In this week’s Sunday School leadership post, I want to highlight 3 qualities of a healthy Sunday School small group. These have been adapted from an article by Dave Stewart at The Rock Church. These qualities are biblical and serve as healthy reminders for us to keep the main things alive and well in our classes.
I am so proud of the 758 who were in attendance last Sunday at PSBC in Sunday School. This is a great week to follow up with guests and those who were in attendance for the first time in a while. The qualities listed below, in addition to the values we share that make Sunday School W.O.R.K are what will enable us to capitalize on this momentum, and retain some of the people who we have connected with.
1. Authenticity in Relationships (aka- Community)
God created us for relationships with others, and without them, we are isolated and vulnerable to discouragement and defeat. Sunday School small groups are a safe place to be honest and transparent about the victories and struggles in life. As you spend time with those in your group, you’ll find those relationships growing into true friendships. The best place to grow closer to Jesus is in a community of friends!
2. Spiritual Formation (aka – Discipleship)
When Jesus met with his disciples for the last time before he ascended to heaven, he gave them their marching orders:
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matt 28:19-20a)
This passage is at the core of what the church is called to do – make disciples. A disciple is a learner, one who is in the process of becoming like their master. And that’s our goal, becoming like our master, Jesus! Every Sunday School small group includes time spent in the Word, prayer, and encouragement for spiritual growth. But ultimately, we each need to take responsibility for our own growth. Then when we meet together in Sunday School, we “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Heb 10:24).
3. Missional Impact (aka – Community Outreach)
Sunday School is the church Organized to Serve. Every small group needs to be focused on serving others outside of their own group on a regular basis. The Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat was a great example of that kind of effort, so was Kim and Joe Henderson’s class “Acts of Kindness with a Purpose” emphasis. Your class is probably engaged in something that reaches beyond the boundaries of the group itself. Keep up the good work! The holidays are upon us, and this time of year always provides wonderful opportunities to reach out as a group.
How is your class doing in these three areas? What would you add to this list of qualities?
I look forward to seeing you all this Wednesday night at our leadership meeting. Have a great week!
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