Key strategies for church revitalization and growth are disciple, leader, and group multiplication. I want to help you and your church MULTIPLY. MULTIPLY will focus on (1) a strategy for addressing the leadership vacuum in many of our churches, (2) actions for enlisting a key leadership team in adult classes and groups, and (3) steps for launching new classes/groups successfully. Bring your Sunday School team!
IMPACT: Here are some ways new leaders and groups can help your churches:
more leaders are needed in order to reach, disciple, and care for more people
new classes usually grow to 20 in enrollment and 10 in attendance in 12-18 months
Ed Stetzer reports that usually 3 lost people are involved in new classes
more than half of the lost people in classes are getting saved in twelve months
people involved in Sunday School are more than 5 times more likely to still be involved in church 5 years later
new classes increase mission and ministry as well as Kingdom giving
DATES/LOCATIONS: Here are 2014 MULTIPLY dates, host associations and numbers, training locations, and time zones. Here is the schedule:
January 27, Simpson Association, 270.725.7020: First Baptist Church, 303 E Cedar St, Franklin (Central time)
May 8, Christian County Association, 905 North Dr, Hopkinsville, 270.885.8777 (Central time)
May 12, Bracken Association, 606.763.6260: Mays Lick Baptist Church, 5105 Main St, Mays Lick (Eastern time)
May 19, Enterprise Association, 606.886.3335: First Baptist Church, 157 S. Front St, Prestonsburg (Eastern time)
For questions about MULTIPLY content information, contact me directly. For directions or to register, contact the number listed at your event of choice. Together we can see disciples, leaders, classes, and groups MULTIPLY as we carry out the Great Commission! Make disciples. Multiply. Be revolutionary!
I’m really excited to have Bob Smiley sharing his unique brand of Christian comedy at the Thursday evening banquet at Shepherding this year! He has a unique way of making you laugh while teaching the truths of the Lord.
If you plan to attend, please register as soon as possible because we only have a few spots left! You can register online today! If you have any questions, please contact me (Steve Rice) at (502) 489-3571 or toll-free in Kentucky at (866) 489-3571.
I’m especially excited about the Shepherding 2014 conference being held at the Lexington Downtown Hilton on January 23-25. Baptist Health and the Kentucky Baptist Convention partner together to provide an event that will bring a time of Godly refreshment to pastors, chaplains, and Directors of Missions. The conference is held at the Lexington Hilton in an effort to provide a relaxed setting as well as a relaxed pace. The hotel staff is among the best you will find in the business and we are grateful that they are hosting us for this year’s event.
As always, we should have a packed house again this year. The lineup of presenters and worship leaders is outstanding. Our featured speakers include:
In addition to those above who share in the plenary sessions, we will hear from several other excellent presenters during our breakout sessions. Check out the information on our website for those exciting details.
If you plan to attend, please register as soon as possible because we are almost at full capacity. You can register online today! If you have any questions, please contact me (Steve Rice) at (502) 489-3571 or toll free in Kentucky at (866) 489-3571.
In my first doctoral class, I wrote an exit paper on the Sunday School. My thesis for the paper was as follows:
“Sunday School is a vital program in the 21st Century Church.”
With all the new trends and changes on the current church scene, some have chosen to downplay Sunday School. In some instances, Sunday School has been eliminated altogether. In my opinion, such a decision is ill-advised and potentially lethal to most congregations. Many churches still have Sunday School-type programs although they no longer use that language. It doesn’t matter what you call it, but the traditional functions of the Sunday School are usually more consistently and effectively carried out through this church ministry. I believe churches must embrace certain changes, but not all changes are good changes. Some ministries are fundamental to the health and growth of the church—I believe Sunday School is such a ministry.
As your Kentucky Baptist Convention staff, Darryl Wilson and I are committed to the improvement and encouragement of the Sunday School. We are thrilled with the current success stories that are taking place in KBC churches, but we pray for even greater success in the future!
One of the things that I’ve observed in many churches is the need to simplify. Churches can become so complex that it becomes “watered-down” and less effective. Many of the ministries of the church could and should be administered through the Sunday School. This approach allows for simplification, shared ministry, organizational structure, and accountability.
The Lord wants us to make an impact in life even when life is difficult. The Apostle Peter understood that, so he wrote about it in his letter to the believers in northern Asia Minor. Some of them were present in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost and heard Peter preach, but now they were suffering greatly from intense persecution. In his letter, he encourages them to continue impacting others for the Lord during days of great difficulty.
3 Ways to Make An Impact
1. Start serving. “To the elders among you, I [Peter] appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be….” (1 Peter 5:1-2a). Peter saw Jesus serve others through suffering. When we take our eyes off our own struggles and focus on others, we imitate Jesus and we make an impact.
2. Be humble. “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'” (1 Peter 5:5). Surely Peter had the towel and basin scene that took place in the Upper Room in mind as he wrote these words. God uses those with a humble heart and He gives them grace. I have noticed that all my “heroes” in the faith are men and women marked by humility. Most Christians admire and respect those who have a humble spirit.
3. Trust God. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”(1 Peter 5:7). God is in control. Even when we cannot see or sense Him, He is there. Not only is He there, He CARES! HE is the key! Knowing He is in control during difficult moments should free us to focus on others and to continue to faithfully serve Him.