Here’s a list of tips that can boost your Sunday School attendance and experience. And best of all they’re incredibly easy.
For more tips and information on how to improve your Sunday School better check out: Strategies For Educating African American Adults
12 Steps to Strengthen Your Sunday School
- Recognize the importance of the teachers and leaders. No Sunday School is
better than its leaders and teachers. So encourage the best Sunday School
teachers to serve, as poor-quality and poorly motivated teachers kill the spirit
of the Sunday School. Expect teachers and leaders to be prepared and to give
of their best.
- Keep a strong support system active for all Sunday School leaders and teachers.
Minister to the Sunday School leaders and teachers. Make sure that no
one serves alone, since we are workers together. Minister to the families of
teachers and leaders.
- Provide regular times of training and refreshment for leaders and teachers.
- Make the Sunday School and all of its classes pleasant, relaxed, and enjoyable
places for students to learn. The rooms should be clean and appropriately
decorated to enhance student focus on Christ-centered improvements.
- Use only the best available Sunday School curriculum materials. Do not settle
for what seems easier and simpler, if it is not the best. Invite the board of
Christian education, rather than individual teachers, to prayerfully and carefully
make curriculum decisions.
- Expect leaders and teachers to care about persons through visits, phone calls,
cards, and letters. Consider each class an ICU (intensive care unit).
- Minister to special needs. In every community there are special needs. Minister
to challenges among your day care and nursery children, youth, young
adults, single persons, young married persons, widowed and divorced adults,
parents of teens, midlife adults, and older adults.
- Sharpen leaders’ and teachers’ understanding of whatever is done. Place emphasis
on doing tasks well. Fine-tune leadership activities for maximizing results.
- Plan carefully and give even more attention to carrying out the plans.
- Go tell it on the mountain-with conviction! Promote, publicize, and persuade.
- Minister to the whole person and the family.
- Plan for intergenerational groups. Avoid too much emphasis on age; focus on
needs and concerns instead.
Adapted from Strategies for Teaching African American Adults by Alvin Lewis III
Also recommended: Strategies For Educating African American Children