Perhaps the most overlooked, okay well maybe a better word is “forgotten”, aspects of Sunday School or small groups is evangelism. Whether by design or by accident, many churches have moved their small groups organization into kind of a “keep people from slipping through the back door” ministry. Although Sunday School is almost unparalleled in its ability to assimilate people, Sunday School also has tremendous reach as a front door evangelistic opportunity too – if the individual groups within the organization can capitalize on the relationship and modeling opportunity that Sunday School presents for evangelizing friends and neighbors.
The reason evangelism is missing from many of our Sunday Schools is because the local church often does not have a primary strategy that reaches out to unchurched people and is also making disciples.
We recently put together a couple of videos for our ReConnect Sunday School strategy that we are initiating in Oklahoma. We use these two videos as part of our ReConnect Road Trip orientation tour that we are doing throughout our state. Here is the first of the two videos. This first video is completed by the second video, which will be tomorrow’s post on the blog.
So what is the best strategy your church has to reach people in your community who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
Does your strategy involve as many lay people as possible? Or does it depend on the pastor or church staff to do the bullk of the church’s evangelism? If your strategy depends upon the pastor/staff as the church’s primary evangelist, how do you reconcile your strategy with Ephesians 4:11-12 and 2 Timothy 2:2?