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Disciple-making pathways
May19

Disciple-making pathways

Any Southern Baptist that reads their Bible or just hangs out in church knows that the core mission of the church is to make disciples. Making disciples is the primary mission of the Great Commission and the main ingredient of the church. However, making disciples does not magically happen. Disciple-making must be done intentionally, so the question becomes: does your church have an intentional plan to make disciples? The following...

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Does your Sunday School class have ‘group halitosis’?
Aug12

Does your Sunday School class have ‘group halitosis’?

We have all been around someone with bad breath. When it becomes unbearable, we all do the same thing: we avoid that person like the plague. But even more shocking is when you discover you have bad breath. Interestingly enough, many small group Bible studies have a similar issue. New people seem to avoid your group. So how do you know if your group suffers from “group halitosis”? Does your Sunday School or small group have a...

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First Person: Your small group needs a leader!
Jun15

First Person: Your small group needs a leader!

In the midst of ministry, I often have both church members and pastors ask me what the silver bullet for a growing, healthy small group or Sunday School organization. Although there are a number of things that are helpful to a healthy small group, there is no “silver bullet.” However, there are a number of things that are beneficial to having healthy small groups such as starting new groups; an outreach/evangelism strategy that...

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ReConnect: Does your small group have a connection issue?
Feb04

ReConnect: Does your small group have a connection issue?

As we have developed the ReConnect Sunday School strategy, one of the primary connection points has been for the church’s small groups to connect guests or new members into a group. This connection is a primary emphasis in an ongoing small group strategy in the local church. Unfortunately, it is also one of the weakest connections in most small groups. In fact, many churches are letting potential new church members slip through their...

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Why train Sunday School leaders?
Jul07

Why train Sunday School leaders?

“Why should we train our Sunday School teachers?” was the question raised at a recent meeting. According to 15 years of research by Tim Smith of the Georgia Sunday School/Open Group team, the training of a church’s Sunday School and small group leaders is one of the five most important actions that are conducive to a church’s growth and spiritual health. In most of those 15 years, it has been the top indicator of growth for a church...

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