By Elmer Towns. Let’s make the Sunday school of the future the foundation of the church that becomes the place where believers are grounded in doctrine and godly living.
Some say that there is no biblical warrant for Sunday school; yet God has used this part of the church’s life to reach and disciple many children, youth, and adults. A Sunday school that is done well will contribute much to the church’s overall ministry, but as with other programs, it can be done poorly or ineffectively and distract from the church’s ministry.
If we are going to reach this generation it will require more than tweaking a few things. We must rethink everything. That requires imagination, creativity with dependence on and direction from our God.
By William J. Larkin. Indeed, how can we communicate a gospel that is truly “good news” to the postmodern person (or any cultural being for that matter)? We must “exegete” the culture from the inside out. We must interpret the Scriptures at a metacultural level. Then, we must bring the two together in effective gospel communication.
The rising generation of young people is showing a definite interest in a more conservative approach to life and a greater interest in spirituality; yet their interest in spirituality is not necessarily connected with Christianity. While this is a both good news and bad news, it is a great opportunity to set forth the Christian faith.
Unanswered questions don’t go away, especially the ones never raised, never addressed.Our thinking needs to be challenged. Our values, even those we cherish the most, need to be evaluated. Our faith must be examined lest we find ourselves losing that which we claim is most dear.
Extensive studies show that the failure to focus on this area of ministry is contributing to the loss of the older teenagers and middle-aged boomers from the church. What is this crucial area of ministry? You guessed it: Christian education!
Discipling, including evangelism, education, and training, must have top billing in the local church if we are to be transformed and not conformed to this world.
The role of deacons is critical to the ministry of the local church. However, for some time it has suffered from a poor image. In reformed circles the office is rightly seen as one of service and helps. But with the growth of church buildings and property, deacons are often viewed more as caretakers of property and less as caretakers of people.
A church-based mercy ministry benefits not only those who receive help but also those who show mercy by blessing them with the heart of Christ for a needy world.