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Picturing a Special Future

John Trent and Gary Smalley wrote a book many years ago that I think every parent, future parent, and Sunday School teacher should read: The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance. I read it years ago, and it helped me in my personal life as well as challenged me in ways I failed as a parent.Two of the chapters talk about picturing a special future for your child. Words have a powerful impact upon us. Even our names have the power to mold us.

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Tony Brooks: Avoiding Cliques in Sunday School and Small Groups

First, we need to be honest…people gravitate to certain people to build community and to encourage one another in growth in their relationship with Christ. My friend and author, Jim Ailor, would tell you that fact in his book: Life Boats: Friends with Purpose. My lifeboat is a group of guys who text each other often, are there for each other when there is a need, and get together a couple of times a year for an extended peer learning group that includes golf. We all need this deeper focus in our lives. We also need to reach new people—valuing them above ourselves.

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Tony Brooks: Training on the Go

Time is a precious commodity. We all have the same amount of time each day, but many are pulled outside of work and leisure. Some are raising children and involved in their many activities. Some are caring for parents or even grandparents along with doing their everyday work. Though I still think every Sunday School/small group leader should be involved with at least one training event each year, I believe we need to help provide some training on the go!

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School and the Great Commandment

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 I must admit that Sunday School and discipleship in many churches have lost focus and need serious revamping. Here are some of the problems and what I believe the current solution to be.

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School: Missional or Discipleship?

There is an ongoing debate about the validity of Sunday School in the present time. Many people believe that because of the decline in its numbers and its relatively inept function in some churches that Sunday School is dead. I must admit that Sunday School and discipleship in many churches have lost focus and need serious revamping. Here are some of the problems and what I believe the current solution to be.

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