Every year around this time we highlight our Sunday school. Coming to church at 9:30 a.m. doesn’t automatically make you a better Christian, but I’m convinced that Sunday school helps our church (you!).
When we went to video services for Covid a couple of years ago, we realized how important teaching is, and how much we were missing by not having Sunday school. We needed the smaller classes, the face-to-face interactions, and the systematic teaching on various topics not always covered the same way through the preaching.
Not only is the teaching important, but the community is, too. Although community is more of a byproduct than a goal of our Sunday school, I believe it is crucial for Christians to interact with other Christians so we can edify and admonish and exhort one another. Our goal is for each class to care for one another, to fellowship together, and to learn together. My goal is for each teacher to help shepherd the class, caring enough about each class member to follow up on absentees, pray for and with them, and try to grow the class both numerically and in the Lord.
No one church leader can do all the teaching, all the caring, all the hospital visits, all the counseling, all the praying, or all the shepherding alone. The Sunday school classes are a beautiful place for the spiritual gifts of many members to be used.
If you are not a part of a class yet, I would encourage you to get plugged in. Come next week at 9:30 a.m. and find a class where you can be involved. -Pastor Ryan