Yesterday I met with the Connect Group leaders of Edmond’s First Baptist Church at the invite of their Minister to Adults, Kevin Pruitt. Kevin is doing an outstanding job there in the midst of a difficult time for the church. For those of you may be unaware, FBC’s pastor of over 2 decades, Dr. Alan Day, was killed in a motorcycle accident about a month ago.
Edmond’s First Baptist Church has a quarterly luncheon for all of its Sunday School and Connect Group leaders right after the second morning worship service (The pic is one I took from my table while eating barbecue). I visited with Kevin about his teacher training and he typically has about 70% of his leaders in attendance for these meetings.
Kevin asked me to encourage his leaders and help them stay on track. I shared the following outline about the 5 C’s of a Missional Group with the church’s small group leadership.
Five C’s of a Missional Group
Leaders of small groups and Sunday School classes need to be more than just warm bodies! Leaders consecrate themselves for the ministry of being a godly leader and living a godly life because they recognize that the people in their groups model the life of the group leader. (2 Timothy 2:21)
Connect with Others
Missional groups connect to other people in 3 ways: (John 1:45)
- Connect to others in the group through ministry and life;
- Connect personally to unchurched friends and neighbors;
- Connect to God through prayer, Bible study, and service.
The Bible is the focus of study for a missional group. Curriculum and resources are tools to help the group study Scripture, not the other way around! Missional groups allow God to speak into their lives through His written word and live in obedience to that word. (Hebrews 4:12)
Mission statements are mere words until something happens! The small group structure is how the church organizes itself to actually carry out its mission to the world. Small groups and classes need a cause that is beyond the four walls of the class or home and puts the Gospel on display in the community. (John 20:21)
The results of a missional group are people who have being transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As leaders are transformed by the Gospel, their groups transform. As groups transform, the church is transformed. As church members live out and share the Gospel in the neighborhood, communities are transformed and others are brought to faith in Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
By the way, we have a 5 x 8 card coming out soon with a diagram of the 5 C’s on one side and a brief explanation on the other side. The card will fit inside most Bibles and will be a valuable way to remind your Sunday School or small group leaders about their purpose. You can order the cards at firstname.lastname@example.org.