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Teaching the College-age Class in Tempe, Arizona

How We Filled the Seats at an Empty Table

From the September 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"CONGRATULATIONS, you've been appointed by the Board to teach the college-age class," the Sunday School superintendent cheerfully announced.

Great. Except for one detail—no students. It wasn't that there weren't any names in the attendance book, but when I tracked down parents or kids to get details, the answers came back: "He's too old" ... "She got bored" ... "Oh, I'm working" ... "I'm too deep into my studies and sports." I felt a little like one of the children of Israel—asked to make bricks without the essential element of straw.

But one day while driving around town, I got to thinking. Our church is in the same city as Arizona State University, which had 50,000 students. The Phoenix area includes a large community college system with several two-year colleges, plus assorted technical schools. And there had to be an abundance of eighteen to nineteen-year-olds who worked and didn't attend school. Surely there were enough young people to make up at least one Sunday School class.

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