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Tony Brooks: Training on the Go

Posted: 1/29/19 at 1:00pm. Post by Tony Brooks.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

Time is a precious commodity. We all have the same amount of time each day, but many are pulled outside of work and leisure. Some are raising children and involved in their many activities. Some are caring for parents or even grandparents along with doing their everyday work. Though I still think every Sunday School/small group leader should be involved with at least one training event each year, I believe we need to help provide some training on the go! Here are some ideas:

Provide a technology outlet to learn. Not all, but most people, have technology either by phone or computer. Why not set up a way for teachers and workers to communicate throughout the week and learn from each other? Set up a closed Facebook page for your teachers. Provide commentaries, videos, and stories tied to the scripture for each Sunday. If Facebook won’t work, set up an email grouping by age group or use some other technology or platform. Why are teachers on their own? Years ago there was a Wednesday night weekly workers meeting where someone would provide some commentary and other resources for the lesson on Sunday. Not many are willing to make that commitment. Use technology to assist you.

Discover webinars or make your own. There are many programs like Go To Meeting that you can use to do a webinar at a time that fits your workers. You can also check out our webinars that are recorded at: https://bgav.org/sundayschool/teach/

Here are two coming up in February:

  • Developing and Sustaining Young Adult Ministry: During this webinar we will discuss helpful steps local churches can take towards establishing and strengthening their discipleship efforts with young adults. We will explore how and where to start as well as how to keep a long-haul view in mind in order to grow the young adult community in both size and depth. https://bgav.org/events/developing-sustaining-young-adult-ministries-free-webinar/ Rev. Welford Orrock, BGAV’s Kairos Collegiate/Young Adult Coordinator, will lead this free webinar.
  • Effective Evangelism through Sunday School: Learn how Sunday School classes can become more effective in evangelism. Rev. Roger Roller, Minister of Residence for Evangelism, will lead this session. Here is the link: https://bgav.org/events/effective-evangelism-through-sunday-school-free-webinar/

Provide a one-page motivational piece to hand out. I have several Sunday School Directors who will take part of my blog along with things they want to communicate. They will hand it out every Sunday morning as a motivational piece for their leaders. They are receiving a lot of positive comments.

Our website provides a lot of help. I have job descriptions, webinars, blogs, and pages for all leaders in Sunday School that could easily translate for small group leaders as well. Here is the link: https://bgav.org/sundayschool/

As I often say, you have one of the most important callings in the world as you disciple others with God’s Word. We must keep learning to do so.

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