We plan to fail when we fail to pray and plan. Prayer admits that His work is bigger than we can accomplish alone. Planning looks for effective ways to carry out together the work He has given us. Consider these 4 best practices for prayer and planning and a next step.
FOUR BEST PRACTICES
- Establish regular prayer times for Sunday School. Put it on the calendar and in the Sunday morning schedule. Seek God’s leadership, blessing, and help. Pray for people, classes, and plans. Pray during class and between class. Pray as a group, in pairs, and alone.
- Conduct an annual retreat. Calendar the retreat. Prepare spiritually. Gather the team—away if possible. Spend time praying, evaluating, goal setting, and planning for effective work. Set deadlines and make assignments.
- Calendar progress checkups. Pray together. Gather monthly to report on progress of plans and adjust as necessary. Communicate about, train, and prepare for upcoming plans. Give everyone a responsibility to increase participation. Keep attendance and share a summary with absent leaders.
- Encourage leaders. Between meetings, check on leaders and their progress on plans. Answer questions. Affirm good work. Pray together. Remember, relationship building and accountability work best together.
WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?
Gather your leadership team. Review these four best practices. Calendar a prayer time and the retreat. Encourage your leaders. Close in a time of prayer. Make disciples. Be revolutionary!