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Title: Sunday School Adults

Compiled by Ed Gilman
Adult Sunday School Work
Adult Sunday School Leadership Job Descriptions
Division Director
  • Coordinate the work of the Adult
    Sunday School where there are
    two or more adult
  • Discover training needs and plan training
    opportunities in conjunction with the Sunday
    School Director.
  • Participate in outreach efforts, planning
    meetings, and Bible study groups.

Department Director
  • Discover and enlist other department leaders.
  • Monitor the process of assimilate
    new members.
  • Lead the department period on
    Sunday morning.
  • Lead the planning period for the department at
    worker's meetings.

Department Secretary
  • Be responsible to the Department Director in all
    matters related to department records.
  • Secure reports from class secretaries.
  • Determine ways information from
    records can be used to minister to

  • Be responsible to the Department
    Director or Sunday School Director
    for the total work of the
  • Enlist and train class leaders.
  • Participate in planning sessions, outreach and
    visitation activities, and other special Sunday
    School functions.
  • Prepare needs based lessons.

Class Outreach- Evangelism Leader
  • Responsible to the teacher for the overall
    outreach-evangelism responsibilities of the
  • Lead class to discover and enroll prospects.
  • Assign prospects to class members
  • for outreach and visitation.
  • Maintain a good prospect file for
  • the class.

Class Secretary
  • Responsible to the teacher for compiling and
    reporting class membership records.
  • Give class records to the Department Secretary or
    Sunday School Secretary.

Class Prayer Leader
  • Lead class members to pray for specific needs of
    members and prospects.
  • Communicate prayer needs and special prayer
    emphases to class members.
  • Provide resources to conduct family

Class Fellowship Leader
  • Responsible to the teacher for planning,
    coordinating, and conducting class social events
    and for leading the assimilation process designed
    to involve new members in the life of the class.

Class Care Group Leader
  • Contacting, ministering, cultivating,
    and discipling six to ten
    assigned class members.
  • Encouraging new Christians,
    using appropriate discipling
  • Participating in planning meetings.
  • Participating in the Outreach Program.

How To Keep Adults Coming To Sunday School
Build Family
  • Know the people by name
  • Wear name tags each week
  • Greet everyone warmly
  • No one sits alone
  • Plan social gatherings
  • Encourage personal contacts

Provide Care
  • Organize small ministry groups
  • Include members-in-service
  • Contact members weekly
  • Be sensitive to what is happening in the lives of
    members and prospects
  • Respond immediately to needs
  • Pray daily

Teach Dynamically
  • Be thoroughly prepared
  • Know how your people learn
  • Use interactive experiences
  • Encourage learners
  • Create a good learning environment
  • Use different teaching techniques

Reach Out
  • Be evangelistic
  • Develop a soul-winning mindset
  • Make a commitment to evangelism
  • Mentor class members
  • Be Constant Contact Conscious
  • Discover prospective members
  • Enlist members in outreach
  • GO!

Expand Your Vision
  • Think new classes
  • Set a growth limit on your class
  • Develop your replacement
  • Think families, not just adults
  • Think with a blank sheet of paper
  • Go Beyond the Walls

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Is Your Class Ready To
Start A New Unit/Class?
  • Should your class start a new unit? Check all
    that apply.
  • . The class has too wide an age span (10 or more
  • . There is more than 25 people enrolled in the
  • . Meeting space is filled with members,
    regardless of number enrolled.
  • . Needs are not being met consistently.
  • . Prospects have been found, but there is no
    class to which they can be assigned naturally.
  • . The number of adults in our age group suddenly
    has grown.
  • . New church members arent being enrolled in
    our class.
  • . We have more prospects for our class than we
    have members.

Using A Prospect Fileto Reach Adults
Building The Prospect File
  • Register those who attend worship and/or Sunday
  • Register those who attend special events.
  • Plan events intended to
    discover new people.
  • Watch for new people
    moving into the community.

Maintaining the Prospect File
  • Keep basic information about known prospects in a
    master prospect file.
  • Place information on a prospect assignment form
    for distribution through departments and classes
    to contact teams.
  • Be certain that prospect information is easily
    accessible by visitation teams.

Assigning Contacts
  • Distribute assignments during Sunday School,
    during weekly planning meetings, or during
    visitation preparation.
  • Make assignments for outreach contacts, absentee
    contacts, and ministry visits.
  • Be certain to have enough prospect assignments
    for everyone participating in contact visitation.

Receiving Reports
  • Be certain that a report is
    made on every contact/visit.
  • The written report should contain sufficient
    information to help future visitation teams with
    follow up contacts.
  • Reported information should be included in the
    master prospect file, and included on subsequent
    assignment forms.

Planning For Follow-up
  • Share information about
    the unchurched with FAITH
  • Develop a system so that names of hot prospects
    recycle on a regular basis.
  • Be alert to any needs discovered in prospect
    families, and include that information in the
  • Refer whenever appropriate.

How To Teach Adults
Roles that describe the adult teacher
  • GUIDE The leader is the lesson.
  • This idea is a critical thought for anyone who
    wants to teach in any age group.
  • Your talent, skills, knowledge, giftedness, and
    experience will be meaningless if your life is
    not a compass pointing participants to True
    NorthJesus Christ Himself.

Roles that describe the adult teacher
  • CHANGE AGENT Howard Hendricks has said,
    Your task as a communicator is not to impress
    people, but to impact them not just to convince
    them, but to change them.2
  • All people need to change. You should be
    changing as you study Gods Word just as those
    you teach should change . . Be transformed.
  • How can we know change is taking place? James
    122-25 offers one way to measure change. We must
    become doers of the Word, not merely listeners.
  • - Do you emphasize further study of the
    lesson? . .
  • - Do you emphasize developing a daily quiet
    time? . .
  • - Do you ask for reports on what God has done
    based on a previous Bible study lesson? . .
  • - Do you provide opportunities for learners
    to practice a Bible study lesson through
    ministry and outreach? . .

Roles that describe the adult teacher
  • Discipler You also must be a discipler.
  • Luke states, A student is not above his
    teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will
    be like his teacher (Luke 640).
  • A disciple is a pupil or learner.
  • To be someones disciple suggests
    a total commitment to stay
    close to, learn
    from, and obey the person
    chosen as ones teacher.

Roles that describe the adult teacher
  • Mentor Paul gave some clear instructions to
    his apprentice Timothy And the things you have
    heard me say in the presence of many witnesses
    entrust to reliable men who will also be
    qualified to teach others (2 Tim. 22).
  • Some members you will teach others you may
    disciple. But a select few need you to mentor
    them into leadership roles. They could become
    teachers or might help your class birth a new
  • Right now they are in your class and need
    on-the-job training.
  • If you dont mentor them, who will?

Roles that describe the adult teacher
  • Servant John wrote Whoever serves me must
    follow me and where I am, my servant also will
    be. My Father will honor the one who serves me
    (John 1226).
  • We serve a risen Savior who has invited us to
    serve others on His behalf.
  • He is with us in every class session,
    every leadership
    meeting and every
    ministry and outreach visit our
    members make!

How would you describe . . .
  • . . . an EXCELLENT teaching session?
  • . . . an ENTHUSIASTIC Bible learner?
  • . . . a DYNAMIC Bible Teacher?

We teach adults to bring about changes in . . .
  • Knowledge
  • Understanding
  • Attitude
  • Skill

Its a vicious circle
Building a base for learning by
  • Processing new information.
  • Assimilating new information.
  • Reviewing that which is already known.

Instant Replay
What One Thing have we learned thus far?
People learn by ...
  • No two people learn in exactly the same way.
  • Our teaching needs to address their learning

Auditory Learners
  • Remember what they hear, including their own
  • Remember by talking aloud and through verbal
  • Desire to talk through concepts not understood.
  • Usually are good listeners.

Auditory Learners
  • Verbally express excitement about learning.
  • Remember verbal instructions without writing them
  • Enjoy class discussions and talking with others.
  • Are easily distracted by sound, but also find
    silence distracting.

Auditory Learners
  • Participate in debates, interviews, and panel
  • Advocate the use of story telling to learn a
    moral lesson or truth.
  • Enjoy interesting lectures.
  • Find it difficult to work quietly for extended
    periods of time.
  • Enjoy music activities.

Visual Learners
  • Desire to see words written down.
  • Prefer to see a picture along with something
    being described.
  • Prefer a time line to remember historical events.
  • Prefer written instructions for assignments.
  • Observe all the physical elements of the

Visual Learners
  • Carefully organize their learning materials.
  • Enjoy visually stimulating learning environments.
  • Like to see pictures along with printed content.
  • Remember and understand through diagrams, charts,
    graphs, and maps.

Visual Learners
  • Appreciate multimedia presentations.
  • Enjoy creative writing.
  • Prefer small-group study teams to discuss
  • Study material by reviewing notes and organizing
    information in outline form.
  • Enjoy visual art activities.

Kinesthetic Learners
  • Become physically involved with the subject being
  • Enjoy acting out a situation through dramatic
  • Volunteer to do role play and monologues.
  • Enjoy making something or completing a project.

Kinesthetic Learners
  • Prefer physically handling learning materials.
  • Remember and understand through doing.
  • Take study notes to keep busy, but often do not
    read them.
  • Enjoy using computers.

Kinesthetic Learners
  • Become physically active and enthusiastic about
    what they are doing.
  • Have a hard time sitting still for extended
    periods of time.
  • Like to complete crossword and other kinds of
  • Enjoy hands-on art activities.

How DO they learn?
  • Talk about the unique learning styles of the
    people you teach on Sunday morning.
  • Talk about YOUR learning style.

Instant Replay
What One Other Thing have we learned thus far?
Choosing the Best Teaching Method
  • Listening or Observing Methods
  • Verbal Methods
  • Writing Methods
  • Activity Methods

Learn Biblical Truth
  • Content
  • Concept
  • Context
  • Conduct
  • What does the Bible Passage say?
  • What is the meaning of the Biblical truth from
    the Bible passage?
  • How does the meaning of the biblical truth relate
    to the learners life context?
  • What changes in personal conduct should result
    from applying the Biblical truth?

Developing Contemporary Teaching Styles
  • Study the Scripture thoroughly.
  • Decide what you want to accomplish.
  • Start early.
  • Use your imagination.

Developing Contemporary Teaching Styles
  • Enlist people to help you.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Dont lose the message in the medium.
  • Dont give up.

How Would You Teach . . .
  • 2 Timothy 47
  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished
    the course, I have kept the faith.

Instant Replay
What One Final Thing have we learned today?
Teach With Technology
Weve Come A Long Way Baby!
  • From . . .
  • Flip Charts
  • Black Boards
  • Film Strips
  • Floppy records
  • Flannel Graph
  • To . . .
  • VCRs/DVDs
  • Computers
  • Bible on Tape/CD
  • Voice mail
  • The Internet

US Households with Electronic Products
  • Television 98
  • Home Radios 98
  • Corded Telephones 96
  • VCRs 93
  • Answering Machines 70
  • Cordless Telephones 65
  • CD Players 68
  • Personal computers 55
  • Computer printers 50
  • Camcorders 43
  • Cellular telephones 45
  • Computer CD-ROM 45
  • Modems 52
  • Caller ID devices 30
  • Home fax machines 18
  • Laserdisc players 12

Year 2000
Use Video to Teach
  • Use short clip as a discussion starter.
  • ALWAYS preview clip before using.
  • Select clips from a wide variety of sources,
    including old standards and new movies.
  • Avoid over use.
  • Be sure point is clearly communicated.

From word to image
  • Yesterday, the word was the primary unit of
    cultural currency.
  • Today, the image is the primary unit of cultural
  • The Soul never thinks without a mental picture.
  • What are images?

Major League Baseball
  • What do they deliver?
  • Baseball?
  • No! They deliver . . .
  • An experience!

Use Video to Teach
  • Use short clip as a discussion starter.
  • ALWAYS preview clip before using.
  • Select clips from a wide variety of sources,
    including old standards and new movies.
  • Avoid over use.
  • Be sure point is clearly communicated.

Use the Computer
  • Make presentations more interesting with
  • Study the Bible more effectively on line.
  • Use the Internet as a vast source of information.
  • Use e-mail to communicate.

Use PowerPoint
  • To create interest
  • To focus attention
  • To illustrate a lecture
  • To provide a visual outline

Study the Bible
  • Word search (Concordance)
  • Compare multiple translations
  • On-line Commentaries
  • Make your own notes
  • Export to Word Processor

Search the Internet
  • Lifeway Home Page
  • - Age-group Sites
  • - Denominational Links
  • - Educational
  • Institutions
  • - SBC Agencies
  • - State Conventions
  • - Local Churches

Search the Internet
  • Web Sites
  • - Publishers and Products
  • - Specific interest groups
  • - Christian families
  • - Missionary Prayer needs
  • - Training calendars
  • Online Helps

Use The Internet
  • Set up on-line Bible studies using chat rooms.
  • Post study notes on a web site.
  • Encourage hits by anyone who is interested in
    the study topic.
  • Follow up, follow up, follow up.

Use E-mail
  • To maintain contact
  • To make assignments
  • - For Class Sessions
  • - For Ministry
  • - For Visitation
  • To affirm and encourage

Listen to the Bible
  • Available in variety of translations
  • Excellent for use when . . .
  • - Traveling by automobile
  • - Walking for exercise
  • - Working around the house
  • More flexible than reading

Use Voice-Mail
  • If they have it, use it
  • - Never waste a call
  • - Leave a brief, up-beat message
  • If you have it, use it
  • - Record specific class instructions
  • - Let people know you are doing it

Use Voice-Mail
  • To encourage attendance
  • To promote class/church events
  • - Class Fellowships
  • - Church-wide emphases
  • To share a brief gospel presentation

Teach With Technology
  • Thats where we are
  • People expect more than the same old same old
  • You will find satisfaction in discovering new
    ways to tell the old, old story

Teach With Technology
  • Dont Be Afraid of it!
  • Use it to communicate the Good
  • Find new and creative ways to use it
  • Keep the focus on the message, not the medium

21st Century Sunday School Ministry
Sunday School Ministry
  • Sunday School is the foundational strategy in a
    local church for leading people to faith in the
    Lord Jesus Christ and for building Great
    Commission Christians through Bible study groups
    that engage people in evangelism, discipleship,
    ministry, fellowship, and worship.

Grouping Young Adults
  • 18-24
  • Collegians
  • Young Singles
  • Young Marrieds

Grouping Adults
  • 25-39
  • 40-59
  • 60-74
  • 75 and Up

Maximum Enrollment
  • 25 per class for Single Gender Classes.
  • 35 - 40 per class for Co-Ed Classes.
  • 125 per Department.

Class Leadership
  • Teacher
  • Class Coordinator
  • Apprentice
  • Secretary
  • Team Leaders

Class Team Leader
  • Leads a team assigned to focus attention on the
    work of the class in a specific church function

Worship Team
  • Creates a worshipful atmosphere, leading small
    group worship experiences, and encouraging
    personal worship in home and family settings.

Evangelism Team
  • Creates an atmosphere that encourages unsaved
    people to place their faith in Christ and
    encourages believers to lead others to Christ.
  • In churches using FAITH, members of this team
    should also be on a FAITH Team.

Discipleship Team
  • Creates an atmosphere that encourages believers
    to grow in maturity in Christ.
  • Team members monitor the discipleship needs of
    believers and work with the churchs Discipleship
    Director to provide opportunities focused to
    address those needs.

How to grow in your faith How to live by
faith How to share your faith How to love nasty
Fellowship Team
  • Creates an atmosphere conducive to members
    building relationships with one another.
  • Help new members be assimilated into the
    fellowship of the class and the class team to
    which they are assigned.

Ministry Team
  • Creates an atmosphere in which members and
    prospects can experience direct care and concern
    for lifes needs.
  • Identify and implement ministry and mission
    projects that utilize the gifts and abilities of
    class members.
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