We were having struggles with our Sunday School. We had the traditional Sunday School time (before the morning worship service) for years. We tried several different things over time to try to get people interested in attending. But more often than not by the beginning of 2012, the entire Sunday School attendance normally consisted of the 2 pastors and their families (total of 5 people), and sometimes one or two other people each week.
We were at the same time beginning to see several people ages upper 20's to low 30's attend our services more and more--and we even had several people join the congregation. When we talked to one of the young adults about what would help make him want to attend Sunday School, he mentioned not having to get up as early on Sundays, since it was usually his only opportunity to sleep in. We also noticed that after the services, a number of people often hung around visiting for 30 minutes or more, after which time many of them went out to eat lunch.
The suggestion was made to change "Sunday School" from before the service to a "Bible Study" discussion after the service, with the discussion being based on the message that was preached during the service. Along with the Bible Study, we also have a lite lunch.
We started this format on the final Sunday of February. Since that time, generally at least 75% of the people who have attended the worship service have stayed for the lite lunch/Bible Study.
This may not work for everyone, but it is something that appears to be working for our congregation, and I just thought I would share the info here in case something such as this might be an attractive option for other congregations.