Lewis Miller Florida Baptist Convention Sunday School Department LifeWay Ministry Multiplier Five Step Formula for Sunday School Growth!

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    Fiction?How Well Do You Know Sunday School?How Well Do You Know Arthur Flake?

  • Arthur Flake settled in Winona Mississippi as a traveling salesman in 1894.FACT!

  • Arthur Flake birthed the idea for the Broadman Holman Publishing Company.Fiction!

  • The Sunday School Movement began in Britain.FACT!

  • Arthur Flake was the first Sunday School department Director at the Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee.FACT!

  • Sunday Schools were first established by Robert Raikes in the 1780s to teach children to read using the Bible as the text. FACT!

  • Sunday Schools were never intended for adults.Fiction!By the early 1800s Sunday School classes were organized for working class men and women.

  • Just prior to his death in 1952 Arthur Flake added a sixth step in the Sunday School formula.Fiction!

  • In 1895 Arthur Flake led Winona Baptist Church to form the first Training Union in all of Mississippi.FACT!

  • From the beginning Sunday Schools have been outreach-oriented small groups that enjoy fellowship and the study of Gods Word.FACT!

  • Once a Sunday School class begins meeting for several sessions, new people wont be able to join.Fiction!New people can join a class or group at anytime.

  • For the believer, the primary purpose of Sunday School is deeper Bible study.Fiction!Sunday School is a place of service for the believer as they study the Bible.

  • Sunday School ministry takes place on a long-term and ongoing basis.FACT!

  • Foundationally, Adult Sunday Schools cannot address the five purposes of the church.Fiction!The ministrys purposes include, foundationally, all five purposes of the church.

  • The primary textbook for Adult Sunday School is the learner guide or quarterly.Fiction!

  • The primary style of ministry for Adult Sunday School is relational.FACT!

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  • Know the PossibilitiesEnlarge the OrganizationProvide the SpaceEnlist and Train WorkersGo After the People

  • Know the PossibilitiesJust Look!When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Matthew 9:36-38 (HCSB)

  • Census DataPrimary Ministry Area

  • Prospective Member PossibilitiesTelephone surveys and mail follow-upChurch membership rollInactive Sunday School membersSummer and school MinistriesSpecial eventsNewspaper noticesespecially in hometown publications; newly born, wed, widowedNewcomersFRANsFriends, relatives, associates, and neighbors.Advanced demographic profilesReligious Censusdoor-to-door asking residents about church involvement, gathering names and ages of all within the householdWorship guests

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  • Know the PossibilitiesEnlarge the Organization

  • You cant keep doing the same things youve always done and expect different results!

  • Unless the present Sunday School organization is enlarged, practically all of the work done in Knowing the Possibilities will come to naught. It will be necessary to enlarge the organization in order to take care of all the people on the church roll as well as those discovered in the census. Arthur Flake

  • Four Reasons for Age-GradingTo reach those who ought to be in Sunday SchoolTo teach those who are in Sunday SchoolTo enhance personal responsibility for reaching the lostTo provide a system for assigning prospects and guests for follow-up

  • Time to Start a New Class?The class has too wide an age span (10 or more years).There are more than 40 people enrolled in the class.The meeting place is filled with members, regardless of the number enrolled.Needs are not being met consistently.Prospects have been found, but there is not a class to which the prospects can be assigned naturally.The number of adults in an age group has suddenly grown.New church members are not currently being enrolled in classes.People drift in and out of the class, and no one in the class notices.Essentials for Excellence CD-ROM, LifeWay Church Resources

  • Know the PossibilitiesEnlarge the OrganizationProvide the Space

  • There is no such thing as building a Sunday School in great numbers in small cramped quarters. Arthur Flake

  • Nice facilities, adequate space, safe, easily accessible childrens and preschool space, and clean space were all issues of importance to unchurched people surveyed by Dr. Thom S. Rainer. Surprising Insights from the Unchurched

  • Focal WallMake sure that everything on the focal wall points to the lesson that is being taught. Announcements, pictures, or bulletins should be placed on a bulletin board somewhere away from the focal wall. Place something on the focal walla poster, a question on the board, an outline, a statement, or a quoterelated to the lesson topic.Remove all old posters from previous lessons.You dont have to have walls to have Sunday School. All you need is the learners attention. Room Set Up

  • ChairsAnticipate the number of chairs needed for class members plus any guests. Always have more chairs than participants. Practice the empty chair principlethere is always room for one more.Arrange the chairsdont create relationship or learning barriers.Consider changing the chair arrangement from time to time.Room Set Up

  • TablesAvoid using tables if they create a barrier between you and others.Dont use tables if they keep you from adding people. If tables are used, there should be enough room for everyone. Consider using tables if you have adults with physical disabilities.Room Set Up

  • Never let SPACE dictate your ministry!CLASS FULL NO ROOM

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  • Know the PossibilitiesEnlarge the OrganizationProvide the SpaceEnlist and Train Workers

  • The enrollment potential of any Sunday School is seldom higher than 10 times the number of workers. Arthur Flake12 Workers X 10 = 120 Enrollment Potential25 Workers X 10 = 250 Enrollment Potential50 Workers X 10 = 500 Enrollment Potential100 Workers X 10 = 1000 Enrollment PotentialAdult Sunday School Ratio1 worker for every 4 adults enrolled.

  • Where will all the workers be found?Adult Classes!

  • Keep it SimpleStart with the Basics! Teacher Ministry Coordinator ApprenticeClass Organization

  • Class OrganizationBasicTeacherMinistry CoordinatorApprenticeExpand as leaders are developed and as the class grows.Visitation/EvangelismCare Group MinistryA.C.E.Organize by genderMaximum of seven individuals in a groupMix of actives, in-actives, and members-in-serviceFellowshipPrayerMissions


  • The importance of proper enlistment of teachers cannot be overstated. . . . We really do enlist about ninety-five percent of our problems. If we will enlist workers properly, it will save many headaches in the future. Allan Taylor Six Core Values of Sunday School, minister of education, FBC Woodstock, GA

  • Three Steps for Enlisting WorkersPraying publicly and privately for workers.Making a list of prospective leaders.Securing the consent of those selected to serve.

  • Then about five he went and found others standing around, and said to them, Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing? Because no one hired us, they said to him. You also go to my vineyard, he told them. Matt. 20:6-7 (HCSB)

  • Dont say No for someone else!Everyone is a potential leader!

  • Answer Three Questions When EnlistingWhy me?Is this job important? Will you provide training and resources?

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  • Know the PossibilitiesEnlarge the OrganizationProvide the SpaceEnlist and Train WorkersGo After the People

  • In a sophisticated, technological society like ours, isnt visitation a little old fashioned?

  • There is absolutely no substitute for face-to-face contact with the customer or the prospective customer.Arthur Flake

  • Making the Sunday-Guest ConnectionDefinite TimeDefinite ProspectsDefinite Reporting

  • Know the PossibilitiesEnlarge the OrganizationProvide the SpaceEnlist and Train WorkersGo After the People

  • So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we dont give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (HCSB)


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