Spring time is a great time to build a Sunday School class. To get the job done you must be (or become) the right kind of Sunday School Worker. In a couple of my previous posts I have talked about “HOW TO START AN ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS” and “HOW TO GROW AN ADULT CLASS ONCE STARTED.”  You should check them out if you haven’t read them already.

In today’s post I want to continue the Sunday School theme. Not that I claim to have all the answers. In fact I am giving these thoughts I have limited myself to simply giving thinking points. If you will take time to think about each point and evaluate your current actions, I think you will be more than able to come to positive ideas you can implement in areas where you detect weakness.

The ideas listed are not my exclusive thoughts. They are an accumulation of ideas gathered over 45 years of ministry. Some come from great leaders of the past. Some come from my contemporaries. A few come from my own trial and error experience.


(James 3:1) “My brethren, be not many masters,                                                        knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”

Masters – Gk didaskalos, did-as’-kal-os; meaning an instructor; — translated: doctor, master, teacher.

1. Be a prayer warrior

2. Be an organizer

3. Be a Bible student

4. Be a Soul Winner

5. Be a care giver to your pupil and your people

6. Be an exemplary Christian

7. Be Loyal to the Saviour, the church, the pastor and your co-workers

8. Be a record keeper

9. Be an atmosphere creator

10. Be a delegator

11. Be a rule follower

12. Be an imitator

13. Be a communicator

(1 Cor 14:40) “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

A closing thought:  At Shawnee Baptist Church over the 37 years I was pastor, for the most part had a regular weekly Teachers’ and Officers’ meetings.  They were not always over the top exciting, but they always helped us communicate and attempt to keep everyone on the same page.  The posts I have given you so far would be great starters for the instruction part of those meetings.  They could renamed and divided up over 5 or 6 weeks.  Dr. Lee Roberson constantly encouraged us to have weekly meetings.  I will give an outline for effective .workers’ meetings in a later post.

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For Christ and for Souls,

Lonnie Mattingly – John 15:8


Last week I had the opportunity to post some of the procedures and practices I used in building the Adult Sunday School at Shawnee Baptist Church while pastor there. I titled it: How To Start An Adult Sunday School Class.

Obviously getting started is just the beginning. Many people are good starters but they are not maintainers or finishers. We will never build strong Sunday Schools without leaders that faithfully practice a few basic things, even after the new wears off.

This week I am enjoying being part of the Spring Bible Conference in Dover, PA. where Dr. Sterling Walsh is the pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church and they are seeing some amazing growth filling all their Sunday School space. It is a joy to also have speaking Dr. Tim Rabon. Tue. AM they will host a preachers meeting at 10 AM. Mrs. Janet Walsh will also host a ladies meeting at 10AM where Mrs. Nancy Mattingly and Mrs. Sharon Rabon will speak to the ladies.

This coming Sat and Sun Nancy and I will be with Pastor Chris Teis at the Open Door Bible Baptist Church of Howell, NJ. having a Soul Winning training weekend.

I will post some reports on these meetings next week. For now I do ask you to pray for God’s presence and power.

Here is the outline of ideas for growing an Adult Sunday School Class once it is started.  Use the ideas.  Fill those classrooms.  Get the Word of God into as many lives as you can.  In a week or so I will post some additional Sunday School material that I have used to help Sunday School teachers reach more of their potential.

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1. Scan the crowd 3 times a week looking for prospects (meet every visitor)

2. Visit faithfully (visit every absentee the first time they are absent)

3. Enroll new people every week

4. Have a goal of at least one lost person in attendance each week

5. Network with existing soul winning programs and outreach people to find more new prospects

6. Keep excellent records

7. Copy your roll book and prospect list as your Sunday School prayer list.

8. Promote the Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services
goal: to build your members

9. Build loyalty to the pastor and church in the hearts and minds of your members

10. Set the right example in personal standards and faithfulness

11. Plan some activities (one major activity per quarter and minor monthly)
By planning around church services and campaigns you help tie your people to the
overall program of the church and build unity

12. Activities can be fun, convenient and inexpensive:
Sun PM pie & ice cream
Sun afternoon picnic – and games
Sundae Sunday night
Video presentation (approved of course)
Work party (paint your class, work on grounds, adopt a flower bed, etc)
Nursing home outing or sponsorship
Use your imagination … there are hundreds of ideas that will build your class without breaking the bank

13. Establish a class Soul Winning time…

14. Have a goal of winning Soul Winners – 2 Tim 2:2


One of the greatest tools God allowed me use and be involved in when I was pastor at Shawnee Baptist Church was the Sunday School.  I started several classes, built them to 30 or 40 then turned them over to the assistant, waited a few months then started a new class.
As a result I always felt like I was getting a fresh start and a fresh challenge.  In addition I was training adult Sunday School teachers.  The list below is only a skeleton and not all inclusive.  It is however, a great start to establishing a new class with the pastor’s blessing of course.
A little later I will give my list of things to do to grow a class once it is started.  A new class like a new church will grow faster than an established class.
Dr. Lee Roberson would challenge me every time he came to Shawnee Baptist Church to build the Sunday School and to reach adults.  If you have ideas that you have used to start an Adult class let me know.  I may add them to my list as I travel and share ideas with pastors who are trying to get their Sunday Schools motivated.
1. Pray for the leadership of the Holy Spirit

2. Select a name for your new class

3. Determine the profile of your class (age, status, area, etc.)

4. Scan the church roll for prospects… Anyone on the church roll who is not enrolled in Sunday      School is a potential prospect.

5. Survey visitors for prospects

6. Set a date for your grand opening

7. Determine the location and arrangements

8. Plan the organization … Start with an assistant if possible (ushers, greeters, secretary, set up, song leader, etc)

9. Decide not to steal from other established classes, instead pray for laborers

10. Build a mailing data base and write letters introducing your new class

11. Organize your class schedule

12. Organize your class records

13. Organize your follow-up procedures… (call, write, visit)

14. Make directional signs to your class… Goal: Be the easiest class to find without being obnoxious or appearing competitive.

15. Make class calling cards or brochures

16. Gather and organize all class tools and materials