This series focuses on “more.” Sunday School becomes ineffective without these pillars and cannot grow without doing more in each pillar. The pillars include more purpose, teamwork, planning, trained leaders, groups, member and prospect care, new members, and disciple-making. Will you commit to more of these eight pillars this year?
On average a new group will grow to 20-25 in enrollment and 10-12 in attendance in 12-18 months. Typically, growth in existing classes slows or stops after a couple of years. So if Sunday School is going to help the church carry out the Great Commission (make disciples of all nations), then new groups are needed.
New groups help in several ways. Consider the following:
- A new group tends to be more attractive to new people.
- Leaders and members of new groups tend to invite people more often than those in classes that have been together for more than two years.
- People do not have to break into preexisting relationship–everyone in a new group is new.
- A new group often has room for additional people–full space is a limiting factor for groups that contributes to growth slowing or stopping.
- The addition of new leaders encourages more care for members and prospects which tends to result in more contacts, enrollment, and attendance.
- New groups tend to focus on reaching a specific target group resulting in greater teaching, reaching, and caring effectiveness.
Do you want to increase by 30 in attendance? Then prayerfully enlist and train three leadership teams. Determine their target audiences and where they will meet. Prepare the space, order curriculum, and ask the church to help invite people. Celebrate the group launches and continue to coach and encourage the leadership teams.
More groups provide more care and focus resulting in more attendance and more discipleship. Start more groups this year–and every year! Make disciples. Be revolutionary!