Here we are at the beginning of a new year.  Christianity and especially Fundamental Independent Baptists have come under attack.  May I remind you that we should not be surprised when the Lord warned us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”: (1Pe 5:8)

Someone told me the best defense is a good offense.  If were not careful we will be so busy defending ourselves that we will forget to do the work God left us here to do.  I want to challenge you to reach the middle class adults in your area.  One of the greatest ways to do so is to start new classes.  New units grow faster than established units.  The Sunday School is the church organized.  Properly organized and administered the Sunday School will help close the back door and keep new folks coming in the front door.

In my years at Shawnee Baptist I tried to personally start a new class about every two to three years.  It was hard to leave a class I had built.  But, the joy of training new teachers and helping them succeed was worth it.  I developed a couple of check lists over the years  of things that helped me start a class and then build a class after it was started.  I have read many other helps.  The lists below are by no means exhaustive (maybe exhausting).  If you have an existing class you may find some helpful ideas that will trigger some new growth methods for you.


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


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

May this be a great year of Spiritual and Numerical growth in our Sunday Schools.


Me and Nancy At Chocolate World

                 HERSHEY, PA                                                 Nancy and I had a couple of days between meetings in the North East.  We ended up spending those days in Hershey where many of the Hershey chocolates are made.  We especially enjoyed the KISSES.


Beech House View

From Hershey we went on to our meeting in Howell, NJ for a time of teaching and preaching on Soul Winning for the Go weekend at Open Door Bible Baptist Church.  While there we stayed in a beach house provided by “Rev” over looking the beautiful Atlantic ocean on the Jeresy Shore. 


Bro. Chris and Family

Pastor Chris Teis did a wonderful job of organizing the meeting.  Nancy had a teaching session with the ladies and I had the opportunity to speak six (6) times teaching and preaching about Soul Winning.

Over 100 folks from 5 churches were present.  The altars were full at every invitation with folks committing themselves to win souls.  In addition God gave us 3 coming for slavation on Sunday and one coming for membership.


I have the privilege of preaching the 10th Anniversary services this Sunday at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Taylorsville, KY.  We started this mission church about 12 years ago and 10 years ago this coming Sunday I preached the charter service and watched as they called the man, Bro. Patrick Nix, who had been pastor of the mission to be pastor of the church. I’ll bring a full report next week.

Later this week I will be posting another in the series of lists about Sunday School and then I plan to give some proven methods that will help churches see more people saved and Baptized.  Of course we all understand that without the Holy Spirit’s presence and power no one will be saved.  We are not the saviors.  We are simply the available tools that God will use if we will make ourselves available.

For Christ and for Souls,

Lonnie Mattingly – John 15:8