Wayne Poling, Senior Sunday School Specialist at Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee shares that Sunday School is the foundational strategy in a local church for leading people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and for building on-mission Christians through open Bible study groups that engage people in evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship.
I feel that many churches have lost the understanding of why we have Sunday School. For many churches Sunday School has become a Sunday morning event with no thought given to why we have Sunday School. Some feel that Sunday School is just for the purpose of having Bible study on Sunday morning.
Statistics indicate that if a person is involved in a small group Bible study he is more likely to remain active in the church whereas the person who is not involved in a small group Bible study tends to drop out of church after five years because he has not developed relationships with other Christian believers who can help and encourage him in his journey to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Small group Bible study groups or Sunday School is a vital component of the strategy of the church to accomplish the great commission that Jesus gave to all of His disciples to “Go and make disciples”.
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