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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 10: Follow Up Fanatically

It is sad to say, but Walmart does a better job of welcoming people than many churches! They have assigned parking for people with disabilities and for expectant mothers. They have a greeter at each door. They smile and say, “Welcome to Walmart,” and provide stickers for children. Any employee is ready to help you find what you need. They smile when you leave and provide a warm goodbye. Following up with first-time guests at church and creating a comfortable environment is critical in this culture!

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 9: Know Key Numbers

Numbers do matter! Ask sports teams about sabermetrics and analytics. Since 2001, when Manager Billy Beane of the Oakland As started using them to have a competitive MLB team, sports teams in the colleges and pros use numbers to increase their chances of winning. Sunday School specialists have been using certain numbers to increase the overall health of churches since long before 2001!

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 8: Enroll Your Guests

In a day when people are wondering about the chaos and challenges in our world and their personal lives, I believe we have GOOD NEWS to share and to show! All of us are called to encourage others to hear God’s Word and make disciples. How do we help each class member know their responsibility? Practice open enrollment and show them how!

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 7: Downsize for Discipleship

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose twelve? We could take the biblical symbol as twelve representing the twelve tribes of Israel. We could say that it represents a complete number in biblical times. We know that Jesus had many other followers. He could have spent his three years speaking in colosseums and amphitheaters the entire time.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 4: Train Your Leaders

Training/continuing education is expected in most jobs. Sunday School teachers, small group leaders and others who share from God’s Word have a big responsibility to help others discover faith in God and put it into practice (life transformation). I suggest that what happens in their classroom/small group meeting may have a more lasting impact than any profession!

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 3: Give it the Attention it Deserves

The third step to revitalize our Sunday School is giving Sunday School and discipleship the attention they need to flourish with mature disciples who then disciple others to be mature disciples. Whatever we choose to do in life with excellence requires our attention. Whether it is in school, the workplace, our family, our health, or our spiritual growth, they require our attention. When we are attentive, we are aware of what is needed. When we are aware, we begin to set goals and make action plans to succeed.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 1: Creative Teaching

To let the message of Christ dwell among you as you teach, perhaps you need to follow Jesus’ example. As shared by my friend, Ken Braddy, in his new book, Breathing Life into Sunday School: 12 Essentials to Revive your Most Important Ministry, Jesus taught in a variety of ways.

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Revitalize!

On Saturday, August 24, at Heritage Baptist Church in Farmville, we saw God at work at the Revitalize! Conference.

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Seeing New Possibilities

I am getting older each day. I realize my days ahead are statistically fewer in the future than my days before now. I have been dealing with a bad cold for over a week. I realize that I am overweight and have health issues. Perhaps that has called me to consider what happens afterwards here. As I consider my trip to heaven, what have I done to bring God’s Kingdom to Earth?

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Dream Big, and the Least of These

Sunday School/Bible study should lead our members to see people with God’s eyes. Some in our society discern whether to care or not based on socio-economic level, race, and appearance.We are called to look at the heart and see every person as a child of God. Though some may not feel comfortable at first coming to your church for Bible study, they may join you for a home Bible study or one in their community. First, they need to see you care—with Jesus’ compassion. When you do, you are ministering to Jesus himself, whether they come to your church or not.

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Four Lessons from “The Lion King”

Just a week ago, I had a chance to see the new Lion King movie. It reminded me of lessons that I learned from the original movie, so I’ve decided it is time to share those. What are some of the lessons we can learn and share in Sunday School and Small Groups?

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