There are churches on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Sunday school – those that couldn’t imagine life in their church without it, and those that couldn’t live if they had it. But, the question I’m interested in is does college-age Sunday School work?
I was recently teaching a seminar where people were asking me how they could go about getting more college-age people to attend. They had been struggling with this for a long time and could never seem to get people to come. Most of them knew of many college-age people in their church but were frustrated because they couldn’t get them to come to their Sunday school class.
I asked, “Why are you trying to get them to the Sunday School class?” There were no direct answers. It was as if they hadn’t thought about why it was that part was so important to them, beyond the fact that they had just always had it and Sunday School was one of the MAJOR elements to a Sunday morning in their church.
I was fairly bold with them and said, “If you have a hard time getting them to come, maybe that tells you something about them, or possibly you and/or the way you’re going about that time.” My heart wasn’t to bash them or this idea of Sunday School in ANY WAY! What I was trying to get at is the heart behind it. I had no doubt these people loved college-age people and desperately wanted to reach out to them. I had no doubt that they were seriously praying and thinking through how they could engage their minds. And, I could tell they really wanted to help.
But, if something’s not working…maybe there’s valid reasons. Maybe Sunday School class isn’t the best way to engage them. Maybe, just maybe, a Sunday morning breakfast at someone’s house at 11am is better. Or, maybe the things they were discussing in the class just wasn’t pertinent to the lives of these people…?
If you have trouble getting college-age people to come to your Sunday School – jump out of the box. Drop it, and try something else.
If you are engaging people during these times…let us have it! Clue us in to what’s working in your context! Let all of us learn from what you’re doing.
If you’re the type of person that couldn’t imagine even having a Sunday School class for college-age people, why is that?
This should be a fun discussion…