87.5% of Vibrant Churches Use Sunday School

The words “Sunday School” cause people to react in different ways.  Some people have fond memories of their experiences in Sunday School – a favorite classroom, a beloved teacher, a lesson that really made an impact on them.  Other people may have different ideas about Sunday School.  They may associate it with boring lessons, or something that “their parents’ church” does.  Sunday School has gotten a bad reputation among some people, and that’s too bad. Sunday School is the most powerful ministry for teaching God’s Word, assimilating people into the church, and for mobilizing people for ministry.  And the research proves it!  Have you given up on Sunday School?  Don’t.  Keep reading and learn what’s happening in vibrant churches.

David Francis, Director of Sunday School at LifeWay Christian Resources, conducted a survey of the 400 vibrant churches that were surveyed for the book, Simple Church.  He was able to gather data on 94% of the vibrant churches (a vibrant church was identified as one that had experienced at least 5% growth for 3 consecutive years).  He discovered that 87.5% of those vibrant churches conducted Sunday School adjacent to the worship service on the Sunday morning schedule.

Simple and complex churches utilize Sunday School as a strategy, but HOW they utilize Sunday School differs greatly.  Simple churches are using Sunday School strategically, but complex churches are simply putting on a program.

The research doesn’t lie!  Almost 9 out of 10 vibrant churches have continued to discover the power of Sunday School to teach God’s Word to people of all ages, and to see those people becoming transformed followers of Christ.

If you want your Sunday School to experience new vibrancy, may I recommend my 2019 book, Breathing Life Into Sunday School? It contains 12 essentials for revitalizing your most important ministry.



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