Sunday School is a ministry which continues to be the most popular forum for a systematic study
of God‟s Word in the church. This approach will normally take place on Sunday mornings (in the church facilities), quite often before the morning service. It can, however, be held on other nights of the week.
Defining Sunday School — A Functional Definition Of Sunday School
Sunday School is an essential disciple – making strategy of the Church. As such, Sunday School has proven its effectiveness by teaching biblical principles and godly living to people at every age and stage of life.
In order for Sunday School to remain effective in the 21st century, the Church must both reaffirm and retain the essential elements of this disciple – making strategy while also developing flexibility to address the diverse discipling challenges of our fast – paced, pluralistic culture.
Therefore, the Division of Christian Education has written a functional definition of Sunday School. Any Christian Education initiative in the local church that includes all of the following features/characteristics will be considered functionally comparable to Sunday School:
The primary purpose is obedient response to the Great Commission: Making disciples who will fulfill the threefold mission of the church — evangelism, worship, and discipleship.
The primary strategy is the intentional, systematic, development of leaders who can carry on the work of the ministry in the local church.
The primary curriculum is the Bible supported by appropriate teaching resources.
The primary process is regular (preferably weekly), systematic teaching of Bible content and doctrine.
The primary dynamic is the building of relationships that involve mutual commitment and accountability.