From 1931 to 1933, Henrietta Mears grew her church's youth and adult classes from 450 to 4,500! She built one of the largest Sunday School ministries in the world and her curriculum became so highly demanded that she founded a publishing company - Gospel Light. Now Henrietta shares her passion, knowledge and experience in this never before published book to help Sunday School leaders today refocus their vision and revive their ministry. Revealing why your Sunday school program is the greatest investment your church can make to reach the next generation, Henrietta Mears offers practical tools for effective outreach--from organizing and evaluating your ministry to recruiting and training teachers--so that your ministry can impact your world. 224 pages, hardcover from Regal.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 224 Vendor: Regal Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches) ISBN: 0830764070 ISBN-13: 9780830764075 Availability: In Stock
In three years, 1931-1933, Henrietta Mears grew Hollywood Presbyterian Churchs Sunday School from 450 to 4,500 children, youth and adults. Dr. Mears not only knew the Bible, as generations of readers of What the Bible Is All About can attest, she also knew the supreme importance of Sunday School for forming the next generation in Christ. In this never-before-published book, Dr. Mears shows church leaders why Sunday School is the greatest investment their church can make to reach the next generation for Christ, and offers practical tools for organizing and training leaders for effective Sunday School outreach. Why is Sunday School big business? Because it is Gods business.
HENRIETTA C. MEARS was one of the great Bible teachers of the 20th century. While Christian Education Director at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, she built one of the largest Sunday Schools in the world and wrote curriculum that was in such high demand that to publish it, she founded Gospel Light in 1933. Such notable Christian leaders as Richard C. Halverson, Luis Evans, Jr. and Bill Bright were among her students. Billy Graham said of Dr. Mears, "Her enthusiasm for the Lord Jesus Christ was contagious."Miss Mears went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 20, 1963.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Henrietta Mears: "There is no magic in small plans. When I consider my ministry, I think of the world. Anything less than that would not be worthy of Christ nor of His will for my life."
Somewhere in the midst of the conversation, confusion, and debate, the value of Sunday School has been lost. Do you realize that a person in a Sunday School class is five times more likely to be assimilated and discipled in a church than a person who attends worship only? Did you know that Sunday School increases biblical literacy and encourages personal Bible study? Are you aware that churches with the healthiest Sunday School organizations are likely the healthiest churches evangelistically?
The evidence of the efficacy of Sunday School is clear if not overwhelming. Yet for many church leaders, its not edgy or cool. And it therefore is devalued and minimized.
Henrietta Mears will bring back our passion for Sunday School. Though she has been with the Lord for a half a century, her words are fresh and powerful. Read this book and be inspired. Read this book and be educated. Read this book and be challenged. Read this book, implement the principles, and see how Sunday School can truly change the world.
Dr. Thom S. Rainer President and CEO LifeWay Christian Resources