On September 7, Ed Stetzer hosted an online conference for small church leaders. Brother Ed is an ardent supporter of small churches and his heart for the small church was certainly demonstrated by this online conference. I was only able to watch the conference online for a couple of hours but for the most part, what I saw was very helpful.
One part I saw, though, I did not find very helpful. During the panel discussion time, one young pastor was asked by Philip Nation why they moved from Sunday School to small groups in the home. This young pastor said that they found that Sunday School was antiquated and most of their people who went to Sunday School didn’t know why they were there. (emphasis mine) He went on to say their small groups were much more successful than Sunday School. After this young man spoke, Philip Nation was quick to say that Sunday School was still vital in many churches. After all, Lifeway sells a lot of Sunday School literature.
According to the freedictionary.com, the word “antiquated,” means “too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; outmoded; very old, aged; outmoded, obsolete.” Is this young pastor correct in his assessment that Sunday School is obsolete?