We often think of church in the macro. By that, I mean the corporate worship services, corporate evangelism, churchwide fellowships, and of course, a churchwide budget. But your church is really made up of a number of smaller units that together compose the whole. You may call them home groups, Sunday School classes, LifeGroups, Bible fellowships, etc. But these smaller groups are the key to a healthy church.
How vital are they? They are so vital that the mission of your church should be reflected in every one of these groups. Physically, every cell in your body contains your entire DNA – that’s right, all of it! Every cell in the local church should also contain the church’s missional DNA!
We often think of ways that we wish our church could make our class better. Things like: better chairs; better rooms; better literature; more prospects (don’t you love that word “prospect”); and better training. But the real way we should think of this is: what can my class do to make our church a better church?
For years we have thought of Sunday School in the large or macro image. For many churches, we are about to begin a new Sunday School year. What would happen if we transformed our thinking for this new year. What can our group do to make our church a better place to worship? a better place to minister? a better place to serve?
How about: What can our group do this year to make our church a better place to belong?
I’ve noticed that God often starts an awakening with just a handful of people and then the movement spreads. It could be that your class could be the group of people that God uses to transform your church and then transform your community!
I want to encourage you to put some ideas in the comment box and share some ideas of how your group could make your church a better one!