Sunday School: A Footprint For Success
By janetdkelly on September 09, 2011
I have not written a faith piece from an urban perspective in quite some time. I felt persuaded to write about it now since I have put it off.
Growing up, I attended Sunday school. Attendance wasn’t an option for my siblings and me. We had to go.
Sunday school is where I learned the teachings of my Christian faith as well as my specific doctrine. It wasn’t a place where I was graded on my performance. It was focused more on my understanding of faith and ministry.
When I think back to those days, I know that Sunday school was more – it set the stage for building some important skill sets and character.
Prior to Sunday school, I had to spend a little time reading and preparing for the discussion topic. I had a lesson book and Bible for reference. This preparation helped to foster good study habits, such as setting aside a time and place to study, organizing, skimming, note taking, and summarizing.
Besides the basic reading and comprehension, it pushed me to use some critical reasoning and thinking. And, I had to articulate my position using examples or evidence to support my stance.
My mind was challenged when I had to memorize a bible verse and recite it. This activity taught me the basics of memorization and recital.
I got a good sense of number valuation and counting based on illustrations and demonstrations. For example: There is 1 God: Earth was created in 7 days: Moses wrote the 10 Commandments: The great flood lasted 40 days: Methuselah died at 969: 5 loaves and 2 fishes fed 5,000: and Jesus rose on day 3.
I loved that Sunday school promoted personal development. It trained in character, citizenship, leadership, morals, and values. Consequently, I applied WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) principles in situations that seemed tough and required a lot of discernment.
Sunday school always ended with a call to action. I was asked to do something in the week that related to the lesson. Here is where I acquired a passion for mission work and civic participation.
Sunday school was a place where I was transformed. I fellowshipped, learned life lessons, increased my intellectual competency, and developed a desire to serve others. More so, Sunday school was a training ground for becoming productive in the church and society.