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LifeWay Christian Resources Shifts New Focus to Sunday School

( [email protected] ) Oct 27, 2004 12:45 PM EDT

In an effort of establishing a network of outreach through Sunday school program, LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is currently forming a team that will focus more on developing strategies to make Sunday schools grow.

As the emphasis of the ministry shifts to the development of Sunday school, David Francis, who has been appointed as the head of the team says, "What's unique about Sunday school as it's practiced and operated in most churches is that, in most cases, it meets concurrently with the major worship experience of the weekend."

He adds, “and therefore folks can have the worship experience together with the large group, then go to a smaller group of people, where the children, the students, the adults all have an age group they can relate to."

While maintaining that Sunday school is the most effective small-group strategy, Francis believes that a large number -- 80, 90, sometimes 100 percent -- of those who attend worship are also involved in a small group experience.