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Sunday School Directors

Superintendents & Teachers

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”

 

{Second Timothy 3.16, NRSV}

While not identified in Scripture, the role of Christian educators is essential to the spiritual life and the practice of discipleship.  In the early church, there was no age appropriate classes as lessons were offered in a group setting.  Long before curriculum or workbooks, these believers shared their faith through testimony, prayer and sermons.

 

Historically, the first Sunday Schools were used as actual schools.  Wanting to prevent continued illiteracy, its creators desired a place for poor children to learn how to read.  Modeling the ministry of Jesus by meeting the social needs of working class families, these Sunday Schools provided the only means of education.  That was Britain in the 1780s.

 

Today, Sunday School is an important part of the life of the Church though arguably in decline in some regions.  As church leaders seek to reinvent this ministry in an ever- changing culture and reimagine its purpose in a tech- savvy society, Christian education is taking on new forms with the use of small groups and the like.  Still, the importance of knowing, discussing and applying Scripture to our lives is essential to our maturation.  We cannot grow apart from it and there is no understanding of the faith without it.

 

The Office of Empowering Congregations knows the value of the ministry of the Christian education and you do too.  We look forward to serving you and your leaders year after year, sharing the faith that we have in common in whatever form that takes.