Posted: 10/15/19 at 4:00pm. Post by Tony Brooks.
Note to reader: This blog post is the fifth in a weekly series and contains excerpts from Ken Braddy’s book, Breathing Life into Sunday School.
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
Have we forgotten the value of something new? God is doing a new thing always…why do we think that keeping classes and small groups the same is the answer to a stronger discipleship program?
We need to start new groups. For every new group/class you start successfully, you will add 10 new people. (Not all will be in the adult class…some are preschoolers or children.)
Why new groups? Here is a summary of what Ken shares in the bold text. My notes follow:
New groups reach underserved people. Look at the people in the pews Sunday morning and people not in Bible study. They may not feel comfortable in the classes already established. Look at people in the community. Will they feel comfortable in your class group? Most classes are a closed group after two years. They focus on past experiences or use a common language. Where do you need to start new classes/groups based on affinity or age?
New groups enlarge the church. As mentioned before, each new group reaches 10 new people.
New groups encourage people to use their spiritual gifts. Whether they serve as a care group leader, outreach leader, or a potential teacher, people will grow! Every teacher should be mentoring someone to teach. I also suggest that every class from first grade up should have an ongoing service project. Persons will find a place to shine!
New groups create a “Lego factor.” This gives new people a place to relationally connect in ways they haven’t in the past by finding ways to interact with each other.
New groups have positive financial implications for the church. Do the math. New people will mean more money for the church budget.
There is much more to learn, including when to start new classes/groups, from Braddy’s book. The bottom line is this: God is always doing a new thing. Are you ready for what God is doing next?