Tuesday, October 14, 2008

St. Stephen Church to Set Super Sunday School Attendance Record

By: Min. Angela Lee Price

Louisville, Kentucky, October 14, 2008: On October 25th & 26th, St. Stephen Church hopes to establish a historical precedent for Sunday school attendance among African American churches with 2,900 attending Sunday school at both Louisville and Southern campuses, at all sessions, in a single weekend.

“Our Super Sunday Celebration will be a historical event,” says St. Stephen Church Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, “because we are striving to achieve the biggest Sunday school attendance among African American churches in America.” Pastor Cosby, who is a strong proponent for Christian Education and the President of Simmons College of Kentucky, will be celebrating his 29th pastoral anniversary October 25th & 26th. He has set the 2,900 attendance goal in an effort to raise the awareness of the congregation to the importance of studying the Word of God through small groups, and to overcome cultural, economic, and traditional barriers plaguing Sunday school attendance within most black churches nationwide.

“Sunday school attendance is on the decline nationwide. Many people perceive it to be an outdated mode for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, or that it has taken a back seat to hi-tech, worship-centered services. Some churches have moved from classes on Sunday mornings to small group settings or don’t have Sunday school at all. St. Stephen church hopes to overcome these barriers and prove that Sunday school is still an essential part of the Christian experience,” says Cosby.

St. Stephen Church, the largest African American church in the state of Kentucky, experienced tremendous growth during the 1990s with an “Every 1 Bring 1” slogan and strong emphasis on Sunday school attendance. Pastor Cosby employs an “intentional growth” Sunday school model currently. Classes are organized with growth in mind having a leadership team in each class. More than 2,900 persons have already committed to be a part of this historic occasion.

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