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Sunday school on the move

In this Minnesota congregation, students rotate through workshops

It took one question to set things in motion at St. James Lutheran Church: "What have we got to lose?" That's what Sheryl Bousu, director of Christian education for the Burnsville, Minn., congregation, said about beginning a new kind of Sunday school.

Less than four months later, GAPP (Grace and Promise People), based on the workshop and rotation model, began. Almost immediately Sunday school attendance increased by 15 percent, and participation in the after-church program by junior- and senior-high school students more than doubled. And adults started volunteering in record numbers.


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