In the last of our Take Action Tuesday series to help the church have a successful START Campaign this fall, our topic is Connection Day. What is Connection Day? The day when the church’s Sunday School or small group organization contacts every member and guest, friend and family member that is not already connected to a church; to connect at their church!
When is Connection Day? I recommend November 2, also known as “Time Change Sunday”.
For the START Campaign, Connection Day is the day that we have been building toward. Church members have been praying specifically for three lost friends to come to Christ. Connection Day is when they invite their three friends to their small group and church worship service.
Sounds good, right? But how do you have a great Connection Day?
Follow this suggested process:
1) Sunday School or small group leaders contact every group member on Saturday before Connection Day. I explain a couple of suggestions to turbo-charge your leaders to actually do this in a few moments.
2) Use every form of communication you can to publicize Connection Day. These forms may include; worship bulletin, posters on doors, church website or Facebook page, email, social media, announcements, etc.
3) Encourage on-campus groups (Sunday School) to have a brunch during their meeting. Don’t cater it! Enlist group members to bring food. This encourages greater participation.
Use these turbo-tips to leverage participation in Connection Day
(pastors only: church members, do not read below this paragraph).
1. Let group leaders know in advance about Connection Day and their responsibilities.
2. On the Sunday prior to Connection Day, announce in worship that every church member is going to receive a phone call this week from their Sunday School or small group leader. Any group leaders that were only semi-committed to participate will bear the consequence the next Sunday if they do not call their group! In other words, build in some soft-accountability.
3. On Saturday, do a “Phone blitz”. With mobile phones, this has become so easy. The phone blitz works like this:
Pastor, call the Sunday School director or person that leads the Sunday School/small group ministry and initiate the phone calls.
Sunday School director, call the age-group directors (preschool, children, youth, and adult).
Age-group directors, call department directors or Sunday School/small group teachers.
Teachers, call their group.
Keep count of total people contacted. A call to a married couple counts as two people contacted.
If no answer, leave a voice mail. Voice mail also counts as a contact.
Add together the total number of contacts.
Suggested script for teachers if they are calling someone they do not know.
Hello, my name is ________ and I am a member of your small group (note the emphasis that they belong to a small group). I just want to remind you that tomorrow is time-change Sunday and set your clocks back one hour. Also, is there anything that I can pray about for you today?
Reverse the process…
Teacher report their total contacts to their department director.
Department director reports their total contacts their age-group director.
Age-group directors report their totals to the Sunday School director.
Sunday School director calls the pastor and give him the grand total.
The usual results from doing Connection Day this way…
1. Way more contacts! By building soft-accountability into the process, small group leaders are better motivated to call their group. Imagine being in the group whose leader chose not to participate in a church-wide campaign that everyone else is doing!! More contacts means more leaders doing what they are supposed to do.
2. One word – Ministry! Group leaders will discover group members that need ministry from the group. Many group members are suffering in silence. They do not want to bother their group with what they feel is petty or too embarrassing to share. But when called and asked if they can be prayed for, they will often share some deep spiritual needs.
3. Better attendance for Connection Day. Remember these three words: Attendance follows ministry! People attend a group and a church where they are cared for and ministered.
4. Small groups that are alive! The effort put into making a few phone calls pays off with positive small group and worship experiences the next day.
5. Synergy. Engaging and exercising the entire Sunday School or small group organization in this way builds synergy.
6. More people that are Connected:
a. To the Gospel,
b. To God’s Word,
c. Together in community,
d. Together in mission.
Connection Day is so simple, but it is a great opportunity to involve the entire church in building the Kingdom together.