Sunday School & Discipleship


Why Sunday School?

At the very heart of congregational life in the church, Sunday School plays a vital role in fulfilling the mission of the Church of the Nazarene to make Christlike disciples in the nations.



The mission of Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) is to carry out the Great Commission to children, youth, and adults in preparation for a lifetime of being and making Christlike disciples in the nations.



  • To be a people of prayer, engaged in the Word, making Christlike disciples.
  • To intentionally develop relationships with unreached people so that they become Christlike disciples making Christlike disciples.
  • To teach the Word of God to children, youth, and adults so that they are saved, sanctified wholly, and maturing in Christian experience that results in a life of compassion, evangelism, Christian education, and disciple making.
  • To encourage everyone to faithfully engage in a discipleship ministry such as Sunday school/Bible studies, small groups, and other disciple-making ministries.



  • To reach the largest number of unchurched people for Christ and the church,
  • bringing them into fellowship,
  • teaching the Word of God effectively, and encompassing their salvation;
  • teaching the doctrines of the Christian faith and
  • developing Christlike character, attitudes, and habits;
  • helping to establish Christian homes;
  • preparing believers for membership in the church and
  • equipping them for appropriate Christian ministries.


(Nazarene Manual ¶ 145.2)


(click region to see info)

Email SDMI Coordinators

Ian Fitzpatrick
Canada (Ambrose)
James Hicks
Central USA (ONU)
Tom Zile
East Central USA (MVNU)
Camelot Shuff
Eastern USA (ENC)
Tom Boese
North Central USA (MNU)
James A. Clifton
Northwest USA (NNU)
C. B. Glidden
South Central USA (SNU)
Matt Hastings
Southeast USA (TNU)
David Caudle
Southwest USA (PLNU)



Educational Region

SDMI District Chair




Make the Connection
Phone: 913-577-2800

Sunday School & Discipleship Ministries International
17001 Prairie Star Parkway
Lenexa, KS, USA 66220