What the?‚ You read right folks.‚ The good folks at Lifeway are working to train people in “The Missional Sunday School.”‚ Ed Stetzer (why is his name coming up so much today?‚ Maybe it’s the calf fries.) and Bruce Raley, Director of Leadership Ministry, will speak on it during the two Sunday School training events this year.
The press release states:
“Missional” is a fairly new term used in recent years to describe some churches, para-church ministries and organizations…These churches study and learn the language of the culture and community. They strive to become part of the culture while proclaiming the gospel. They understand how to contextualize biblical life to the culture in which the church resides. In short, the missional church functions as a missionary to its community. Just as a foreign missionary determines how to take the gospel to a group within a culture, a Sunday School class or ministry can be designed to do the same.
“The Missional Sunday School” session will explore ideas and means for Sunday School to become a missionary force, impacting the church community. Stetzer will focus on research findings of missional churches, characteristics of missional leaders and the top factors and challenges of becoming a missional Sunday School.
I’m not saying anything negative about this.‚ I actually think it might work.‚ If small groups become missional, then maybe the church could.‚ My fear is that few will buy into it.‚ But that’s not a problem of strategy.
But I think they need to change the name to something like Missional Communities.‚ Sunday School?‚ Nahh…Hey guys, change the name 😀