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Sabbath School Compared to Sunday School
Adventist churches are nearly twice as likely as other faiths in America to have a regular Sabbath School or Sunday School or similar religious education program for children and adults. More than 99% of Adventist local churches have Sabbath School each week, while only 53% of the local congregations of all religions have Sunday School or a similar program each week.

This is a major strength of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Dr. Win Arn and other church growth researchers working across many denominations have shown that congregations that have regular religious education programs are more likely to have significant growth. The research shows that this is especially true for those congregations that have a regular adult religious education program.

Research also shows that the better the attendance at the religious education program, the more likely a congregation is to grow. This is one reason why it is important to have a strong, vibrant Sabbath School, perhaps making changes to increase attendance if it has fallen off because the program is boring and not meeting the needs.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does attendance at our Sabbath School compare with worship attendance?

2. What are the strengths of our children's Sabbath School? What are its weaknesses?

3. What are the strengths of our youth Sabbath School? What are its weaknesses?

4. What are the strengths of our adult Sabbath School? What are its weaknesses?

5. Are there specific things that we ought to do to strengthen our Sabbath School and make it a greater asset to our church growth strategy?

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