REFLECTION WORKSHOP ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS FROM 21 TO 24 April 21014;
From April 21 to 24 the session about the Sunday Schools was being held at the Village Baptist in Bouaké, under the chairmanship of Pastor Soro Ngana, Deputy Head for training of AEBECI and under the supervision of Mr. Namogo Siriky Yeo, Administrator of AEBECI. The following persons were present at the meeting: representative of the districts, the heads and instructors of Sunday’s schools (see attendance sheet).
At the end of the works, it has been decided the following recommendations:
- Considering the statutes and rules of procedure governing AEBECI,
- Considering the resolutions of AEBECI’s General Assembly, held from 6 to 9 February, 2013, at SALEM center in Napié(KORHOGO),
- Given the vision and the program of deeds proposed by the National President of AEBECI,
- Given the establishment of a department in charge of Sunday’s schools,
- Expresses its joy for the initiative of AEBECI which aims at organizing the Sunday’s Schools.
- Thanks all those who take part in these meetings.
- Recommends the adoption of measures to achieve this above-specified action.
ACTIONS LINKED TO THE ORGANIZATION OF THE SUN-SCHOOL
- (The session) suggests that: – the objective assigned to Sunday School is to lead children to Christ, make them disciples and who should be able to positively impact the society. To do this, the program and the Sunday school activities must take into account the evangelization, edification and socio-professional integration of the child.
- Suggests that: – Sunday’s Schools activities should be coordinated by a National Management.
- – this Directorate should be funded by grant from AEBECI, contribution of churches, aid applications, special collections, donations, and bequests.
- Demands that: – each church should supply the Sunday school with administrative documents (notebook, appeal book, and registry for monitor to sign in).
- – AEBECI should make as soon as possible pedagogical and didactic documents.
- Instructs those who are accountable for Sunday school department to propose common textbooks, while those typical of AEBECI are being edited.
- Demands that all the organisers of Sunday’s schools namely the church, the pastor, parents, and AEBECI should play their role.
- Suggests that the recruitment of a monitor should be subject to conditions and procedure.
- Insists that churches should continuously train monitors.
CONCERNING THE MANAGEMENT MEASURES RELATED TO SUNDAY SCHOOL
- The session recommends that: – children should be taken into account in the framework of Sunday School, from 4 to 18 year-old. Children under 04 and those over 18 can be accepted at a special level. They will have five levels’ training career, if need be; levels are subject to evaluations. Before having access to the service in the church, they will be interviewed and they will receive a certificate during a ceremony.
- – each monitor must have some qualities as described in 1 Timothy 3: 1-7.*
- Requires each monitor to be a good example in all things.
AS FOR THE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS
- The audience: – congratulate the President of AEBECI and his staff for the initiatives they have undertaken and pray for the Lord to give them spiritual, human and financial resources to implement these initiatives.
- – want all the faithful to be mobilized through prayer and to be available to provide support of any kind to perform these provisions.
- – encourage the BEN of AEBECI to undertake any positive collaboration with the State authorities of the Baptist Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as foreign countries’ partners who can facilitate its efforts so that the work of the Lord can evolve in Côte d’Ivoire; and promote AEBECI through children’s evangelism and training.
- – appeal churches to invest so as to supervise children through the Sunday school.
- They suggest that other seminars should be organized on different aspects and issues related to Sunday schools.
- They also propose the drafting of internal regulations of the Sunday school.
Bouaké, April 24, 2014