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What Happened To Sunday School? New Barna Group research has identified several significant changes affecting children’s programs: (1) A declining percentage of pastors viewing Sunday School as their top priority. (2) Fewer churches offering Sunday School for children under age 6 or for junior high or high schoolers. (3) More customization of curriculum by churches. (4) Fewer churches offering VBS. (5) A decline in midweek programming for children. Yet, every weekend more than 300,000 churches offer some type of systematic religious instruction in a classroom setting attended by nearly 45 million adults and 22 million youth and children. “The changes facing Sunday School seem to be more about the form—not the function—of Sunday School,” says Barna VP David Kinnaman. It seems churches are moving toward a ‘label-less’ future, e.g. summertime programs, but not necessarily VBS, and Christian education, but not necessarily Sunday School. The most significant part of the changing landscape, however, is the new identity being carved out by Buster pastors and those relatively new in ministry. Although many Buster pastors currently deploy Sunday School programs, they seem open to new methods and approaches and less driven by tradition or program loyalty. Many Buster pastors possess a means-to-an-end perspective about Sunday School and VBS, which suggests the churches they lead, will be more apt to adopt innovations in spiritual training. (Barna Online 7/11/05)
I conducted a personal survey for an evangelism course in seminary, examining the ways people come to faith in Christ. The single most influence in leading people to Christ? By far, it was the parents. Behind parents came pastors, youth pastors, Sunday School teachers, adults of the church. The influence of the adult members of the church upon our youth cannot be over-emphasized. In the Methodist church, we even have it built into our baptismal rituals. Each time a baby or young child is baptized, we all commit together once again to take an active part in their nurture and spiritual growth.
Have you ever thought seriously about your influence upon others? What would be your highs and lows?
How pervasive is the Christian faith in American culture? We know that four out of ten adults read the Bible in a typical week, four out of ten attend a church service, eight out of ten pray to God, two out of ten attend a small group, and one out of four attend a Sunday school class. But what about the Christian media? In our latest survey we found:
· More adults use Christian mass media in a typical month than attend a church service.
· A majority of adults listened to some type of Christian radio programming during the prior month.
· Almost half of all adults watched some type of Christian TV programming during the prior month.
· One-third of all adults read a Christian book other than the Bible in the past month.
Barna Update: July 7, 2002. http://www.barna.org/cgi-bin/PagePressRelease.asp?PressReleaseID=116&Reference=A
A study once disclosed that if both Mom and Dad attend church regularly, 72% of their children remain faithful. If only Dad, 55% remain faithful. If only Mom, 15%. If neither attended regularly, only 6% remain faithful. The statistics speak for themselves--the example of parents and adults is more important than ...
Dr. Harold Freeman, former professor of preaching at SWBTS, tells of a black man who came to Sunday School on a bus and expressed an interest in becoming a Christian. He lived a mile from the church, yet had never heard the name of Jesus. This was in the Bible belt. There are people around us here just like that man. So near, yet so far.
Robert Wuthnow, author of God and Mammon in America states, "The more orthodox the (church) member’s belief and faith, the higher the giving--except among Catholics." (In general Catholic giving lags behind Protestant giving.) He also has discovered very predictable giving increases as a result of certain behavioral changes. Increase attendance from yearly to monthly or from monthly to weekly, increase giving $456. Become regular participants in s Sunday-school class, $1319. Become members of a fellowship group, $762. Hear a sermon about personal finances $537. (God and Mammon In America, 1997)
More than 9 out of every 10 churches offer Sunday school for elementary grades (92%) and adults (91%).(Foster Letter 7/25/05)
We give our different reports of the church in worship service attendance and Sunday school attendance and offerings and contacts made. Wouldn’t it be something if we had a measurement or a chart that would say this week we were up in abounding love. We have increased by seventy percent in love over last week. What if we could measure love? It would tell us so much, because that is the key. That is what Paul is telling them to abound in, is their Christian love. (Philippians 1:9)
How important it is when people come and visit us, just how much they sense this aspect of abounding love. Maybe we cannot...
26% of churches buy Sunday school curriculum from an independent publisher while 52% obtain it from their denomination. (Foster Letter 7/25/05)
Child Care: The nation’s largest childcare providers are the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention with nearly 10,000 childcare centers between them. Since ’97, the number of church-based childcare centers has risen by 26% versus a 19% increase in all U.S childcare centers. Recent research by Child Care Business magazine reveals that on any given day, nearly 1.5 million children attend weekly early childhood programs housed in religious facilities. 24% of all congregations provide daycare for very young children, and 18% offer after-school programs. Nearly 1 out every 6 childcare centers in America is housed in a religious facility. For every 1 child in Sunday School, 8 are enrolled in weekly daycare. The national center for Education Statistics reports that 56% of children ages 3-5 have attended center-based early childhood care and education programs. For children age 4 the rate is 66% and for 5 year-olds its 73%. In ’01, 64% of mothers with preschool-aged children were in the labor force. Of those mothers, 70% worked full-time and 30% part-time. (Church Business 3/03)