Sunday School Objectives
Posted on February 25, 2020 9:00 AM by David Frasure
When a schoolteacher prepares for her class at the beginning of the year, she is taught to write out a course description and course objectives. In a Sunday School class, we aren’t that formal, but it is valuable to consider what we are really trying to accomplish when we set out to teach a Sunday School class. Here are several objectives we should seriously consider.
1. To lead people to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. As a Sunday School leader, the spiritual condition of each enrollee and prospect should be my first concern. I can save no one, but I can offer opportunities and take the initiative to see that each person I am responsible for can understand and respond to the gospel. Even in preschool areas, our objective is to create a learning environment in which children can be guided in the direction of the Savior as spiritual seed is planted in their lives.
2. To move people closer to Christ in their personal walk with Him. People should be more in love with Christ as a result of being a part of our Sunday School class. They should see Jesus lifted up and exalted and have the opportunity to know Him more and serve Him better. This is the discipleship emphasis of Sunday School. The spiritual growth of each prospect and member is a primary concern a Sunday School teacher or leader. This is how spiritual leaders are developed and called out to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. One key objective is to move people Christ-ward.
3. To get people involved in the Great Commission and other meaningful ministries related to reaching and discipling people for Christ. Jesus gave the church a mission statement that has motivated the church for 2,000 years. It should be obvious that the mission statement of the church is also the mission statement of the Sunday School. Bible knowledge alone has never been the objective of the church or the Sunday School. We know that God has called us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.
4. To enhance genuine fellowship and love for one another. The Sunday School has the opportunity for people to develop meaningful spiritual relationships that will enhance their growth in Christ. It provides ways to pray for and serve one another by meeting practical needs. Trying to meet the needs of a multitude is an overwhelming task, but as we focus on those in our care, we can touch one life at a time, face to face and heart to heart. This is the primary way Jesus did ministry and enhanced fellowship among His disciples and it is still effective today.
5. To help people discover the Word of God. The Bible is the textbook of the Sunday School. God’s Word changes lives. However, every good teacher knows that people learn in different ways and at various learning levels. So, the teacher adjusts his teaching style to make God’s Word understandable and easy for his class to learn. Motivated by love for God and the people being taught, the teacher connects the struggles and needs of the learner with the solutions and principles of the Scripture, allowing people to discover how to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.
The Sunday School experience can be truly life-changing as we keep the right objectives in mind. Why we do a thing is at least as important as what we do and how we do it. As we lead our Sunday School classes into a new decade, we recognize that great things begin with the right motivation. May God be glorified as we work together to make disciples who worship God, grow in Christ and share Jesus with the world.