Why New groups Are Desperately Needed

For years pastors and Sunday School directors expected teachers to surround themselves with other workers to get the important tasks of Sunday School done. Adult and youth teachers were expected to enlist (1) a secretary to keep attendance records; (2) an outreach leader to help the class pray for and reach out to their people group; (3) member care leaders to help the class pray for, contact, and meet the needs of members; (4) greeters to lead the class to welcome and register guests; (5) and an apprentice teacher to enlarge the teaching team and prepare for a new class start

When pastors and directors got busy and stopped expecting teachers to surround themselves with other workers, they set in motion a major crisis with far-reaching consequences. Without expectations, the teachers who were busy did not fill vacant class positions. When the positions were vacated, the span of care began to suffer and attendance began to stop growing, plateau, and start to decline. The teacher tried initially to cover missing responsibilities but soon recognized it was beyond his/her ability. Member care and outreach were a struggle without champions to lead the class to carry them out.

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Wags – The Prodigal Dog

I have a pretty regular morning routine. The alarm goes off at 4:50 am. Debbie gets up and gets coffee. There is a reason why she gets it and not me. We drink coffee, read, and talk(?). Debbie heads to the Gym at 5:20. Wags and I prepare for our mile plus morning walk. It’s routine.

Monday morning upon our return from our morning constitution, as usual, I let Wags run free for a few minutes. Her first order of business is to enforce a squirrel free zone. She then makes a few zig zags and returns front and center. Well, not on this day! She leaps like an escapee. I call, I clap, I holler, and I walk around the house and the alley.  She has vanished without a trace! You should have seen the determination in that escape. I jump in the truck and stalk the neighborhood, to no avail. I even head across town to previous known haunts. Nothing there. I make several more loops until the neighbors begin looking at me suspiciously.

I get ready to leave the house and head into town. I call for Wags to get in the truck – nothing. After a few more neighborhood circles, I am now getting neighborly glares, I set my face toward Carbondale.  My mind is full of tragic scenarios and questions. Did some nefarious individual pick her up? Did she get hit by a car? Did she run away from home? Was it my fault? Why did I let her run on her own?

Debbie, who is spending a school holiday at home agrees to keep watch, just in case. I keep close to my cell phone.

Out of the blue she appears! A muddy, slimy, wet exhausted mess! Debbie takes her, bathes her, and brings her in the house, and she rests.  I am relieved, happy, thankful, and… Wags is on restriction until further notice.

Bible Studies For Life – Kids Family App

Have you tried the Bible Studies For Life: Kids Family App? It’s a great way to start meaningful conversations with kids. The App is packed with activities that kids will enjoy playing and have conversation starter ideas for every lesson.

Kids today love media and this App isn’t short on anything media related. It has music, videos, and interactive activity pages. It’s a great tool to help strengthen families in your church. Parents today (and their kids) are never far from their electronic devices and this app provides a great way for families to connect with each other over a medium they love.

Each week the One Conversation page will tell parents exactly what session to look at on the app. The app is available in the Apple Store and in the Google Play store. It seems like I’m forgetting to tell you something, now, what was it?

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the app and contents is completely FREE!

Bible Studies for Life – Jeff Land

Six Reasons Comparisons Hurt Churches

Reason #4

4. When we compare, we become consumer members instead of serving members.The role of church members and leaders is to serve. We are to serve God first, and our fellow members next. When we compare churches, we are putting our self-interests and perceived needs ahead of others. We engage in “church shopping,” a phrase you will find nowhere in the Bible.

Read the complete article at Thom Rainer’s Blog