When Dr. Henrietta Mears began her ministry in Hollywood, California, in the 1930s, she was facing several challenges. Sixty percent of children at the time were not attending a church of any sort. Fewer than fifteen percent of children who attended Sunday School ever made a decision to follow Jesus. Youth in their early college years were walking away from faith at an unprecedented rate. Church attendance across the United States was experiencing a decline instead of growth.
In response to the crisis, Dr. Mears instituted a set of principles that helped grow the Sunday School program at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood from 450 to more than 4,000 in just three years. In Sunday School Changes Everything,
you will find her fearless recommendations on how to
- Build your church’s Christian education program both numerically and spiritually
- Use practical methods for training your leaders and teaching students of all stages of life
- Implement five ingredients of successful ministry: Jesus, the Bible, relationships, a comprehensive plan, and life change
- Employ 10 standards of a good curriculum that will help you answer the question of what to teach