Moving Sunday School Online

For as long as I have been in ministry there has been discussion about how best to reform the Sunday School experience for children.  I spent many months doing research on this topic nearly a decade ago as a part of my doctoral work.  I continue to be intrigued by and appreciative of those who are on the front lines of innovating this important ministry of faith formation. Day Smith Pritchartt's recent blog post is one great example of how a congregation might choose to replace the Read More …

Missing Adult Sunday School

Jon Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like (2010) and Quitter (2011), recently blogged about missing Sunday School.  More specifically, he shared about his 15 year absence from adult Sunday School.  Despite a positive experience with small groups, Acuff misses "having the double feature of Sunday School and Church." So What? For many years Sunday School for all ages was a given in Protestant congregations.  In recent decades the increased emphasis on small groups has led to fewer Sunday Read More …

Shifts in American Religious Behavior

The Barna Group recently published a list of changes in American religious behavior over the last twenty years based on data collected via their annual OmniPollSM survey conducted each January. Bible reading undertaken during the course of a typical week, other than passages read while attending church events, has declined by five percentage points (to 40%); Church volunteerism has dropped by eight percentage points (to 19% who do so during a typical week); Adult Sunday school Read More …