Posted: 5/2/17 at 12:00pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)
Remember when most people came to church for Sunday School on Sunday mornings? The time has changed for many reasons. What are you doing to adjust and to help people grow? Sunday School and small group leaders need to consider other times to reach people beyond Sunday morning. Here are some thoughts:
- Other times provide more time for transformation. Many attendees often come in late for Sunday School and leave early. If parents have multiple children, it is hard to get them ready. Some leave early to pick up children for worship, and others head to choir. At the most, teachers have 30 minutes to share the lesson. Many teachers do not get to life application and transformational possibilities. Remember Sunday School is to lead to life transformation and not just Bible knowledge!
- No worries about space. Some churches are outgrowing their space. Since other classes or small groups are happening at other times and places, this is not a problem! They can meet anywhere at any time.
- Reaching new people is easier. There are 40-60 percent of adults who work on Sunday mornings or are involved in sports/extra-curricular activities with their children. Guilting them about not being there Sunday mornings will not work. In fact, you will drive them away. Give them options for small group Bible study at other times. What about members in nursing homes that cannot come? Provide a class during the week for them. You may get unchurched people to come to your house or a restaurant more quickly than they would come to the church on Sunday mornings. Many have done this with great results.
- Community building is easier. Small groups and alternative times for Bible studies give more time and allow other activities to take place. The goal is life transformation. Jesus used everyday life situations to lead to transformation. Having a meal or service opportunity may lend itself to greater transformation and community building.
Times have changed. Are you ready?