Last October (October 8) the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) launched an online training website for Sunday School and small group leaders, www.reconnectss.com. We launched this website in response to requests from partnering churches of our state. Our state convention is composed of 1,800 Southern Baptist churches that choose to act cooperatively. These churches clearly stated that their leaders needed training and many of them preferred online training.
Screenshot of the ReConnectSS.com Signup Page
There is a lot of information here, so I recommend that you go to ReConnectSS.com to find out how this works, but the first place you are going to land is the registration page. To fully leverage ReConnectSS.com, you need to register. There is a 2 minute overview video on the signup page. Also, there is another brief 2 minute tutorial video you can access by clicking the green “How This Site Works” button toward the bottom of the page.
Registration enables you to do the following things on the ReConnectSS.com website.
First, it allows you to receive certification. As far as we know, ReconnectSS.com is the first online training website for Sunday School or small group leaders that has a certification process. Certification is as easy as watching the five certification videos. Be sure to click the green “Mark As Read” button beneath each video after you have watched it. After you complete certification, be sure to click on the green circle that will appear next to the “Certification” button on the left sidebar of your screen. A ReConnect Sunday School paper certificate will be mailed to the address that you put in your private profile.
Also, registration leads through a process that will help guide your experience on ReConnectSS.com. Be sure to complete your profile by adding your church membership information and also what age group or areas of leadership you are involved in as part of your church’s small group strategy.
Once you have registered and certified, you are ready to start earning badges. Badging is the process that ReConnectSS.com uses to help guide users to Sunday School or small group areas that they are most interested in and reward them for their progress. If you completed the registration process, ReConnectSS.com will automatically recommend badges in your area of interest. Once a badge is earned, it will be placed in your Course History.
Why did we select the topics for the five certification videos?
We believe that Sunday School is a strategy. To receive certification, our team believes that it is best for every Sunday School or small group leader to understand the ReConnect definition of Sunday School, which includes four “connections” we want every group to make. The fifth video is an educational video about the Cooperative Program. Why is this important? Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma choose to conduct ministry and missions together through the Cooperative Program, which is our funding strategy. Oklahoma Southern Baptist churches voluntarily give the BGCO a percentage of their tithes and offerings. In fact, this website is available to you at no charge because it is 100% funded by money allocated from the Cooperative Program.
Tomorrow’s post… Earning Badges at ReConnectSS