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Tony Brooks: Four Essentials to Move to the Next Level for Sunday School/Small Groups

Posted: 8/14/18 at 10:25am. Post by Tony Brooks.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? (Luke 14:28 NIV)

Don’t we all need to count the cost of being a follower of Jesus in the church? Being a follower requires us to dig deep.

In Jesus’ day and beyond, followers were open to losing their lives. Most of us don’t experience their pain and suffering. Are we willing to sacrifice to help Sunday School classes and small groups reach new people?

Mark Chaves, Professor of Sociology of Religion at Duke University, wrote Congregations in America, and in it he shares the following ideas about what churches need. I believe the same is true for Sunday School and small groups in this ever-changing world.

We need leaders! We need people to step up to teach or become an outreach leader, care group leader, or secretary. In our fast-paced world, we have a lot of people not willing to accept a one-year commitment. Find those who are. Make adjustments for those who can’t. We need leaders who others will follow in whatever time they can offer.

We need members! The Great Commission requires all of us to reach new people! This is not a suggestion from Jesus, but a command. What are you doing to reach new members for your class or small group?

We need money! Most churches’ budgets are focused on maintenance. Businesses will not survive without research and development. What part of your church’s budget is used for outreach? Are you connecting new people at these events for Sunday School classes or small groups? If you have an outreach event, there should be registration for classes/small groups to follow up.

We need mission! Every member needs to realize that we are about the Great Commission. Otherwise, we have a country club mentality. How are you sharing the mission of Sunday School and small groups? We should always start with the “why?”

If you want to learn more about ways to make an impact, come join us at this event:

Come see us for a Small Church Conference on Saturday, August 25 at Grace Hills Baptist Church. Click here for more details. The deadline to register is August 16. This will be well worth your time as we look to move to the next level.

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. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7