My last post addressed the definition of Sunday School or small groups that we are using in Oklahoma as part of our ReConnect Sunday School initiative (go here to view that post). As we are moving from launching to engaging, and now to partnering with churches that are choosing to join the Reconnect Sunday School movement in Oklahoma, we are asking for three essential commitments. These commitments are critical because they represent the execution of the ReConnect strategy. Without execution, a strategy is just a statement of good intentions.
The three commitments we believe a church needs to make in order to execute the ReConnect strategy are so basic that in reality, most churches should be doing them anyway. From my own experience in leading Sunday School training seminars, most churches are not doing these three basic commitments. It should come as no surprise that most churches are not growing evangelistically, have massive leadership shortages, and are adrift in a culture of low commitments and puny results. You become your commitments. Commit to nothing and your life and your small group will accomplish exactly that – nothing!
The Three Commitments of ReConnect Sunday School
- Make your Sunday School or small group organization your church’s primary strategy for evangelism and discipleship;
- Start new groups;
- Equip and train your leaders.
That’s it! Those are the big three commitments of Reconnect. They are so simple and yet so profound. They are commitments that any church can make. Yes, any church, large or small; rural or urban; ethnic, cowboy, or contemporary. These three commitments are essential to making disciples through small groups or Sunday School.
Over the past six months I have been in 25 associations in Oklahoma and shared with over 1,000 people about the new ReConnect Sunday School initiative in Oklahoma. At every meeting, I ask for churches to make the following three commitments. To date, we have 217 churches that have committed to partner with the ReConnect initiative. Those churches have committed to start 534 new groups. Just last weekend at LifeWay’s National Sunday School Weekend at Ridgecrest, North Carolina I asked a group of pastors and Sunday School directors to make commitments to start new groups. Together they committed to start 206 new groups by the end of this year (2013).
Whatever strategy you adopt. Whatever goals you have, they will not happen until you make a commitment. Our lives are built on commitment. You made a commitment when you got married. You made a commitment to pay your mortgage. You made a commitment to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life. You made a commitment to lead your church or your small group to make disciples. Now you need a strategy.
The ReConnect Sunday School initiative is built on commitment to and the execution of a simple strategy to fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples through small groups. I hope you will partner with us!