Our very first One Day seminar was held last Wednesday at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang, OK. Dave Bryan is the pastor at Chisholm, and like every great pastor… he has a great education minister! Scott Badgett oversees Chisholm's Sunday School, small groups, and discipleship ministries. Scott has been one of our leading ed guys in Oklahoma the past few years and he did an absolutely incredible job getting his leaders ready for their orientation to a missional Sunday School through the One Day Initiative. I had a chance to interview Scott right after their One Day orientation.
Bob: How is the One Day training event different from how you have trained your leaders in the past?
Scott: In the past, we have trained our leadership by either attending an association event of several churches or we just put one together ourselves. Our leaders generally are reluctant to travel to other locations, so our turnout for those type of training events is generally low. When we do our own event, we struggle looking for resources that match where we are trying to go at Chisholm.
Bob: You had 93 people attend your One Day Leadership training. You say you generally have a low turnout for training you have to travel to, but you have more attend when you host it. What do those numbers usually look like?
Scott: When we go to another church we usually take about 6 people. Previously, when we have had the training at our church we had around 30-40 people. I was actually expecting about 60 people for the One Day seminar, which would have been phenomenal for us. As you said… we had 93. I was blown away with the response from our leaders!
Bob: You obviously had a great numeric response, but what was the attitude of those attending your One Day seminar?
Scott: The general session began with hearing Ed Stetzer on video sharing about Missional Leadership. It really fired-up our people in attendance and for some I believe it was a life-changing message. The concept of a Sunday School class being missional was a totally new idea for many of our people. Ed brought a fresh perspective about what a class could be and our folks loved it. The support materials that you and your team put together are great, and we needed the breakout times after the video to digest what we heard and explore the materials
Bob: Did you use any high profile people for your training?
Scott: You mean besides the video of Ed? No, with one exception, they were our own church members.
(Note from Bob: One key concept of One Day is to elevate the role and gifting of local church leaders. We encourage churches to equip their own people to lead the breakout sessions in One Day.)
Bob: How did you publicize your event?
Scott: We publicized this event for all leadership and Sunday School members to come and see how Sunday School can be the tool to change not only our lives, but our community. We worked through our Sunday School directors and teachers, but also used Ed Stetzer