I learned a valuable lesson while leading the Sunday School of our church. We had just started three new classes in the young adult age group. We had lots of potential in this group and everyone was excited about the potential growth. We also had three very well qualified men leading these groups.
But after six weeks, only one group survived. I was frantically trying to prop up the other two groups but to no avail. Week after week no one showed up for these two groups, while the other group was having a packed house every Sunday.
I was still scratching my head figuring out why the other two groups were not succeeding when I discovered the answer. I looked at the sign-in sheets we had out for outreach each Monday night. The leader of the successful group’s name was on it – every week! The leaders of the other two groups never signed in once.
No matter which way you slice it, growing a church and growing a small group or Sunday School class comes down to a four-letter word… W-O-R-K. Someone has to take the intitiative to reach out to the lost and invite them to the group. Someone has to go to the hospital and minister to the sick. Somebody has to make phone calls and check in on group members so that they know someone cares.
That someone is you…
The blog theme this month is “31 Days to a Better Group”. You may glean some ideas and probably think up some better ideas yourself. But ultimately, it is going to come down to work.
Action item: Make a list of the things that you have been putting off doing in your group. They might range from enlisting care leaders to calling a group member that has dropped out. It might mean knocking on a door and let someone know you care enough to take the time and effort to drop by. I think you know what to put on your list.
Now… cross off each item on your list by Sunday!