For years I have led curriculum-free adult Sunday school classes. When this concept is first introduced, people are a little resistant about not having a little Sunday school booklet to direct the class. However, they soon get caught up in the Holy Spirit’s activity.
1) Choose the book of the Bible that the group wants to study.
2) Have someone read a section (usually a few paragraphs).
3) Let people make comments, ask questions, and share their insights with one another.
4) Make sure the leader serves a facilitator (not as a lecturer or booklet reader) and gives everybody the opportunity to share. One way to do this is to set a two or three-minute time limit on comments. Another way is to occasionally say: “Now let’s let someone who hasn’t shared yet have a turn.
It is that simple. But don’t let the simplicity keep you from trying curriculum-free Sunday school — it is very powerful. The Holy Spirit shows up and ordinary people become eloquent and full of spiritual wisdom. Try it.
If you want to experience curriculum-free adult Sunday school in action, we have a class at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207 on Sundays at 9:30 am. (Currently we are going through Ephesians.) Come and check it out sometime.