For years, Sunday School was often called, “The pastor’s best friend”.
You’re probably asking “why”.
Essentially, a Sunday School class (substitute small group or whatever your church may call it) was the pastor’s hands and feet. Look at what is expected of pastoral ministry. Pastor’s are called upon to:
- Clean the sinks and scrub the floors!!
- And don’t forget: raise godly kids and have an adoring wife
And so much more. Let’s face it: there are very few pastors who have that kind of time, much less the kind of talent, to be everything to everyone in the church and also spearhead mission work as well.
This is why every small group or Sunday School class is important. Your group is the ministering hands of your pastor. Essentially, your group is the hands and feet of Jesus. As you minister, correct, lead, and teach your group; you become your pastor’s best friend. There is no way that he can shepherd every group in the church.
Your group is an extension of your pastor’s ministry. A pastor’s best friend is someone that he can count on to help.
Action item: Reflect on how well your group is doing “pastoral” ministry. What are you doing well? What needs improvement.