January 1, we begin a one month challenge for Sunday School teachers, directors, and Ministers of Education (plus any pastors that want to tag along too). 31 Days to a Better Sunday School is an experiment to improve every class in the church. We are encouraging churches to ask all of their Bible study leadership to join us for what I hope will be a great adventure together.
31 Days to a Better Sunday School is focused around three things:
- Life change happens best in small communities of people;
- Little things done right add up over time;
- Most of us learn better by "doing".
During these 31 days together, we are going to complete some simple actions that will make your class a place where people will want to be on Sunday mornings. Most of these activities are things you already know to do, but they may not be on your radar every day. For the most part, the actions we are going to do together will be short and can probably be done in about 15-20 minutes.
So, are you willing to invest a few minutes each day for a month to have a better group? Of course you are! Consider that the average American watches 37 hours of television a week! You've got time and you can do this!
The Vector Principle
little things + time = Big Things
The Vector Principle simply means that small changes have long term outcomes. Many churches today seem to operate off of "The Big Bang Theory of Church Growth". This theory simply means that you find some big, smashing program that some church has done somewhere else, use it in your church, and BANG! Everything is fixed. However, you and I both know that as a general rule in life, when we do the little things and do them faithfully, over time a massive amount of change can occur. A retirement plan is an example. If you want to retire as a millionaire, then save a little money each month when you are young and over time you will reach your goal. Wait until you are 60, and…
We learn better by doing! Have you ever learned to snow ski by reading Ski Magazine? You can pick up some good ideas, but let's face it. You learn to snow ski by going up the mountain and pointing those skis downhill and falling down the slope for a day. You learn it by doing it! Christianity is the same way. James said, "Faith without works is dead", James 2:17. Leading a transformational Sunday School class is not something you really learn from a book. You can get some ideas, but you learn how to be a good Sunday School leader by doing the things necessary to have a great class.
During the 31 days of January, I am going to post a simple exercise for you to do that will make your class the kind of group that people will want to belong to. These 31 days together will be enjoyable, but more than that… I hope that they will be transformational for you and your class.
Feel free to leave comments on the blog each day so that we can learn from each other.
I'm looking forward to our journey together!
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