(This post is part of a series: Going Back to School)

Sunday school is becoming a major component in my student ministry; however, if you read my last post, you would know I placed it on the backburner when it came to other ministries. After coming to terms with accepting Sunday school as a full fledge small group, and learning its purpose was for evangelism, I had to take a step back and figure out how it would work in my ministry. And of course, whenever we re-evaluate our ministries, it never fails that self-evaluation soon follows. I finally came to the conclusion; Sunday school was never the problem, the real problem, was my own personal views I had against it. So here are three myths I had to work through, which I believe, cloud our judgment when it comes to Sunday school.

1. Sunday school is outdated. I will admit the only outdated thing about Sunday school is its name. However, everything else pertaining to it is relevant and can change people’s lives. If you don’t like the name, change it, but don’t buy into the myth your ministry is a relic of the past because it has Sunday school.

2. Church isn’t safe. I can acknowledge there have been plenty of churches over the years that have done some terrible things to encourage this stigma; however, have you ever noticed it’s always a select group of people who do this? I finally decided I wasn’t going to let this small group define church for me anymore, and buy into the myth kids won’t come because it isn’t safe. LET ME MAKE THIS LOUD AND CLEAR: CHURCH IS AS SAFE AS YOU MAKE IT! All my Sunday school teachers know one of our main goals is to provide a safe environment for students to feel accepted and loved. When students know Sunday school is safe, they know church is safe. So my question to you is: what are you doing to change the stigma, and make church safe for your students?

3. Students will only learn the bare minimum on Sunday mornings. I don’t know how this myth got started (actually I do have a sneaky suspicion on how it did, but now’s not the time to dive into that), but it never fails, every time I go to a youth ministry seminary, I always hear some guy mention this myth, and every person in the room agrees with him. Have you ever thought about who you’re discrediting when you believe this myth? Let’s make a list: our pastors, who I’m sure don’t believe all their sermon preparation only leads to shallow teaching, the people who write the curriculum we use, our teachers, and worst of all, the Holy Spirit. The truth is, we’ll know what has been taught, but we’ll never know what our students took from the lesson. We need to be better at trusting God, and believe He knows how much truth his children need for the day.

Finally, there was one more issue I had to work through: my pride. Let’s be honest, many of us don’t have any major responsibilities on Sunday mornings. Our time to “shine” is when we get to teach our youth either on Sunday or Wednesday nights. This can be a major issue because we can unintentionally push our time, over time with the body of believers our youth so desperately need. I finally came to the conclusion, if I believe connecting my youth to Sunday mornings with the body of believers is the goal, then every aspect of my ministry needs to reflect that, and I need to be ok with more students coming to Sunday school and morning worship, than my teaching time. We need to realize, we can’t expect our students to come to Sunday school, if every aspect of our ministry doesn’t reflect its importance.

 

(This post is part of a series: Going Back to School)

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