Google “Sunday School in Decline” and you’ll see some articles decrying the “decline.”
But according to a Barna Survey, it’s not true.
In fact, Sunday School attendance has increased ever so slightly across America from 1991 to 2006, and kept pace with U.S. population growth.
What’s sad, however, is another Barna survey result that shows pastors’ declining support for Sunday School. Regarding Sunday school prioritization, in 2005 just 1 in every 7 Senior Pastors (15%) considers Sunday school to be one of their church’s highest priorities. This represents a significant drop from previous years – 2002 was the high point, when 22% of pastors named it as a top priority in their church.
Lucky for Sunday School, the Holy Spirit can work around 78% of the dumb pastors!
You can see more discussion about these stats at Josh Hunt’s blog.