Sabbath School Ministries

Director

Darryl Howard
Phone: 404-792-0535, ext. 125
Fax: 678-701-0812

Departmental Secretary

Teresa Hairston
Phone: 404-792-0535, ext. 113
Fax: 678-701-0812

The role of Sabbath School Ministries

  • Communicate with the members and employees on behalf of the South Atlantic Conference Administration.
  • Communicate with communities throughout the South Atlantic Conference territory about the Seventh-day Adventist Church either directly or indirectly through local church communication directors.
  • Serve as a resource for pastors, local church leaders, and Conference departmental directors and support staff.

Responsibilities

The main role of the Sabbath School Superintendent, also known in some churches as the Sabbath School Coordinator, is to facilitate the four goals of Sabbath School. Assistants may be chosen to work with the Superintendent.
The Sabbath School Superintendent chairs the Sabbath School Committee (also known as Sabbath School Council), which is responsible to the Church Board. Approval of plans, programs, projects and implementation of policies are the responsibility of the Sabbath School Committee. All Assistant Division Leaders, Small Group Family (class) Leaders, Musicians, and Greeters report to their Division Leader.
The Sabbath School Superintendent works closely with the Sabbath School Secretary in keeping records, and with the Sabbath School Committee in recruiting and training Teachers, developing programming, managing the finances allocated by the local church for Sabbath School Divisions and organizing itself in such a way that its four purposes are fulfilled (see the list of Recommended Resources for more information on each of these topics). In some churches, the work of the Sabbath School Superintendent is accomplished by multiple Assistant Superintendents working together to fill this role. In those situations, there are two main ways for the groups to organize: 1. Each Superintendent is assigned a certain number of programs during the year and plans all activities for those Sabbaths. Or… 2. Each Superintendent takes charge of a different aspect of Sabbath School and plans activities within that area of responsibility for the entire year. For example, one person is in charge of world missions emphasis, another is responsible for special music and features, and another coordinates special days such as Thirteenth Sabbath and Community Guest Day.
In some churches, the work of the Sabbath School Superintendent is accomplished by multiple Assistant Superintendents working together to fill this role. In those situations, there are two main ways for the groups to organize:

  1. Each Superintendent is assigned a certain number of programs during the year and plans all activities for those Sabbaths. 2. Each Superintendent takes charge of a different aspect of Sabbath School and plans activities within that area of responsibility for the entire year. For example, one person is in charge of world missions emphasis, another is responsible for special music and features, and another coordinates special days such as Thirteenth Sabbath and Community Guest Day. or,
  2. Each Superintendent takes charge of a different aspect of Sabbath School and plans activities within that area of responsibility for the entire year. For example, one person is in charge of world missions emphasis, another is responsible for special music and features, and another coordinates special days such as Thirteenth Sabbath and Community Guest Day.

Resources