Some people are starting to question its effectiveness. It was originally invented to teach children whose parents could not afford schooling how to read and write. It was done with the Bible and Bible readers for children.
It turned around into a Baptist thing, where Sunday School became kind of a chance for the congregation to learn something about the Bible.
And when Pastors got way too busy for teaching Sunday School, it really began to be a job for deacons.
But since most deacons have little insruction in Bible doctrine, pre-printed class notes became a requirement.
At this time, I’m pretty much blaming much of the sorry state of the SBC on bad Sunday School curriculum.
Seriously. Oh, sure, Modernists and Calvinists helped mess the books up, and so did New Evangelicalism, and the Bible Babble Buffet.
Now doctrine is so thin and washed away that it’s almost undiscoverable in the SBC Sunday School curriculums.
So, what to do?
Some of the New Calvinists are actually calling for its abolition. I’m kind of on their side on that.
Unless you can completely transform Sunday School into not relying on pre-printed booklets – I’m completely in favor of aboloshing it.
Or unless your church switches to the ABSS series by DAvid Cloud. Either route – just use the Bible (what a novel idea!!!) or throw away all the Lifeway booklets and start buying the ABSS materials by Way of Life. Lifeway, bad. Way of Life, Good,
Here’s where Sunday School has to change.
It should be graded. If you’re new to the church, you start out in New Christian 1.
If you’ve completed that group, go on to group 2.
That kind of thing. Actual schools tend to have a class system, where one teacher just teaches second grade. So, consider that. Mr. Beasly the Deacon just teaches the Church History class.
Let’s start thinking along those lines. What say you all?