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1 Creating a Disciple-Making Culture in the Sunday School

2 In Your Group… Use the paper and markers provided… Define: Transformation…

3 How would you define: Transformation … Webster… an act, process, or instance of transforming or being transformedtransformingtransformed to change in character or condition To Convert

4 What 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 12:2

5 Matthew 28: RSV Go make disciples Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Transformational Co - Mission

6 Define: Disciple… A disciple is… A Learner A Student A Follower

7 How did Jesus Make Disciple? “Come Follow Me” Rabbi – “Come learn with me” Disciples – yes Believers – probably not Philip – Show us the Father… Left Him - Walked no more with Him. John 6:66 Judas – a disciple that never believed

8 Jesus’ Disciple-Making Process Go, make disciples… 1.Learner Disciples – Go, make disciples… – “Come learn with us!” Baptizing Them… 2.Believer Disciples – Baptizing Them… – Learners become believers Teaching them to observe… 3.Fully Devoted, Reproducing disciples – Teaching them to observe… – The role of mature believers is to disciple new believers.

9 Not perfect Rough around the edges Unfinished A work in Progress Not Bible Scholar! Not Spiritual Giant! A disciple is a learner who becomes a believer and then a fully devoted, reproducing follower of Jesus. A Disciple Is…

10 What 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.

11 What is a Disciple-Making Culture? Making Disciples is the focus of the group members’… Beliefs, Attitudes, Values, and Goals of Everyday Existence Lifestyle Behaviors and Practices Rarely is a disciple made before a relationship has been built!

12 Transformation is Radical Change …and more

13 Change… 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.

15 Metamorphosis Cocoon – Caterpillar to Butterfly Sunday School is that… Open and inviting community where potential disciples are welcome and expected. Safe Place where the Holy Spirit does His work of transformation Where learner disciples can ask the hard questions Where learner disciples are mentored by stories and testimonies of believer disciples

16 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.

17 Behaviors 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!

18 Behaviors 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 them He involved them in ministry.

19 Behaviors 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.

20 Mission 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.

21 Create a Sunday school Ministry Team Pastor Preschool Leader Student Leader Adult Leader Children Leader Special Ministry Leader S.S. Director-Team Leader, Outreach and Ministry Coordinators Without a team, the Sunday School Director’s hands are tied.

22 The Functions of the Sunday School Ministry Team 1.Spring Annual Planning: to accomplish the mission of the church 2.Monthly Coordination: a.Evaluate b.Coordinate c.Plan Ahead Are We making disciples?

23 Team Behaviors 1.K 1.K now Your Disciple-Making Potential 2.E 2.E nlarge The Organization for Making Disciples 3.E 3.E nlist and Train Disciple-Making Leaders 4.P 4.P rovide Space and Equipment for Making Disciples 5.Go! 5.Go! Make Disciples KEEP Go! KEEP Go ing ! Arthur Flake

24 Know Your Disciple-Making Potential

25 In the Work Place As 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 Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples

26 In the Home As 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 Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples

27 By Involving Members of His Small Group Philip 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 Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples

28 By Organizing Teams When 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 Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples

29 By Organizing Teams After 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 Jesus Discovered Potential Disciples

30 Behavior One: Behavior One: Discover Potential Disciples Jesus discovered potential disciples where they were. – Work Place – Community – Homes He sent out teams to discover the disciple- making potential.

31 Behavior One: Behavior One: Discover Potential Disciples Demographics Study - Potential Disciple Cards Community Census Telephone Surveys Church Membership Worship Guests VBS and Special Events FRANs

32 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture The Sunday School Conducts Two (2) Potential Disciple Discovery Actions Each Year.

33 Potential Disciple Card 1. Who do you know that has never told you personally about their relationship with Jesus Christ? NAME: _______________________________ ADDRESS: ____________________________ Adult – Young Adult – Youth PHONE #: ____________________________ 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.

34 Behavior Two: Behavior 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.

35 Behavior Two: Behavior 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.

36 Behavior Two: B. Maintain Strong Average Attendance of Disciples in Bible Study Disciples attending worship only - 15% still active disciples 5 years later. Disciples attending worship and Sunday School - 87% still active disciples 5 years later

37 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture The Sunday School average attendance equals 40% – 60 % of Total Enrollment

38 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture The Sunday School Disciple Enrollment Is at Least 10% Greater than Resident Church Membership.

39 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Half of the Disciples Attending Regularly also Attend a Closed, Disciple- Maturing Group. 1:2

40 Enlarge Organization for Making Disciples

41 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 The Early Church Enlarges

42 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 1:8 One group of 12 couldn’t reach all the potential new disciples Multiple people groups needed to be reached Jesus Commisions Disciples to Reach People Groups

43 The 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

44 Behavior Three: Behavior Three: Create Disciple-Making Small Groups Start new disciple-making small groups. With each new small group, expect an increase of 10 new disciples.

45 Behavior Three: Behavior Three: Create Disciple-Making Small Groups Who is your ‘People Group’?  Age Grading  Life-Stage Young Adult Parents Empty Nesters Retirees  Affinity Groups  Inter-generational Groups

46 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Sunday School has 1 Small Group per 18 disciples enrolled. 1:18

47 Principle of Reproduction: When a small group reaches maximum enrollment and average attendance, reproduce.

48 Enlist and Train Disciple-Making Leaders

49 Jesus Enlists Leaders Jesus 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

50 Jesus 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

51 Behavior Four: Behavior Four: A. Enlist Disciple-Making Leaders 1.Pray for Disciple-Making Leaders 2.Do Gift Assessment 3.Match Leader to Ministry Based on Gifts and Passion 4.Use Proper Enlistment Procedure 5.Focus on Leaders Role in the Mission of the Church to Make Disciples

52 Small Group Ministry Teams Outreach Leaders Teachers Adult/Student Care Group Leaders 1 / 4-5

53 Class Care Groups Regular Member Care Group Leader Regular Member Irregular Member Chronic Absentee

54 Discipling Ministry Touches Care Group Leaders Contact Every Member Every Week. – Prayer Needs – Ministry Needs – Stimulation for Sunday’s Bible Study – Request Attendance Minister to Members Needs Evangelistic Visits

55 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Discipleship ministry touches equal the enrollment weekly 1:1

56 Principle of Reproduction: When leader/disciple ratio reaches maximum, enlist or reproduce.

57 Behavior Four: Behavior Four: B. Train Leaders to Make Disciples You enlist your potential or your problems. You get what you train for. In-Service Training – The Apprentice Annual Training Regular Leadership Planning Meetings – 10 Minutes Tops for Teachers – Outreach and Care Group Leader Training

58 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Sunday School has 1 Leader per 5 disciples enrolled. 1:5 Leaders include General Leaders plus Department Leaders and Class Ministry Team: Teachers, Outreach Leaders, Care Group Leaders.

59 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Every Sunday School Participates in One (1) Training Each Year. - 1:1

60 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture 75% of Leaders Participate in Regular Planning Meetings.

61 Provide Disciple- Making Space

62 The 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

63 The Early Church Made Room for Making More Disciples Question: How do you think the “People… liked what they saw”? AAn organic, vibrant community that pulled people into a culture of friendship.. T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!!!

64 Behavior Five: Behavior 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. Flake When 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 Triads Sunday School on Campus is not for everyone

65 Principle of Reproduction: When a small group reaches 80% of maximum space capacity, reproduce.

66 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Provide One Space for Each Small Group. - 1:1

67 Go! Make Disciples.

68 How 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 4:23 Jesus ministry focused on three Kingdom Actions: Jesus ministry focused on three Kingdom Actions: 1.Teaching 2.Evangelism 3.Ministry

69 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.

70 Behavior Six: Behavior Six: Develop a Potential Disciples List for Each Small Group Sunday School Outreach Process for Making Disciples: 1.Each Small Group has an Outreach Leader 2.Outreach Leader Coordinates Potential Disciples’ List 3.Members Complete a Potential Disciples Card 4.Members Give card to the Outreach Leader 5.Outreach Leader places name on the Potential Disciples List. 6.Outreach Leader assigns name to a Care Group Leader 7.Care Group Cultivates Potential Disciple

71 Behavior Six: Behavior Six: Develop a Potential Disciples List for Each Small Group Outreach Ideas: Build Meaningful Relationships with Potential Disciples – BEST! Ice Cream Evangelism – Josh Hunt Invite Every Prospect to Every Party Every Month – Josh Hunt Invitation: Come Learn With Us! MTV – Outreach – Allan Taylor, Woodstock, FBC – Mail or – Telephone Call – Visit Regular Visitation – Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly

72 Evangelistic Prayer List Prayer Requests and Announcements – Members: 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.

73 Potential Disciple Card 1. Who do you know that has never told you personally about their relationship with Jesus Christ? NAME: _______________________________ ADDRESS: ____________________________ Adult – Young Adult – Youth PHONE #: ____________________________ 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.

74 Potential Disciples File

75 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Potential Disciples List Equals Number of Disciples Enrolled. 1:1

76 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Each Small Group Has an Outreach Leader. 1:1

77 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Regular Outreach Visitation: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly.

78 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Each Small Group Keeps an Evangelistic Prayer List. 1:1

79 Remember, What happens on Sunday Morning Is a Direct Reflection of What Has Been Going On During the Week!

80 Behavior Seven: Behavior Seven: Missional Projects Short-Term Missions Projects Community Based Influence Community to Reflect the Kingdom of God Focus on Lost and Unchurched

81 Goal for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture Each Small Group participates in a Quarterly Missional Project. 1:1/qtr.

82 Behavior Results Worship – At least 10% more in worship than in Sunday School Baptisms – 1 Baptist for every 15 Disciples enrolled in Sunday School Offerings – Per Capita Giving Increases

83 Sunday 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!

84 Disciple-Making Behaviors I.Know Your Disciple Making Potential 1)Discover Potential Disciples 2)A. Invite and Enroll Potential Disciples B. Average Attendance II.Enlarge the Organization for Making Disciples 3)Create Disciple-Making Groups III.Enlist and Train Disciple-Making Leaders 4)A. Enlist Disciple-Making Leaders B. Train Leaders to Make Disciples

85 Disciple-Making Behaviors IV.Provide Space for Disciples 5)Space for Disciples V.Go! Make Disciples 6)Potential Disciples on File 7)Missional Projects

86 Goals for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture 1.Two (2) Potential Disciple Discovery Actions Per Year- 1:1 2.A. Disciple Enrollment > 10% of Resident Church Membership -B. Average Attendance = 40% - 50% of Total Enrollment 3.One Small Group per Eighteen Disciples Enrolled - 1:18 4.A. One Leader per Five Disciples Enrolled – 1:5 B. Leaders Participate in One Training per Year – 1:1 5.One Space for Each Small Group – 1:1 6.Potential Disciples List = Number of Disciples Enrolled – 1:1 7.Each Group Participates in a Quarterly Missional Project – 1:1

87 Goals for Creating a Disciple-Making Culture 8.Every Disciple Receives a Ministry Touch Each Week – 1:1 9.Each Group Keeps an Evangelistic Prayer List – 1:1 10.Regular Outreach Visitation – Wk, Mo. Qtr % of Leaders Participate in Regular Planning Meetings 12.50% of Disciples Participate in Disciple-Maturing Groups

88 Sunday 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!

89 God, 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

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