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Tony Brooks: Knowing your Community and Sunday School/Small Groups

Posted: 10/9/18 at 9:30am. Post by Tony Brooks.

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (I Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV)

Let’s be honest. Most Sunday School classes and small groups focus on themselves. That is why many consider Sunday School as dead. Sunday School was always meant to be a missionary and discipleship endeavor. Here are some thoughts:

  • Most classes and small groups are praying for God to keep the saints here longer from going to heaven (and we should pray for healing.) Few pray for ways to help us find people who need to know how to have hope and get to heaven!

What do we need to do? Engage the community and find ways to provide hope. A survey might help. Here are some thoughts:

  1. Where do members hang out in the community? Will you go with them and engage non-members? Find out about their needs.
  2. Ask neighbors, What are the greatest needs for this neighborhood? How can we help you?
  • How can we best serve you?
  • Are you attending a weekly Bible study? If not, what would help you? Give them a list to choose from, like parenting classes, single-parent support, marriage enrichment, or financial classes. (You must be ready to offer if they say yes.) What is the best time to offer these classes?

We must be ready to give an account and be all things to all people. Are you willing to try to reach people who need God?

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