I have a confession to make. One of my favorite tv shows is Duck Dynasty, and I am mesmerized with Uncle Si! Today I am going to share some of Si’s quotes from the show and his appearance at the Catalyst conference last week in Atlanta as a way to have some fun and share some practical tips for Sunday School as well!
Look here… I have heard Si make this comment many times at the beginning of an important point he wants to make. What he is saying is “listen up”. We live in a society where people are contemplating what they want to say while another person is speaking. Teachers, take time to listen. Make sure you have time to hear what every person in the class has to say. Don’t rush the conversation. Often it is in moments when another shares that God is revealed. If you don’t get all the facts about the lesson in, it is okay as long as life application happens.
On a second thought about “look here,” we are visual learners. I don’t remember a time that I didn’t have a television. Though I learn by listening and discussion, a picture or video clip evokes new meaning for life application by drawing on past experiences and emotions. When I see a picture tied to the truth for today, it helps me conceptualize the experience. Look for video clips from God Tube, movies and other places to add to the Bible study experience.
At Catalyst Si said the following, “The whole TV networks are just pulling their hair out trying to figure out why Duck Dynasty is such a big hit. They leave out the God factor. Don’t forget the God factor. Often we feel inadequate to teach certain Scriptures. Remember: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV) God is in the midst of reading God’s Word. Allow the Holy Spirit to help each person read and discuss the passage. We are not doing it alone!
Perhaps my favorite line of Si is: “That’s a fact Jack!” Do you know some of the practical facts about outreach and inreach?
On average it takes 13 contacts to get one new person to Bible study. Keep asking, inviting and caring!
If a person misses three Sundays in a row, there is a 50% chance they will not be back. Care groups are important for this reason. Assign care group leaders four or five members of the class to care for and check on. Caring makes a difference!
For every new Bible study started and done right, you will add ten new members to Sunday School. If you want to grow your Sunday School, you need new classes/groups.
At Catalyst, Si also shared this wisdom: “I’m like a fine-tuned race car. After I go 7-8 times around the track, I need a pit stop. That’s why I drink tea.” Yes, you have to laugh at this one, but it reminded me that Sunday School is not just about the teaching and caring, but your facilities. Do you have clean (not cluttered) space? Do you have adequate bathroom facilities for men and women? Here are some things to consider about your bathroom facilities:
Do you have bathrooms specifically designed for preschool and children? Remember adult bathrooms have sinks and toilets that may be too high for children.
Do you have the following in adult bathrooms?
Do you have a place to set your Bible, quarterly and/or purse?
Do you have a place to hang a coat? Do you have a mirror?
Do you have air fresheners and adequate toiletry supplies? Are the restrooms clean and sanitary? Remember everything says something to a visitor!
Let me know if you want more information about how to enhance facilities. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
At Catalyst, Si also said the following about the success of Duck Dynasty:
“The Almighty is directing this and He is going to take Duck Dynasty where He wants it to go and who He wants it to go to.”
Remember not to be discouraged by who does or doesn’t show up. Be faithful to care for the members and prospects whether they are there on Sunday or not. Teach the ones who show up and don’t lament in front of the class ones who are not there. Be faithful. God will be present. That’s a fact Jack!
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20 NIV)