Don’t stop leading. Don’t stop challenging your Sunday School leaders and members. There is too much work to be done. Now is the time for revolutionary Sunday School work. Now is the time to identify and pursue God-sized goals.
What are God-sized goals? In this context, I am talking about goals that can only be accomplished when working together with God and your team. Pray, evaluate, and plan together. Set goals, make plans and assignments, and calendar deadlines and events. Together.
Top 4 God-sized Goals
Care for Members
Jesus was clear that this is important: “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35, CSB, emphasis added). A member care leader asks members to make contacts with absentees weekly (even during a pandemic). Plan fellowships, even if on Zoom. Extend care during crises.
Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Prayer, focus, and care are keys here. The question is not “if” He wants us to pursue; it is “who” He wants us to pursue. Seek His leadership in your focus and care. Open your eyes to opportunities to connect with and care for prospects. Minister in times of need. Invite them to your group and to Jesus. Enroll them into the care of your group.
Enlist and Train New Leaders
Jesus said, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” Adding teachers and class leaders leads groups to provide more care. Increased care results in the lost being saved and members staying connected and growing as disciples. Leaders are more effective when trained to do their work as a team.
Start New Groups
More groups (in person and online) are needed to provide care for more people. Start new groups with at least two leaders (Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs). Focus on and pursue an age group or affinity group. Invite the church to pray for and invite people to the new groups.
What would be a God-sized goal for each of these? What are SMART goals for members, prospects, leaders, and groups? Don’t wait until the pandemic is over to pursue these goals. Gather your planning team. Pray, evaluate, and plan. Think creatively about how to reach and care for even more people. Care for members, pursue prospects, enlist and train new leaders, and start new groups. Make disciples. Be revolutionary!