Sunday School: Slow Transformation

By: Rachel Rogers

In a culture of over-scheduled families, it is hard to think of squeezing in one more activity, especially when it happens on a day that feels like a day “off.”  I will let someone more qualified than me tackle the Sabbath topic, but I would love to challenge us to think seriously for a minute about Sunday School.  Is it an activity worth considering adding to the schedule?

Russell Moore, author and president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, makes the bold statement: “Sunday School transformed my life.” What comes to mind when you think of Sunday School? Was it life transforming? Do you think of flannel boards? (memorable maybe, but hardly transforming!)  The taste of those lick-&-stick stickers? Your taste buds may never be the same, but I don’t think that is the transformation he is talking about. When I walk the halls of my church on a Sunday morning and peek into the rooms I see good friends sharing time studying the Bible and faithful teachers who show up every week. I see lives being transformed.

A quick Google search will tell you that many consider Sunday School a thing of the past.  Call me old-fashioned, but I love Sunday School.  Ultimately, it’s one of the main ways a church can come alongside families to teach children God’s word. Sometimes the lessons are less than flashy, sometimes the teachers talk too long, and sometimes it’s even boring. But what if repetition and faithful teaching are just what we need?

In a culture of crazy busy families, I think it’s still worth our time and I am not the only one. In his article, “The Cosmic Importance of Children’s Sunday School,” Russell Moore makes the strong assertion that “…Sunday school is not just another program. It can be a matter of life and death.”  Read it here