4 Steps to Growing your Group Leadership kick-off 2011 Edmond’s First Baptist Church
Step 1 ~ Know the Possibilities Assimilation Percentage of Christians who remain active in church after 5 years Those not involved in Sunday School ~ 16% Those involved in Sunday School ~ 83% Sunday School involvement is related to a fivefold increase in long-term church participation (High Expectations by Thom Rainer)
Step 1 ~ Know the Possibilities Invitation most unchurched people will accept an invitation if two conditions are met: A friend goes with them & stays with them. 91% of people said they were likely to accept that type of invitation Dr. Thom Rainer: the Unchurched Next Door Highly Receptive ~ 11% & Receptive ~ 27% Neutral ~ 36% Resistant ~ 21 % & Argumentative ~ 5%
Step 1 ~ Know the Possibilities Situation Regional Shifts in Religious Beliefs and Behavior since 1991 by George Barna (stats for Midwest) 1/3 of the US hasn’t been to church in 6 months Each weekend 60% of the US doesn’t go to church 13% of the US is in Bible Study each week 38% believe the Bible is completely true % who describe themselves as Born Again~42 % who describe themselves as Christian~80 Edmond’s 2010 Population~81,405 Circle-of-Influence-Census~_________
Step 2 ~ Enlarge the Organization Possibility organize for the possibility, not the history QUESTION-what would a group look like who reached your circle of influence? Describe the connection group ministry that would support that group. Think door-to-door on Sunday as well as throughout the week. If the members of your connection group had a Member’s Bill of Rights, what would be on it? How would a great leader organize for that kind of possibility? DREAM BIG, and GO FOR IT!
Step 3 ~ Enlist the Leaders Team Enlist to a dream and Equip for a task Pray together with potential leaders Clearly define the ministry role (hidden beliefs create havoc) Serve alongside of new leaders (I do it while you watch, we do it together, you do it while I watch) Give away real responsibility (“people never wash rental cars” Tom Peters) Recast the vision every 28 days ~ the Nehemiah Principle (life supplies distraction, leaders supply focus)
Step 4 ~ Go Get the People People Love the people, not the task Without this step, the other steps don’t matter The need is for continuous, varied invitations Invite members, guests, and your COI, until they are all active in your Bible Study group DIAL Call every new guest and every member every week Keep a current prayer list for every group member Pray specifically for group members
Huddles MIDWEEK Effective teams practice Divisions will meet on the 1 st Wednesday of the month in A201 from 7:00-7:30 ~ resources i.e. Hunt study Connection Groups are encouraged to meet at east one of the other weeks in their CG rooms (g- rod needed) Right Now Training will be sending each of you an email to verify participation is the online training and planning guides we will be using this year Possible teachers huddle on an alternate wdnesday evening