Okay, I am officially not impressed. WITHOUT NAMING THE PROGRAM, lest I stir up a real hornet's nest, let me note that I have looked up Oklahoma Baptists' latest attempt to
I didn't really think I would be. I have been involved in Sunday School for a long time now. Been to the seminars, Glorieta Tulsa Style an' all that, been to the teaching/training sessions offered at individual churches, completed coursework, read books, and let me tell you in all sincerity, there is really only so much ground you can cover. The horse was beaten to death long ago. I ceased hearing new material years ago. Just like the reality is that there are only so many ways the body can move, the reality is that there are only so many ways you can do/use/abuse Sunday School. The reality is that you can, if you are at all interested, learn every cotton-pickin' thing the Oklahoma Baptist General Convention wants you to know about Sunday School in less than a month.
And I'm to believe that the problem is that the Sunday School teachers need more training?
Oklahoma Baptist leadership PERSISTS in acting as though the problem is the people in the pews, specifically, the people in the pews who are or SHOULD BE attending Sunday School classes. Like true ideologues, when things aren't working, they blame execution--that is, OTHER PEOPLE aren't doing it right. If ONLY the Sunday School leadership would just do their jobs right, revival would break out across the state, then the nation. That it hasn't happened that way can be nothing but a CLEAR indicator that Sunday School just isn't being done right, since we all know that problems cannot POSSIBLY come from the pulpit, other ministerial personnel, or possibly state leadership, or brain death in what SHOULD be seminaries but all too often are (judging from the results I've seen) centers for intellectual indoctrination, or un-coped-with demographic shifts.
I have another line of thinking to throw out at you: how long has our current leadership, leadership that certainly hasn't managed to improve Baptist standing in Oklahoma, been in place? The answer, as far as I can tell: sixteen years.
Sixteen years of, as far as I can tell, decline and failure--and we don't consider that we might need a change in leadership! Instead, we conclude that the problem is that Sunday School teachers either haven't had enough training, haven't reviewed the basics sufficiently, just aren't paying attention, aren't executing...or...or...something.
Must be them rascally ol' Sunday School teachers, I'm tellin' you, they just don't know how to do things...