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2008 David Francis Sunday School columns

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What teachers need and want

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Every Sunday School leader and worker can do a better job. Even though most of them would acknowledge that in reality, it is still difficult to get Sunday School teachers to attend training.

Ways to make guests feel unwelcome

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--April Fool's Day is behind us, but it is still close enough for some people -- like me -- to slip in some tongue-in-cheek jesting.

Reaching Sunday School goals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--There is one irreducible law of church growth: start new units. That is, start new groups, new classes, new ministry teams, new missions, new churches.

10 ‘excuses’ for new Sunday School classes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--At a conference held last year at LifeWay, Rich Smith, minister of discipleship at First Baptist Church in Ellisville, Mo., asked for input on starting classes that match teaching and learning styles.

Effective Sunday School leaders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When it comes to maintaining a vital relationship with the Lord, Sunday School leaders never graduate from the spiritual disciplines prescribed through the ages for all Christians:

Is dated curriculum, well, dated?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Some people think dated Sunday School curriculum is sort of, well, out of date. In case you're not sure what I mean by "dated" curriculum, I'm simply referring to the materials that have long been called "quarterlies" ...

LifeWay’s Francis joins first-person lineup

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Despite the trends and variations seen within churches today, one thing rarely changes, says David Francis, director of Sunday School for LifeWay Christian Resources. Sunday School is the backbone of a healthy church.