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Dreaming New Dreams for Sunday School/Discipleship

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Posted: 1/31/17 at 4:00 p.m. Post by Tony Brooks

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17 NIV)

I just watched one of my favorite movies, Dead Poets Society. In it we have some who dream dreams and other who are realists. Which one are you? Can we do both as Christians? In this time, God needs us to dream dreams and see visions, as we help others to see a new reality!

Is your Sunday School class/small group realizing what is necessary…Head, Heart and Hands? Here are some thoughts:

Head: Are you looking at your class and their spiritual needs? Has there been any dramatic change in lifestyles based on spiritual transformation for members in the class? Is it time to change curriculum or start a small group at another time? Sunday School is meant to reach new people. It is not to be the only spiritual growth element for discipleship. If most of your members have been in the same class for years and not involved in other spiritual disciplines, it may be time for a change for them.

Heart: Is your group caring for each other? Does every person in your group feel as though they belong and their needs are being met? If not, it is time to set up care groups. Each person needs to feel that they belong, and they are cared for. (Email me for suggestions.)

Hands: Persons in your group need to feel they are contributing to the class and the community. I have stated all along that every class (first grade and up) need to have an ongoing service project. You should be serving in some way outside the class. I have ideas if you need them. Just let me know.

In the world we live in, we need mature disciples who are making a difference in the group and the community. It is time to allow God to help us dream new dreams and see a better future in the group, church and community.

Learn more about ways to move to discipleship through these training events:

Free Sunday School Director Webinar for Thursday, February 16th at 7 p.m. 

Get Your Sunday School Off with a BANG! – Sunday School directors, are you having troubles getting your classes together for planning, sharing and encouragement? In this webinar you will see what Teachers ‘N Training (TNT) can do for your groups to move them forward. (Limited to only 20 participants.)

Register online now!

Deadline to register is February 14.

National Sunday School Directors Training 

Saturday, April 1st from 8:30-3:30 (Registration begins at 8 a.m.) at Calvary Baptist Church (20957 Timberlake Rd. Lynchburg)

There is no cost as Lifeway will pick up the tab.

This is an excellent training. If you do not have a Sunday School Director, pastors or staff can come.

Below is the registration form link. The deadline is March 22nd.

Register online now!

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org.

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