Omada is the name of a new network for Oklahoma small group and Sunday School leaders. So now you know what it is, but what about the name? Omada is the Greek translation for the word “group”. Essentially, whether you lead a traditional Sunday School class or a contemporary home group, you are leading a group of people on a journey to become a disciple.
Now that we know what omada is and what the name means, why do we need a group like this? Here are a couple of reasons why we are forming this network:
1) We have almost 1,800 SBC churches in Oklahoma. Most of these churches (about 1,600) are small and do not have a minister of education type person on their church staff. Through this network, we are encouraging churches to use 21st century technology and let omada serve as kind of an online Minister of Education for their church’s small group leaders.
2) In my opinion, our old system of encouraging and equipping Sunday School teachers is no longer working well. Gone are the times of two weeks of Sunday School training at LifeWay’s Glorieta Conference Center with 2,000 attendees. Associational clinics are great, but our experience in Oklahoma is that most Sunday School leaders do not participate in them. We need a new, 21st century way to encourage, equip, and even interact with small group leaders.
Omada is an online network for 21st century small group and Sunday School leaders. Through this network, we will be providing the following online resources:
- A monthly email to all subscribers. This email will provide some ideas for Bible study, fellowships, ministry, prayer, and missions; and it will include links to other sites that a group leader might find helpful;
- Members will automatically be subscribed to my blog (this one – bobmayfield.com). Subscribers will receive email updates any time there is a new post.
- Members will also be automatically subscribed to a great resource, www.sundayschoolleader.com. This blog is maintained by the Sunday School/small group specialists of our 42 Southern Baptist State conventions and offers a diverse array of ideas and insights into small group/Sunday School ministry.
To kick off this new network, we are running a special on my blog from November 16-23. The first 50 people to subscribe to Omada AND leave a comment on the Omada article will receive a copy of George Guthrie’s book Read the Bible for Life. In addition, we will have a drawing at the end of that week and the five churches selected in that drawing will receive the “Read the Bible for Life” Leader Kit ($99.00).
I’m looking forward to interacting with this new network of small group and Sunday School leaders, and hope you are planning to subscribe!
By the way… A big thanks to George Guthrie and Broadman & Holman for providing the books and resource kits!