“What Should I Be Doing?”
I was leading a conference and one of the participants asked a very simple question, “What am I supposed to do”? As I dug deeper into the question I discovered that he was a Sunday School director and what came next really caused me to be alarmed. Not only was he the Sunday School director but he had been in the position for almost 10 years! After 10 years he was finally realizing he needed to do something other than turn on the coffee pot and take up the records.
I’m afraid too many of our leaders are right there with this guy or worse! Whether you are a brand new or an old as the hills Sunday School director here is what you should be doing.
First, a Sunday School director must be training leaders and members to understand the purpose of Sunday School.
Second, a director must provide ideas on how to achieve the purpose of the Sunday School.
Third, a director must realize that the teachers and leaders under their care are people. Not only should the director provide training that will facilitate effectiveness as a teacher but also as provide encouragement that will assist the class teachers and leaders be a better spouse, parent, friend, etc.
A Sunday School director should be modeling mentoring and they should be mentoring others to be effective leaders.
The goal of every Sunday School should be that every member is contacted every week. A Sunday School director should work to accomplish this goal. In adult, youth and older children’s classes the members can be organized into groups and each group have a care leader. The care leaders responsibility is to call every member every week and simply ask, “how can I pray for you?” If a class will start contacting and praying for all members the impact of that class will be incredible.
A Sunday School director should be an example of this process. Every Sunday School director should have a care group. The director’s care group could be division or department directors. It could even be teachers but whoever makes up the Sunday School director’s care group, they should get a ministry contact (phone call, email, text) every week.
The Sunday School director should always be looking for ways to start new classes and enlist new leaders. Every Sunday School director should have as a goal to start at least one new class every year. The reason that many of our churches are not growing is that it has been several years since the last new class was started!
The Sunday School director should stop waiting on all the members to get ready before a new class is started. The director is the primary influencer in the church so as the director you should have a positive attitude and be determined to start new classes. The people will follow good leadership; they are waiting on direction.
A leader is one who has others following. If a person thinks they are a leader but no one is following, they simply taking a walk! A Sunday School director must get the people of the church to go outside the church be the church! Every class should plan some type of mission project every quarter. Every class should be involved in outreach to lost and unchurched.
Sunday School director stop complaining about the ineffectiveness of the church, stop fussing about not having many baptisms. Get outside the church and you do it. The members of the church are watching. Love for people is caught more than it is taught!