This book recently caught my eye. While I don’t think it’s spectacular enough to run out and buy it, I did find the Table of Contents provocative. The Table of Contents lends itself to an exercise between the Minister, Director/Coordinator of Religious Education, and/or the Religious Education Committee. Get together over tea and for each of the 19 chapters, come up with three ways your congregation’s religious exploration program takes advantage of this aspect. What part does the minister play? The DRE? The REC? The teachers? Others? If you have trouble coming up with examples, perhaps it’s time to look at that aspect and use its gifts more fully. Which aspects are your strengths? Celebrate those!
Table of Contents:
Sunday School will…
- Help you reach the lost.
- Will give you extra doors into the church.
- Will boost (Unitarian Universalist) knowledge.
- Will help you minister to all ages.
- Will help you meet needs. (If you solve peoples’ problems, they return.)
- Will produce leaders in your church.
- Will provide role models.
- Will turn spectators into workers.
- Will provide prayer intercessors (bind community together.)
- Will provide teaching evangelism. (deepen Unitarian Universalist identity and commitment)
- Will provide instant follow-up for new converts.
- Will provide a friendship network.
- Will provide life coaching.
- Will teach churchmanship.
- Will make use of all spiritual gifts.
- Will provide spiritual care.
- Will teach faithfulness.
- Will build character.
- Activates friendship evangelism.