You are ready for Step Two – Equip Your People. In the past, you may have relied upon the state convention to come to your area and provide training for your teachers or small group leaders. With One Day, we have decentralized the training so that you have the tools to host the training yourself. Your local association may be providing training. The key is that equipping your leaders for One Day provides you with flexibility. You can do it yourself or partner with others.
The One Day Initiative provides you with a multitude of training options. You can customize the training your people receive. With 26 different topics to choose from the five age groups, plus a two hour training seminar for churches doing small groups, you will be able to fine-tune your church's equipping. By the way, the One Day Initiative is going to be a three year emphasis, so after three years there will be almost 100 seminars that you will be able to download and share with your leaders – any time you need to!
We are encouraging all of our churches to conduct their One Day Orientation Seminars sometime between August 18-27. Our goal is to equip 10,000 Bible study leaders in Oklahoma during those 10 days. We believe that by trying to equip everyone at the same time, it will help build momentum and timing for the upcoming group mission projects that are Step Three and occur in September and October.
I am the interim Education Minister at Northwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. We are planning our One Day Orientation seminar on Sunday evening, August 23. Here is our schedule for the evening:
5:30 Dinner (we are inviting the entire church for dinner and the opening session)
6:00 Opening Session, One Day inspiration videos (downloadable)
6:15 Ed Stetzer's "Missional Small Communities" video
6:45 Dismiss to breakout seminars for age-group teachers
7:45 Breakout seminar #2
Remember, even if you were unable to get a team of your age-group leaders to Falls Creek for consultant training, you can still download all of the training materials at www.bgco.org/oneday. At this site, you will find conference plans, powerpoint presentations, listening guides, and handouts.
Here is how to have a great One Day Orientation Seminar:
- Make this a big deal. Use the promo videos available at www.bgco.org/oneday in your worship services in the weeks prior to your Orientation so that your people know what to expect and are excited.
- Provide a meal. Depending upon the day you schedule your training, you may have people driving from work. A meal will encourage them to attend.
- Provide childcare. You must provide childcare if you want your young adults to participate.
- Make sure every person who is leading a breakout seminar knows what they are doing and have all of the materials.
- It is your meeting, so if you want to invite the entire church to attend and watch the Ed Stetzer video, go ahead!
Question: I pastor a small church and we only have a total of 4 teachers. How can I do the One Day Initiative? Are we too small?
Answer: First, see if your association is providing a One Day Orientation Seminar. If it is, then join them and bring your people to the training. If you want to do the training yourself, here are some ideas:
- Provide a meal, maybe a potluck and meet in someone's home for the training.
- Put the Stetzer video in the DVD and watch it on television.
- There are several seminar topics in the adult and general leader areas that are generic enough for all teachers. The pastor, or one of the other leaders could teach this topic to everyone.
- Encourage every class to have a group mission project. Four mission projects in a small church will have a significant impact.
- Another option would be to offer the orientation for all of your church members. This would be a prime opportunity to help your members understand how to grow a church through Sunday School or small groups and become missionaries in their neighborhoods.
I want emphasize how important the One Day Orientation Seminars are. My guesstimate is that we have about 20,000 Sunday School teachers in our state. My best research indicates that only 4-5,000 of them receive any kind of intentional training from their churches. That means that 75% of our small group and Sunday School leaders are not getting any training all year. To seriously impact lostness in your community, it is essential that your leaders be equipped.
Step Three – Group Mission Projects