Friday, June 18, 2010

Small Groups Or Sunday School?

By Steve Gladden

If your goal is to teach the Word of God and apply the Great Commission and Great Commandment, does it matter if your people meet in a church classroom or living room?

I often overhear the question, “Does your church have Sunday school or small groups?” The question is often a veiled way of asking, “Is your church a traditional one that is stuck in the rut of Sunday schools?”

The common notion is that Sunday school is a system that traditional churches cling to, while more modern and progressive churches move toward small groups. The truth, however, is not that simple or clear cut. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. More important than the “system” used is the desired result – spiritual growth and health.

Before you decide on using Sunday school and/or small groups as a delivery system for health, make sure you understand what health is.

Once you know what type of attributes you want to see in a follower of Christ, then you can develop a delivery system to align with your purpose and your church’s culture.


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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat