Posted: 10/22/19 at 3:30pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
Note to reader: This blog post is the sixth in a weekly series and contains excerpts from Ken Braddy’s book, Breathing Life into Sunday School.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8 NIV)
Do you understand the “why” behind Sunday School and small groups in your church? What does a “win” look like? How do you celebrate the “win?” That is a key point in revitalizing: letting people know when they are moving in the right direction!
Here are some thoughts from Ken’s book in bold:
Clarifying the win helps group members say no. If they understand expectations, they will focus on what is the “why” and not agree to activities by the group that do not reflect the “win.”
Clarifying the win helps you set a budget. Bible study materials and training are essential if your why is discipling others.
Clarifying the win helps you evaluate and adjust. This is essential to help group leaders and Sunday School teachers evaluate how they are doing.
On a second note, how do you clarify the win for your church?
Decide what winning looks like for your Sunday School/small groups. What is your church’s vision and mission statement? How does that clarify a win for you? Pray. Check with staff and key leaders. Do you have a clear and easy-to-remember win?
Communicate what winning looks like every chance you get. Many of us need many reminders! When you meet with teachers and small group leaders, reiterate the vision and what a win looks like.
Clarify the win through a teacher/small group leader covenant. Have a list of 3-7 items that are expected. We had a covenant in some of my churches to clarify what is expected. They would sign the covenant at the beginning of every church year in worship.
If we are to revitalize Sunday School/small groups and discipleship, we must know what we are aiming for! Otherwise we are “blown to and fro” without any real direction.