Welcome to my blog! I'm Bob Mayfield, Sunday School/small group/discipleship specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. I'm a husband, proud dad of 2 college students, and I firmly believe that one of the best ways for us to transform a life with the gospel of Jesus is through a small group of believers. I'm excited about the next 31 days we are going to spend together talking about some concepts and practical ideas to help your class or group bring glory to God, make disciples, and impact lostness in your community.
Here are a few ideas to help us get the most out of the next 31 days.
- First, make sure you subscribe to receive blog updates. Go to the upper right hand sidebar and enter your email address and every time a new post is made, you will receive an email. Don't worry, I'm not going to spam you! If you use a rss service, you already recognize that little orange icon and know what to do.
- Interact with the blog by leaving a comment. Often times, the article you've just read may remind of you something you did. Leave a comment about it so that other people can learn from your past successes.
- Let other Sunday School or small group leaders in your church (or elsewhere) know about 31 Days so that they can come and interact too. The greater the discussion, the greater chances of us learning from each other.
- Very important – when you have picked up an idea, make sure you implement it in your class. Until you do what you have learned, the learning process is still incomplete.
Feel free to surf the blog and read other articles. I will also often link to other blogs or webpages that you might find helpful. One of the terms I will use repeatedly during the next 31 days is the word "missional". You will find many posts on the blog about missional that will help with your understanding of the word. "Missional" does not necessarily mean "missions", so don't confuse the two.
Finally, in the sidebar you will find links to other blogs, many that feature Sunday School or small groups. I encourage you to look at these blogs when you can so that you get a balanced perspective. Sunday School is one of the most adaptable ministries of the church, and the form of Sunday School you or your parents grew up with has undoubtedly changed. Plus, different parts of the country (and world) do this thing called Sunday School a little differently.
I'm looking forward to spending the next 31 days with you!