Last week, a group of about 20 Oklahoma Ministers of Education toured our state with Ken Marler, church consultant with LifeWay Christian Resources. We partnered with four associations (yes we do work with associations in Oklahoma, and we couldn’t have done this without them) on a tour that covered four days. Our purpose was to provide individual and personalized Sunday School coaching to the pastors of these associations. I believe that most churches underutilize their Sunday School!
And, I know that there are lots of “hotter, cooler” conferences a leader can attend. But how many of them will give a pastor a practical three hour seminar where he can ask questions; plus the pastor leaves with a personalized church evaluation; also the pastor has 3-4 action items he can begin implementing; plus about 2 hours of coaching, oh and the coach will speak to his church leadership that night; and you get the personal mobile numbers and emails of your consultant for future coaching? Did I mention that the pastors all got to eat lunch with the keynote?
That pic to the right was taken last Tuesday in the Craig-Mayes Baptist Association conference room. The Minister of Education Road Trip is a hands-on nuts and bolts conference to help pastors have a better, more evangelistic Sunday School. We have an ME at every table in the room sitting with a pastor and any leaders he brought with him. We partner with our associations to conduct the tour. Most of the pastors who participated this year lead smaller attendance churches. These churches rarely have the opportunity for this type of training… and we brought the training to them.
Our results? We had great feedback from our pastors! Each pastor left with a 50 page workbook full of notes and inspiration to reinvigorate their Sunday School groups. In addition, 40 of these pastors committed to start 131 new Sunday School groups by Septemer 1, 2012. We’ll be doing this tour again, because it is incredibly effective in helping our pastors lead the largest organization in their church – their Sunday School.
Hope to see you next year!