On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17 NIV)
Let’s first admit that we are all sinners. We need to confess each day, that it is only through the grace of God through Jesus Christ that we find acceptance. With that being said, we are called to help others know this truth. How can Sunday School/Small Groups help?
- Develop a prospect list of the unchurched to share with classes/small groups and let these groups know. They need to provide social events and service projects to invite new people. I can share many ways to do this as well as how to set up a prospect file (e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Enlist prospects for Bible study/small groups. The chances of an unchurched person becoming a Christian is exponentially more if they are in a small group/Bible study than in worship only. It has been proven that for every 13 unchurched in your Sunday School/Small Groups, you will see one new Christian every year (minimum). You will not see the same results from persons who come to worship only. Register people at every event you have.
- Make sure authentic community is the most important part of what you do. People want to know you care. Set up care groups to help (e-mail me if you have not set up this care group idea.) Please hear me! Do not try to care to get people. Many will read through your attempts! You need to show genuine love as Christ did.
- Serve your community outside the walls around you! This is a must! You will reach new prospects as you do so. You will have young adults and others willing to check your class out. (Again the motive must be pure. It is about loving the community and helping human need, not reaching new people.) New people will simply want to know your “why”!
- Find ways to help people see the love of Christ each class/session and beyond. People want to see the love of Christ through you, but you still must share how to accept that love. Make sure you are ready to do so.