these “Kairos moments.” Some prefer calling them Kingdom moments. These are moments when we stop and observe something good or bad and begin reflecting upon what God wants us to do.

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Picturing a Special Future

John Trent and Gary Smalley wrote a book many years ago that I think every parent, future parent, and Sunday School teacher should read: The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance. I read it years ago, and it helped me in my personal life as well as challenged me in ways I failed as a parent.Two of the chapters talk about picturing a special future for your child. Words have a powerful impact upon us. Even our names have the power to mold us.

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