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Childrey Baptist Church Reaches Out with Drive-in Worship

About two weeks ago I was talking to a group of pastors about the coronavirus outbreak and what that might mean for churches. Rev. Jerry Stanfield from Childrey Baptist in Nathalie, VA, was in that meeting. We talked about live streaming options for worship, including Facebook Live. A pastor commented: “Most of my people don’t have computers or WiFi.” I then remembered another option. At a church I used to serve, they offered a live Nativity every year with persons sitting in their cars, listening through their car radios, and watching the scenes on the hill above. They used an AM radio transmitter that transmitted only in the church parking lot.

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BGAV Churches Collaborate, Bringing Kingdom Moments

Rustburg Baptist has been doing their firewood ministry since 2004, according to our records. They were doing this as a church vision and wondered where all of the wood would come from. They worked hard to get wood to families who use wood as their only heat source. They met once a month from September to March on a Saturday to cut wood and send it out to families who needed it. John and his wife, Ruth, would spend days taking wood to families, and sometimes that was 150 miles a day. Jimmy Cole also would deliver wood during the week.

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Missional Renaissance and Sunday School/Discipleship

Missional is an overused word in our society. It is focused about being on mission specifically for God in our context, but not everyone uses it that way. Renaissance is perhaps not as familiar. It is about awakening. It is about discovering something new. Though what I am sharing is not new, it has been lost for some generations.

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Reaching Baby Boomers in Sunday School/Small Groups

So many of our churches are trying to figure out how to reach the Millennial generation (born between 1980-2000)—currently the second largest generation in the US. Many churches are more geared to reach the Baby Boomer generation (born 1946-1964), which is now the third largest generation. Your church might find it helpful to research the population in your area to see which generations are most represented.

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Sunday School and the New Year

As we begin the New Year, what is God doing in your Sunday School? What vision have you received? Though I know some have begun planning based on a fall schedule, most adults consider January 1 to be a time to set New Year’s resolutions. Why not take advantage of it?

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Revitalize Your Sunday School: Adopt a Philosophy

Loving God with all your mind means being in an ongoing Bible study. Pastors, preach it from the pulpit that every follower of Christ who loves God with all their mind needs to be in an ongoing Bible study! You do a great job in helping them grow. A small group Bible study helps them ask questions about life application to scripture. You also should preach that they should reach someone else.

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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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