Sunday School classes are, in many respects, families within the larger church family. Classes should be places where people feel they belong and are cared for, where people grow as the Bible is taught, and where people have an opportunity to serve the Kingdom.
Specifically, the goals of Sunday School include:
Growing in our knowledge of the Scriptures
Bible-centered adult education is expressed in a core curriculum of four components:
Old Testament, New Testament, Doctrine, and Christian Living.
Growing in our love for one another
• Fellowship – Sunday School classes provide environments for sharing lives, concerns, and resources. They are the primary context in our church in which a deeper level of caring and commitment develops. This is best accomplished through intentional fellowship and programs for help and caring for class members and visitors.
• Helps and Needs Ministry – Class members should be aware of the needs in their class and provide help with moving, making visits during hospitalization, or preparing and delivering meals for those who are sick or housebound.
• Assimilation – Sunday School provides a place where visitors can easily get to know others in the church and feel included. This is where they should experience being part of our church family. Be purposeful about greeting visitors and involving them in your class.
Growing in our service to the Kingdom
• Use of Spiritual Gifts – “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10). Members can begin to use their gifts by serving the class through teaching, greeting, visiting those who are ill, and organizing class projects, outreach, and socials.
• Evangelism and World Missions – Classes offer workable sized groups for developing personal involvement of members and families in praying, giving, sending or going functions of missions. Encourage your class to be involved in missions as a group and individually.