This week I am going to provide an overview of the online training website for Sunday School and Small Group leaders located at www.reconnectss.com. This website is the first of its kind among Baptist state conventions and to my knowledge, it offers the first online certification dedicated to Sunday School leaders. When this week is over, my intention is that you will be thoroughly familiar with this new style of training for Sunday School leaders.
Online training is not new. This blog in fact is a style of online training. We have a number of training videos on this blog at ReConnect5 and ME5 for example. What is unique about ReConnectSS.com though is that there is an online verification system that allows Sunday School leaders to be certified and earn badges. Many secular training sites offer this kind of training, but you will not find many in the religious field, especially if they are focused on equipping Sunday School and Small Group leaders.
In the 1990’s I was a relatively new education minister. I looked forward to taking my family to Glorieta Baptist Conference Center every summer for Sunday School Week. I often took key Sunday School leaders with me. During those weeks I received not only some of the best training available, but I also developed networks and friendships with my peers. I have learned from some of the people who have been around longer than I have that “back in the day”, Sunday School pioneers like B.W. Spilman and Arthur Flake traveled around the southern states and to save gas, they would turn the engines off and coast down the hills.
Today, Sunday School Week at Glorieta is gone. The need for training is as great as ever. Over the past two years, I have traveled extensively across Oklahoma. I have also done quite a bit of traveling around the nation as well. As I talk to pastors and group leaders alike, I constantly hear the need for more training and resources for small group leaders. Most of these leaders do not have a lot of time or money to spend traveling hundreds of miles to attend training. I often hear them say after a meeting, “If this information was available online…”
Friends, now it is. A local church can now offer its Sunday School or small group leaders quality training that is available 24/7. They can get it on their computer, their tablet, or even on their smart phone. ReConnectSS.com is compatible with all of these devices. The next time you find yourself waiting in the dental office, you can watch a couple of video courses on your smart phone and earn a badge!
The way Sunday School or small group training is delivered is changing with the times. What has not changed is the need to train leaders. One of the pastors most important responsibilities is as old as the pastorate itself. “He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
So whether it is 2,000 years ago with the apostle Paul traveling from city to city strengthening the saints (Acts 15:41) or a modern day tablet, leaders still need training. Here is our schedule for the week.
Monday – Getting Started with Online Training
Tuesday – Earning Badges on ReConnectSS
Wednesday – Leveraging Online Sunday School Training
See ya this week and feel free to leave questions or comments…