How will you lead your groups to reach out to new people? How will you encourage them to invite them to class and class activities? How will you enroll new people? How will you prepare group members to share Jesus with lost friends? Consider participating in the 3151 Challenge this fall!
What is the 3151 Challenge? It is an evangelism campaign done through the Sunday School or small group ministry. During the campaign, every group member is encouraged to take the 3151 Challenge:
- 3 – Pray for three lost friends daily
- 1 – Learn a Gospel presentation
- 5 – Invite five people to attend their group
- 1 – Share the Gospel at least one time
The 3151 Challenge begins with Soulwinning Commitment Day on the first Sunday of October. On this day, the pastor asks church members to accept the challenge and complete and return a 3151 Challenge Card.
A Connection Card can make inviting friends simple.
A 3151 Challenge Tract is provided to assist group members, with helpful suggestions such as: 7 ways to pray for a lost friend; a brief Gospel presentation; and six things that happen in the life of someone when they are invited to a biblical group.
A 3151 Pastor’s Guide is available with many helpful suggestions. Also, a Group Leader’s Guide is also available for teachers and small group leaders.
Another helpful opportunity which will support the 3151 Challenge is that LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum will offer a fall quarter study Unit entitled, Unvarnished Truth: Life’s Greatest Story. This will be six weeks of lessons focused on helping class members understand and be able to share about salvation.
What might happen in a church with 100 people who accept the challenge? That could mean (1) prayer for 300 lost friends daily, (2) 100 people learn a Gospel presentation, (3) 500 people are invited to a group, and (4) 100 people share the Gospel at least once. Wow! Imagine if 1000 Kentucky churches had 100 persons each accept the challenge?
- 300,000 lost friends prayed for daily
- 100,000 people learn a Gospel presentation
- 500,000 people invited to a group
- 100,000 time the Gospel would be shared.
Will you prayerfully consider leading your church to pursue the 3131 Challenge? For additional information, check out the Reconnect Sunday School website. Big thanks for Bob Mayfield and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for launching the 3151 Challenge!
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