"What good is it if you hear the Word, but don't do it?" James asks. Yet too often we are content in our Sunday school classes simply to hear or discuss a good lesson, with little attempt to put it into practice in our day-to-day lives. As it has often been said, "You must inspect what you expect." Do you take time in your class to "inspect" your students' lives for evidence of how they are applying God's Word?
Yes, many might shy away from such practice, thinking it invasive. Yet we have good precedent for such a practice. In 1729 Charles Wesley began and John led a group called the Holy Club, which was rigorous in its expectations for its members. Close, personal questions were asked often to gauge the members' spiritual life. Later, similar groups - Methodist societies - were formed, which became the backbone of the Methodist church. (http://www.ctlibrary.com/ch/1983/issue2/216.html)
How can you begin to introduce a level of accountability in your class?