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Old 07-13-2004, 07:07 PM
narnia33 narnia33 is offline
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I attend a small country church. Our adult Sunday School classes are called: Young Adult, Adult and Senior Adult. The Young Adult, supposedly ages 21-30, do not want to move up and are now ages 21- about 45. The Adults, supposedly aged 31-50, don't want to move up and now that class includes persons that are mostly 50+. The Senior Adult class consists of people in their 70s and 80s+.
I was wondering how other churches divide and name their Sunday School classes. Our "Adult" class members don't want to move up because they don't want to be called seniors. Our Young Adults, who are now in their 40's, don't want to move up to their parent's class. Our youth also don't want to move up to the Young Adults because their parents are still stuck there!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-13-2004, 07:34 PM
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I have discovered in our church that the people just do not want to move from one class to another. They like the one that they are in.

We have Adult I, Adult II, Adult III Departments and then there are classes in each Department.
These classes are divided by ages. The Adult III
(Senior Adults) have a Lydia Class and a Sarah Class.

Now you will find 79 year olds in the Adult II ladies class, 90 year olds in the Lydia Class, and 90 year olds in the Sarah Class.

My class is the Lydia Class and it should be 59 years to 70 years, but we have several who are 80 and one 91 year old.

I really don't think you can solve the problem with adults. If they don't want to promote, they don't promote.

Just add another level of clases at the lower age or the higher age and I don't think it is anything to be concerned about.
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Old 07-13-2004, 08:04 PM
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How about this suggestion: Each quarter offer 3 or 4 diverse Bible studies. Any adult could attend any class. Then the next quarter, start from scratch again. Anotherwards, each quarter, there would be different people in each class.
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