The first One Day Seminar was held at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang, Oklahoma on Wednesday, August 12. I will post an interview with Scott Badgett next week about their experience, but let's just say that after visiting with him on Thursday, they had a great experience and some inspired lay leaders!
One Day is new concept in equipping lay Sunday School and small group leaders. Instead of bringing in a team of experts from the state convention, denomination, or other professionals; One Day is de-centralized. The local church is in control of its own leadership training. Instead of traveling to another church, the training is held in the local church's facilities.
One Day is also customizable. Many times the local church has little influence into what is being presented. The church must simply adopt whatever their denomination's emphasis is for that year. So if your leaders need evangelism training, or missional equipping; and the denomination is emphasizing ministry… well you will just have to wait a year or two. This year, One Day offers five topics in all five major age groups plus a small group track, for a total of 26 topics for the local church to choose from. In 2010, that number will increase to over 50, and our goal is to have 100 Sunday School and small group topics in 2011, so a local church can highly customize their small group leader training.
But we want more than just information at a One Day seminar, we want inspiration. So we have a DVD with a 35 minute video of Ed Stetzer sharing the vision of missional small communities. The lay leaders at Chisholm Heights were so motivated by this video that they are passing the video around. The youth leadership team even recommended that they show it to the whole church!
There is one more idea. Instead of getting information and inspiration about being missional through your small group structure, we actually want each group to start being missional. So we encourage every small group or class in the church to conduct a mission project in their local community right after their One Day Seminar. In some pilot efforts, we have found the class mission projects to be the most rewarding part of the One Day experience.
For more information about One Day, click here and browse the One Day resources and register to participate in One Day.