Over the next year I have decided to use my blog to chronicle the process of building the Sunday School ministry within the church where we are currently serving. While the entries will not be daily, I intend to make them on a regular basis. It is my firm belief that when a Sunday School ministry is built correctly and is the foundation of the church, God is glorified, problems in the church are few, the gospel is shared on a regular basis, both physical and spiritual needs are met, worship is meaningful, true disciples are made and there is never a shortage of leaders.
After several meetings with the pastor it is clear we are both on the same page on just about everything, especially leadership and Sunday School. He prayed about us coming to the church and we prayed about it as well. After attending worship services at the church we met with the Church Council to further explain what our ministry is about and to answer any questions they had. It was decided that we could help the church so the following Sunday the pastor publicly announced us. I will be serving as the Sunday School Director.
The pastor and I communicate on a regular basis and one of the things I had mentioned to him that is a normal practice of ours when coming to a new church is to begin forming relationships with the people. We have been to dinner with two couples in the church so far and another is planned for this week. My wife is meeting the pastor's wife for lunch this week and I have already been to lunch a couple of times with the pastor.
We have been here now for about four weeks and last week I became the Men's Sunday School class teacher. This was a move agreed upon by all parties. The seating in the class was set-up with four rows of church pews as seating and a lectern up front for the teacher. Before teaching last Sunday I moved the lectern out and brought in padded chairs and arranged them in a circle. I like it when everyone can see each other and it also works better for class participation, which I encourage.
Here is where we are starting from: one adult ladies class, one adult men's class, one children's class (5 years to 5th grade), one youth class (6th to 12th grade), and a nursery class (infant-4 years). No records are being kept presently, so there is no accurate record on attendance. Our first Leadership (teacher's) meeting will take place this Sunday right after the service where we will provide lunch and childcare. This will be mostly introductory and a vision of the importance of Sunday School and where we are going. Class rolls have been created and will be included with a teacher packet which will be given to all teachers. It will also include Visitor/New Member Cards (which are non-existent currently). My best guess is there around 55 attending the church.
The church just began a new ministry a few weeks ago that I think is a great idea; they sponsored a baseball team. The children's minister here is the coach and another gentleman who helps out in the children's ministry is helping him as well. I can already see outreach ideas popping up for this one!
One of the gentlemen who was in the Men's SS Class the week before I started teaching was absent last week so I asked the Pastor if he would like to join me on a visit to the man's house Tuesday night, which he did. He is planning on being there Sunday. I also spoke to another gentleman Wednesday night who has been coming to church but not to SS and asked him to join us on Sunday morning which he said he would. I believe my first Sunday to teach we had a total of nine in the class.
There is currently no women's ministry at the church, but I have spoken to the pastor about this and how this is where Denise's heart is. He is definitely in favor of starting this up and will speak with the Church Council soon.
We have no set/standard curriculum for SS but that will be changing soon as well.