Take a moment and write an answer to this question. What is your church’s primary evangelism strategy?
Your church’s small group or Sunday School is not a program, it is a strategy. But what is it a strategy for? I have found that many church attenders are unable to give a coherent definition of Sunday School. Ask 10 people and you are likely to receive a smorgasboard of answers.
Sunday School is the church’s primary discipleship strategy.
Remember that our mission is to make disciples. Too often we think that our mission is to make attenders. In John 6, we see what happens with attenders. Jesus speaks some hard truths to the attenders and when they hear something that they don’t like, they walk away. The disciples however… stay!
Is your group focused on making disciples or creating attenders?
Discipleship begins with connecting an unsaved person with the Gospel, bringing them to faith and growing them in that faith, and developing a person who can then make another disciple.
Sunday School is the church’s primary evangelism strategy…
Sunday School is the church’s primary ministering strategy…
Sunday School is the church’s primary Bible study strategy…
All of which combine to make Sunday School (or home groups, LifeGroups, etc) the church’s primary discipleship strategy.
Action item: Is your group operating in 3 dimensions? Evangelism, Bible study, and ministry? Take a moment and select which dimension needs some improvement. What are some actions you can take to improve in this area?
Are you making attenders or disciplers?