28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? (Luke 14:28 NIV)
Recently I talked about the value of vision for effective Sunday School and small groups. Vision is essential. As you develop vision, the next step is evaluating your present groups. Now is the time to evaluate with a team that includes the Pastor/Education Minister, SS Director and someone representing the adults, youth, children and preschool classes/groups. There are three areas to consider your strengths and weaknesses:
How are you doing at Reaching new people for your group/class? At the heart of our mission is reaching new people for Christ and discipling them. What are your strengths and weaknesses in this area?
- Are you starting new classes/groups? Don’t wait until a class/group is too large. Plan ahead!!
- Are you intentional about reaching the people in the pew not in a class/group, as well as registering people at special events?
- Are you developing an outreach program for reaching others in the community?
- Are you starting new classes/groups in the community? (This is becoming a much greater effective way to reach the unchurched!
How effective are you Teaching in making disciples? We are called to make disciples, not just teach the Bible.
- Are you seeing spiritual transformation of members?
- Are you using creative teaching styles based on learning approaches? (E-mail me about some documents to help at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Are you facilitating others to discover the truth of God’s Word for their lives?
- Are you getting to life application in your study each time?
- Are you discipling potential teachers? (I hear all the time that we don’t have enough teachers to start a new class. Part of the teachers role is to mentor new teachers.)
How effective are you at Caring for the people in your class/group? People need to know that you care in order for them to care about what you say!
- Do you have care groups to stay in touch and minister to members and prospects? (Contact me about a way to do this at email@example.com)
- SS Directors & Pastors: Are you caring for the teachers and showing appreciation? Dr. Robert Dale always says, “You can’t make a bean plant grow by pulling on it.” Teachers need to be appreciated and shown that they are cared for!
- Remember birthdays, anniversaries including grief anniversaries. Send a note, e-mail or call them.
- Contact members and teachers on a regular basis to ask how to pray for them.