I have an essential belief. God created us to be in community. I also believe that many if not most churches already have the basic platform to connect people together with God in community. That platform is their small group or Sunday School organization. But I also recognize that many churches are under-utilizing this strategy and the result is that they either build a complex and confusing structure to try to replace it or they give up and do nothing at all. The simplest and most profound thing most churches can do is to make their small group organization the primary strategy of their church.
The strategy is biblical. Jesus used it. Paul used it. The Trinity itself is all about it. The “it” is connecting people to God through community (small groups). Although most churches already have the organization in place, I believe they simply need some encouragement, support, and resources. That’s why I blog. I think we can better connect people to Christ and each other by connecting people in groups. You can call it Sunday School, home groups, LifeGroups or Connection Groups; but the bottom line is that we need other people in our lives to grow. That’s why the theme of my blog is:
Connecting through groups
I am serious about building community around the Sunday School/small group movement. Especially when it comes to starting new groups. If you are looking for some inspiration or some ideas to help you as a pastor, Sunday School director, education minister, or a leader of a Sunday School or small group; then I hope that you will subscribe to my blog because you have found your home. I really believe that the church’s small group organization, no matter what you may call it, is essential to helping people discover their identity in Jesus Christ. Very few of us really change unless we have some system of accountability. The church’s small group organization is the church’s first line of accountability. If you can’t handle being held accountable in an open group; well you are going to struggle growing in your relationship with Christ and with His bride – the Church. The BGCO has begun a major initiative to help churches re-engage their Sunday School as their primary disciplemaking strategy. This initiative is called ReConnect Sunday School and it is my major focus for the next five years.
My Goal with the Blog
My goal here is to help people understand just how vital participating in some form of small group is to your spiritual life. I’m a Christian and I have learned first hand the power of being in community with other believers. I have this blog so that I can provide content, insight, and maybe some ideas to help a pastor, a Sunday School teacher, or a small group leader have a better group. I generally have a couple of posts a week. Sometimes I do a special series and post every day for 31 days in a row, or emphasize some facet of Sunday School or small groups and have one or two posts every day for a week. To make sure that you are getting new content, you can subscribe to my blog through email.
Some of my top posts:
- Three Reasons Your Church Should Have Sunday School
- Sunday School’s Most UnPopular Activity
- Creating Alignment With Sunday School
- Starting New Groups Using a Campaign
- Three Reasons to be in a Small Group
I’ve got almost 500 posts here, so feel free to go to the Categories page and noodle around.
Publications & Leadership I’ve also written some resources, like PowerUP Your Sunday School and One Day, to help get Sunday School groups on mission. Also, I’ve got a couple of books available: Missional Pivot Points and Sunday School Leader PocketGuide: Five C’s of Missional Groups. I have led countless number of seminars over the years, and since moving into denominational ministry leading seminars is one of my primary means of ministry. I’ve led seminars for LifeWay at both Glorieta and Ridgecrest Conference Centers.
Bio for Speaking Engagements
Bob Mayfield is the Sunday School/Small Groups specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Prior to coming to Oklahoma in 2005, he served a similar position at the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. Bob has also served as Minister of Education at churches in Texas and Arizona, and as an interim Minister of Education at churches in Arizona and Oklahoma.
As Minister of Education at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, the church was the fastest growing Sunday School in the state of Texas for five consecutive years, averaging 1,000 new members each year. Bob also served at student minister at First Baptist Church-Waxahachie and Westbury Baptist Church-Houston. He has a degree from Texas Tech, an MRE from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is completing a DMin at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bob is a frequent speaker at LifeWay Sunday School events, manages two online training websites (sundayschoolleader.com and reconnectss.com); has his own blog at bobmayfield.com. He has written two books – Missional Pivot Points and The 5 C’s of a Missional Group.
Bob is married to Tracy and has two grown children, Zachary in Oklahoma City and Mary Kathryn in Dallas.