Today's activity – Memorize Flake's Formula (below).
Arthur Flake pioneered the Sunday School movement for Southern Baptists. Although Baptists were involved in Sunday School before Flake's day, Flake is the guy that took Sunday School to the next level. He is the one that recognized the value of starting new groups and training lay people to become leaders and teachers within the movement. Mr. Flake was also the first Bible Teaching Director at the Baptist Sunday School Board. His book, Building the Standard Sunday School, is a classic for any person who understands the importance of Sunday School.
Although his "formula" is not found in "bullet form" in his books, the five pieces of his formula can be found sprinkled throughout all of his work. It is widely believed that the five cornerstones of Flake's Formula was the outline of his stump speech that he would give as he traveled the southern states. So without further interruption, here is Flake's Formula.
- Know your possibilities. You need to be familiar with your community and build your Sunday School to reflect the needs of your church's community.
- Enlarge your organization. Add new groups, you cannot expect the current structure to hold more people for very long.
- Enlist and equip your leaders. New leaders for new groups need to be enlisted, and all leaders need training.
- Provide space. Sunday Schools or small groups need space to meet.
- Go into your community. The community is not going to come to you, so you have got to go into your neighborhoods to meet them and enroll them in your group.
There is an easy acrostic to help you remember Flake's Formula: K-E-E-P-Go. I have found that when church leaders, and by that I mean not only Sunday School leaders, but pastors, staff, deacons, and committee leaders, understand the principles of good Sunday School, then doing the ministry of the Sunday School is more easily communicated and supported.