Show Interest in Missing Members

Every superintendent should enlist his fellow officers and the teaching staff in a constant endeavor that will not stop short of enrolling every member of the church in some Sabbath School division.

The first step away from regular Sabbath School attendance may be a step in apostasy, and every officer and teacher should be prayerfully vigilant to detect the very first indication of failing interest. Contact with the absentee should be effected at the earliest possible opportunity. Do not delay to connect by a phone call, a card or letter conveying to the absentee the greetings and concern of the teacher and class, and a desire to see that member back in the class. A personal visit by the teacher or some class member, of course, would be better. If the absentee is ill, send flowers, or a “get well” card. If we would all be kind and courteous, we would not only win more people to Christ but also hold more people in loyalty to the church and to the Sabbath School.

The chronic absentee also demands the attention of Sabbath School officers and teachers. In many of our churches there are considerable numbers of church members who are not Sabbath School members. Perhaps our lack of interest in them is the reason. If we expect people to become interested in the Sabbath School, then the Sabbath School must become interested in people. Systematic, persistent, tactful, and loving effort along this line will be richly rewarded.

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19, 20).

Sabbath School Leaflets, pp. 6-9, Adapted.

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