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1Creating a Disciple-Making Culture in the Sunday School
2Use the paper and markers provided… Define: Transformation… In Your Group…Use the paper and markers provided…Define: Transformation…
3How would you define: Transformation… Webster…an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformedto change in character or conditionTo ConvertHow would you define Transformation?Webster defines it as an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformed; to change in character or condition; To Convert
4What Scripture passages come to mind regarding Transformation? Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…. Romans 12:2What Scripture passages come to mind?Read the ones on the slide.Can you think of others?A good definition of Transformation is change from old to new by the renewing of your mind.The word ‘Mind’ refers to learning; Sunday School is the ‘Learning Place’. This is what makes Sunday School a transformational ministry. Transformation comes from the renewing of your mind; from learning about Jesus through engaging Bible study.
5Transformational Co - Mission Matthew 28: RSVGo therefore and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you;and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.
7How did Jesus Make Disciple? “Come Follow Me”Rabbi – “Come learn with me”Disciples– yesBelievers– probably notPhilip – Show us the Father…Left Him - Walked no more with Him. John 6:66Judas – a disciple that never believed
8Jesus’ Disciple-Making Process Learner Disciples – Go, make disciples…“Come learn with us!”Believer Disciples – Baptizing Them…Learners become believersFully Devoted, Reproducing disciples – Teaching them to observe…The role of mature believers is to disciple new believers.
9A Disciple Is… Not perfect Rough around the edges Unfinished A disciple is a learnerwho becomes a believer and then a fully devoted, reproducing follower of Jesus.Not perfectRough around the edgesUnfinishedA work in ProgressNot Bible Scholar!Not Spiritual Giant!
10What is Culture? Webster defines Culture as: the customary beliefs, social forms, and behaviors of a group; the characteristic features of everyday existence;the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an organization.
11What is a Disciple-Making Culture? Making Disciples is the focus of the group members’…Beliefs, Attitudes, Values, and Goals of Everyday ExistenceLifestyle Behaviors and PracticesRarely is a disciple made before a relationship has been built!
13Change… is fixing the past. Transformation… is creating a new path for the future
14…in which lives are transformed Only God can transform a life – That’s the job of the Holy Spirit!Our job is to create an open environment in which the Holy Spirit can do His work of transformation.
15Cocoon – Caterpillar to Butterfly MetamorphosisCocoon – Caterpillar to ButterflySunday School is that…Open and inviting community where potential disciples are welcome and expected.Safe Place where the Holy Spirit does His work of transformationWhere learner disciples can ask the hard questionsWhere learner disciples are mentored by stories and testimonies of believer disciples
16Sunday School is a ministry of Transformational Small Communities. The Sunday School is a biblically based ministry of open, transformational small communities to assist the church in creating a disciple-making culture through which lives are transformed by the power of God.Sunday School is a ministry of Transformational Small Communities.Read the definition on the slide. What stands out to you? What new concepts about Sunday School do you see?In this series of webinars on Sunday School in a Transformational Church we’ll use three words to organize the principle that Sunday School is a ministry ofTransformationalSmallCommunities
17Behaviors that Create a Disciple-Making Culture We can talk about the philosophy of making disciples but that will never make one.We can dialogue about the importance of culture but that will never transform a life.Talking, philosophying, and dialoging do not make disciples.Behaviors Make Disciples!
18Behaviors that Create a Disciple-Making Culture To create a disciple-making culture in our Sunday Schools, we will need to follow the example of Jesus.He didn’t just talk, he acted…He invited and added (enrolled) learner disciples into his small group.He stayed connected to them.He ministered to themHe involved them in ministry.
19Behaviors that Create a Disciple-Making Culture Eventually, these learner disciples became believer disciples who then became fully devoted, reproducing disciples…who turned the world upside down.
20Mission Oriented Sunday School Director Use the markers to write on the balloons what the Sunday School Director need to be and do to be mission oriented.
21Create a Sunday school Ministry Team Adult LeaderPreschool LeaderChildren LeaderStudent LeaderWithout a team, the Sunday School Director’s hands are tied.Special Ministry LeaderS.S. Director-Team Leader, Outreach and Ministry CoordinatorsPastor
22The Functions of the Sunday School Ministry Team Spring Annual Planning: to accomplish the mission of the churchMonthly Coordination:EvaluateCoordinatePlan AheadAre We making disciples?
23KEEP Going! Team Behaviors Know Your Disciple-Making Potential Enlarge The Organization for Making DisciplesEnlist and Train Disciple-Making LeadersProvide Space and Equipment for Making DisciplesGo! Make DisciplesKEEP Going!Arthur Flake
25Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples In the Work PlaceAs Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,”Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20
26Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples In the HomeAs Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. Matthew 9:9-10
27Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples By Involving Members of His Small GroupPhilip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Come and see,” said Philip. John 1:45-51
28Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples By Organizing TeamsWhen Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1
29Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples By Organizing TeamsAfter this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Luke 10:1-3
30Behavior One: Discover Potential Disciples Jesus discovered potential disciples where they were.Work PlaceCommunityHomesHe sent out teams to discover the disciple-making potential.
31Behavior One: Discover Potential Disciples Demographics Study -Potential Disciple CardsCommunity CensusTelephone SurveysChurch MembershipWorship GuestsVBS and Special EventsFRANs
32Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture The Sunday School Conducts Two (2) Potential Disciple Discovery Actions Each Year.
33Potential Disciple Card 1. Who do you know that has never told you personally about their relationship with Jesus Christ?NAME: _______________________________ADDRESS: ____________________________ Adult – Young Adult – YouthPHONE #: ____________________________ Child – Preschool (Circle one) Is this person a member of any church? _______ 2. Who do you know that does not attend church? NAME: _______________________________ADDRESS: ____________________________ Adult – Young Adult – Youth -PHONE #: ____________________________ Child – Preschool (Circle one)Your Name: ______________Phone # ____________ ______________Please write any Additional comments on back.Complete a Potential Disciple Card for someone you know.
34Behavior Two: A. Invite, and Enroll Disciples Jesus invited potential disciples to Come learn with me.Jesus invited potential disciples to become a member of His small group.He “Enrolled” them.85% are at least moderately willing come if they are invited.
35Behavior Two: Invite, and Enroll Disciples Enrollment is the # 1 key to making disciples.Enrollment is a Ministry List of disciples to whom the class commits.Open Enrollment: Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime as long as they agree.Enroll all resident members.Automatically enroll all new members as they join.Conduct a worship survey quarterly (or at least annually) to connect people to small groups.
36Behavior Two: B. Maintain Strong Average Attendance of Disciples in Bible Study Disciples attending worship only % still active disciples 5 years later.Disciples attending worship and Sunday School % still active disciples 5 years later
37Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture The Sunday School average attendance equals 40% – 60 % of Total Enrollment
38Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture The Sunday School Disciple Enrollment Is at Least % Greater than Resident Church Membership.
39Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Half of the Disciples Attending Regularly also Attend a Closed, Disciple-Maturing Group. 1:2
41The Early Church Enlarges In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. Acts 6:1-4
42Jesus Commisions Disciples to Reach People Groups He said to them, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8One group of 12 couldn’t reach all the potential new disciplesMultiple people groups needed to be reached
43The Number of Disciples Grew So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7
44Behavior Three: Create Disciple-Making Small Groups Start new disciple-making small groups.With each new small group, expect an increase of 10 new disciples.
45Behavior Three: Create Disciple-Making Small Groups Who is your ‘People Group’?Age GradingLife-StageYoung AdultParentsEmpty NestersRetireesAffinity GroupsInter-generational Groups
46Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Sunday School has 1 Small Group per 18 disciples enrolled. 1:18
47Principle of Reproduction: When a small group reaches maximum enrollment and average attendance, reproduce.
49Jesus Enlists LeadersJesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. Mark 3:13-19
50Jesus Trains Leaders…and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere. Luke 9:2-6
51Behavior Four: A. Enlist Disciple-Making Leaders Pray for Disciple-Making LeadersDo Gift AssessmentMatch Leader to Ministry Based on Gifts and PassionUse Proper Enlistment ProcedureFocus on Leaders Role in the Mission of the Church to Make Disciples
52Small Group Ministry Teams Outreach LeadersAdult/Student Care Group Leaders1 / 4-5Teachers
53Class Care Groups Chronic Absentee Regular Member Care Group Leader Irregular Member
54Discipling Ministry Touches Care Group Leaders Contact Every Member Every Week.Prayer NeedsMinistry NeedsStimulation for Sunday’s Bible StudyRequest AttendanceMinister to Members NeedsEvangelistic Visits
55Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Discipleship ministry touches equal the enrollment weekly 1:1
56Principle of Reproduction: When leader/disciple ratio reaches maximum, enlist or reproduce.
57Behavior Four: B. Train Leaders to Make Disciples You enlist your potential or your problems.You get what you train for.In-Service Training – The ApprenticeAnnual TrainingRegular Leadership Planning Meetings10 Minutes Tops for TeachersOutreach and Care Group Leader Training
58Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Sunday School has 1 Leader per 5 disciples enrolled. 1:5Leaders include General Leaders plus Department Leaders and Class Ministry Team:Teachers, Outreach Leaders, Care Group Leaders.
59Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Every Sunday School Participates in One (1) Training Each Year. - 1:1
60Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture 75% of Leaders Participate in Regular Planning Meetings.
62The Early Church Made Room for Making More Disciples They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.Acts 2:46-47
63The Early Church Made Room for Making More Disciples Question: How do you think the “People… liked what they saw”?An organic, vibrant community that pulled people into a culture of friendship..The early church was a robust, relational church that created space for more groups to connect the new converts to one another.It Was A Party Church!!!
64Behavior Five: Create Space for Disciples There is no such thing as building a (“Disciple-Making”) Sunday School great in numbers (of Disciples) in small, cramped quarters. FlakeWhen a Sunday School reaches 80% capacity, it stops making disciples.Go for the Ideals but use effectively what you have.Options: - Multiple Sunday Schools Home Group- One on One or TriadsSunday School on Campus is not for everyone
65Principle of Reproduction: When a small group reaches 80% of maximum space capacity, reproduce.
66Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Provide One Space for Each Small Group. - 1:1
68How Did Jesus Do It?…Jesus went throughout Galilee, Teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Matthew 4:23Jesus ministry focused on three Kingdom Actions:TeachingEvangelismMinistry
69When the Kingdom of God is our theme people will come. What Were the Results?Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Besides those from Galilee, crowds came from the ‘Ten Towns’ across the lake, others from Jerusalem and Judea, still others from across the Jordan.When the Kingdom of God is our theme people will come.
70Behavior Six: Develop a Potential Disciples List for Each Small Group Sunday School Outreach Process for Making Disciples:Each Small Group has an Outreach LeaderOutreach Leader Coordinates Potential Disciples’ ListMembers Complete a Potential Disciples CardMembers Give card to the Outreach LeaderOutreach Leader places name on the Potential Disciples List.Outreach Leader assigns name to a Care Group LeaderCare Group Cultivates Potential Disciple
71Behavior Six: Develop a Potential Disciples List for Each Small Group Outreach Ideas:Build Meaningful Relationships with Potential Disciples – BEST!Ice Cream Evangelism – Josh HuntInvite Every Prospect to Every Party Every Month – Josh HuntInvitation: Come Learn With Us!MTV – Outreach – Allan Taylor, Woodstock, FBCMail orTelephone CallVisitRegular Visitation – Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly
72Evangelistic Prayer List Prayer Requests and AnnouncementsMembers: Pray for people and issues on the hearts of members.Ministries: Pray for ministries of the church (announcements)Missional: Pray for Potential Disciples, the lost and unchurched, by name. Keep a list of these in sight and mark when one becomes a believer disciple.
73Potential Disciple Card 1. Who do you know that has never told you personally about their relationship with Jesus Christ?NAME: _______________________________ADDRESS: ____________________________ Adult – Young Adult – YouthPHONE #: ____________________________ Child – Preschool (Circle one) Is this person a member of any church? _______ 2. Who do you know that does not attend church? NAME: _______________________________ADDRESS: ____________________________ Adult – Young Adult – Youth -PHONE #: ____________________________ Child – Preschool (Circle one)Your Name: ______________Phone # ____________ ______________Please write any Additional comments on back.
75Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Potential Disciples List Equals Number of Disciples Enrolled. 1:1
76Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Each Small Group Has an Outreach Leader. 1:1
77Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Regular Outreach Visitation: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly.
78Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Each Small Group Keeps an Evangelistic Prayer List. 1:1
79Remember, What happens on Sunday Morning Is a Direct Reflection of What Has Been Going On During the Week!
80Behavior Seven: Missional Projects Short-Term Missions ProjectsCommunity BasedInfluence Community to Reflect the Kingdom of GodFocus on Lost and Unchurched
81Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Each Small Group participates in a Quarterly Missional Project. 1:1/qtr.
82Behavior ResultsWorship – At least 10% more in worship than in Sunday SchoolBaptisms – 1 Baptist for every 15 Disciples enrolled in Sunday SchoolOfferings – Per Capita Giving Increases
83Sunday School Is Not for Everyone! Behaviors Guaranteed to Work? No!Some will NEVER respond to an organized approach.Some will NEVER come inside your building.Jesus Fit the Method to the Person. – Not a bad idea!
84Disciple-Making Behaviors Know Your Disciple Making PotentialDiscover Potential DisciplesA. Invite and Enroll Potential DisciplesB. Average AttendanceEnlarge the Organization for Making DisciplesCreate Disciple-Making GroupsEnlist and Train Disciple-Making LeadersA. Enlist Disciple-Making LeadersB. Train Leaders to Make Disciples
85Disciple-Making Behaviors Provide Space for DisciplesSpace for DisciplesGo! Make DisciplesPotential Disciples on FileMissional Projects
86Goals for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Two (2) Potential Disciple Discovery Actions Per Year- 1:1A. Disciple Enrollment > 10% of Resident Church Membership-B. Average Attendance = 40% - 50% of Total EnrollmentOne Small Group per Eighteen Disciples Enrolled - 1:18A. One Leader per Five Disciples Enrolled – 1:5B. Leaders Participate in One Training per Year – 1:1One Space for Each Small Group – 1:1Potential Disciples List = Number of Disciples Enrolled – 1:1Each Group Participates in a Quarterly Missional Project – 1:1
87Goals for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Every Disciple Receives a Ministry Touch Each Week – 1:1Each Group Keeps an Evangelistic Prayer List – 1:1Regular Outreach Visitation – Wk, Mo. Qtr.75% of Leaders Participate in Regular Planning Meetings50% of Disciples Participate in Disciple-Maturing Groups
88Sunday School Is Not for Everyone! Behaviors Guaranteed to Work? No!Some will NEVER respond to an organized approach.Some will NEVER come inside your building.Jesus Fit the Method to the Person. – Not a bad idea!
89God, We want to accomplish the mission to which You have called Your Church. Let us quit talking about it, and Just Do It! Help us to Go! Make Disciples that lives may be transformed by Your Power. In our Sunday School small group, Amen
90Creating a Disciple-Making Culture in the Sunday School