General Sunday School Information

What Is the Role of Sunday School?

The Sunday School ministry is the foundational strategy in a local church for leading people to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and for building on-mission Christians through open Bible study groups that engage people in evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship.

What Is An Open Group?

Open groups expect new people every week. That’s a short definition of an open group! If a group really does expect new people every week, it will change everything about its strategy. Leaders will arrive early. They will arrange the room with newcomers in mind. Members will consistently wear name tags. Every lesson will be a complete and satisfying Bible study experience.

What is Open Enrollment?

Belong before you believe – that’s a short definition of open enrollment. Enrolling as a member of a Sunday school class is a great first step for those undecided about becoming Christians, being baptized, joining the church, or exploring Christianity, while they experience the powerful words of the Bible. They should understand that enrolling in Sunday school neither makes them church members, nor obligates them toward membership. It’s simply a safe place to belong before they believe, whether or not they ever do.

Who Leads the Sunday School Ministry?

General Officers Pastor Minister of Education † Sunday School Director Sunday School Outreach / FAITH Director Sunday School Secretary Division / Department Directors † † Denotes positions for larger churches – in smaller churches, these duties fall to the Sunday School Director.

Class Officers Teacher Teaching Apprentice Ministry Coordinator Care-Group Leaders Visitation – Evangelism Coordinator ‡ Prayer Coordinator ‡ Missions Coordinator ‡

‡ Denotes positions for larger churches – in smaller churches, these duties fall to the Ministry Coordinator.

Recommended General Officer Resources

How To Sunday School Manual by Wayne Poling

Life Source: Help Start a Healthy New Class (LifeWay Christian Resources)

Outreach Teams That Win: GROW by Jerry N. Tidewell

The Six Core Values of Sunday School by Allan Taylor

Spiritual Gifts: A Practical Guide to How God Works Through You by David Francis

Sunday School Done Right by Allan Taylor

Sunday School in HD by Allan Taylor

Sunday School Growth and Evaluation Plan (Sunday School Growth Spiral)

Downloads & Links

Meeting Space Specifications Chart

Sunday School Workers Covenant – Standard

Sunday School Workers Covenant – Contemporary

Sunday School Growth Award Plan Form

Recommended Adult Resources

Connect Grow Serve Go is a simple strategy for creating groups for adults that move them toward balanced spiritual growth. This strategy also serves as the framework from which LifeWay resources are developed for adults.

January Bible Study 2013 – The Greatest Week in History: Luke’s Account of the Passion Week

Spiritual Gifts: A Practical Guide to How God Works Through You by David Francis

Sunday School Done Right by Allan Taylor

Teaching Adults: A Guide to Transformation Teaching compiled by Rick Edwards

Evangelism Resources for Sunday School





These resources can be purchased at the LifeWay Book Store near you or by ordering from LifeWay Christian Resources at 1-800-458-2772.

Special Education Resources

Is your church a place where everyone can come and worship and serve the Lord? God’s word mandates that we minister to all persons, regardless of their needs. This applies to people with physical and mental disabilities as well as every other person God has created. We must provide a place for unconditional loving. All people are loved unconditionally by God. Since we are loved unconditionally how can we do less than love other in this way. Often we want to help “provide for those less fortunate” or “do something to help.” This is a humanitarian love. What we need is the Christian love that demands we give ourselves.

Pray for God’s leadership. Ask him to open your eyes to the person around you who need to be ministered to and who need to minister. Commit yourself to follow God’s leadership to provide a place for everyone to worship our Lord.

APFEappen by Athalene McNay, published by Convention Press, is a download available from LifeWay Christian Resources. Click on this link and scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Every pastor and church leader need to read this book for a perspective of ministry.

Quarterly Sunday School Curriculum available from LifeWay Christian Resources at 1-800-458-2772.
Access Learner Guide
Access Leader Guide
Access Leader Pack
Special Education Today
– magazine [Even if you do not have a class for your special needs people, this piece of literature needs to be provided for your staff and for the parents or card giver of any person with special needs.]