Even as One Day is winding down for 2009, we are already planning ahead to next year. We have received some great ideas from the churches that participated in One Day, plus we are going to expand on what we have learned this year.
No PowerPoint presentations! Almost all of the conference tracks that we had this year used PowerPoint as the basic presentation. However, we intend for One Day to be user-friendly in the local church and to be presented by Sunday School teachers. Most teachers do not use PowerPoint to teach their Bible study lesson, and most churches do not have 4-5 data projectors available. So next year, the breakout sessions will all be PowerPoint free. We are going to ask our conference writers to develop their seminars in such a way that we maximize learner involvement and minimize data projectors!
Hispanic One Day. Daniel Caceres and our team of Hispanic Sunday School consultants are going to write Un Dia materials. Rather than translating English conferences to Spanish, this team is actually going to write these conferences in Spanish and write them for the Hispanic culture. We will also have a One Day video featuring a Spanish leader sharing about the importance of missional Sunday School – in Spanish!
Better Facilitator Training. One of the most common requests on the survey forms this year was for us to provide training for the people who are leading the seminars in the local church. Although we trained some 300 consultants this year, this was no where near enough. Also, the training was conducted at our convention conference center, Falls Creek. So in 2010, we are taking the training on the road. We are going to conduct six One Day training events for pastors and also for the people in the local churches who will be leading their church's breakout sessions. These training events will take place in six locations across Oklahoma so that most people will be within a one hour drive of a training event.
More Conference Topics. In addition to this year's 26 conference topics, we are going to offer an additional 25-30 topics next year. In 2010, you will have the option of having over 50 topics to choose from for your breakout sessions. This will help the local church offer more customizable training for their church leaders.
Double Digit Church Conferences. We are going to develop and offer age-group training for churches running less than 99 in attendance. We recognize that sometimes translating the training context from a mid-size to a smaller attendance church can sometimes be difficult. So each age group will have at least one conference just for double-digit churches.
Megachurch Breakout Session. Similarly, some megachurches need some materials written especially for their situation. We are going to offer a conference for pastors and education ministers of megachurches to help them advance missional small communities in their unique context.
Better integration of class mission projects. Finally, the weakest link in One Day this year was the final and most important piece – class mission projects. Next year, each conference written will encourage Bible study leaders to involve their class in at least one mission project in the eight weeks following their church's One Day Orientation.
I would really love to have your input for other ideas of how we can make One Day a training strategy that will best meet your church's leadership training needs. Please leave a comment below and give me your thoughts.