Ever since my first day in student ministry, my number one goal has been to cancel Sunday School. I mean, come on, everyone knows that Sunday school is the dumbest ministry model on the planet. It is awful on just about every level. 9:00 on a Sunday morning is the absolute worst time in the entire world for any sort of ministry, especially to adolescents. We try and try and try to make this hour of spiritual formation relevant and matter to a group of kids who could actually care less. But it seems as much as we try to put a nail in the coffin of this antiquated mode of ministry, I could never muster the political capitol to pull it off. That is, until the perfect storm of events allowed me to do just that.
This last spring we had to move our entire church off our main campus to a hotel ball room while we underwent some construction and renovations. We went from two services with spiritual formation and student Sunday school during the first gathering, to a situation where we were only going to have one service. The best part is that I didn’t even have a choice. There were logistically not enough rooms to do church, children’s ministry and Sunday School for students.
When I was approached with this dilemma, I hung my head in grief and said that I would, reluctantly, take one for the team and cancel Sunday School. On the inside, I was freaking out! It just happened. My dream for almost 20 years became a reality and it actually gained me political points instead of costing every point I have ever earned.
And I have to tell you, those first few months of not having Sunday School was a dream come true. There was no more Sunday morning anxiety or dread for having to face a room full of apathetic and judgmental kids. No more dealing with the zero feedback on the incredible curriculum I have put together for the morning. Yes, my only responsibility was to simply glad-hand students and their parents as they walked past to their seats, and again as they left. I WAS FREE!!
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