Seven Steps to Enlisting Sunday School Leaders

161116light-bulb-hand-select-choose-new-ideaThe 2016 U.S. presidential election was quite a spectacle! During the primaries, the Republicans seemed to get a new candidate every day. Then there was the general election campaign to elect the new President!

You don’t want your process of selecting Sunday school leaders to look like that!

Sunday school leaders should be enlisted not elected. Nominating committees work diligently to enlist volunteers for various positions of leadership in the church. A few Sunday school classes actually elect their teacher. The teacher of these classes often accept the task of teaching, but will they cooperate with church leaders to understand Sunday school as a strategy for growing the church? Continue reading “Seven Steps to Enlisting Sunday School Leaders”

Does Your Congregation Need a Worship Rehearsal?

Editor’s note: This article was authored by Paul Clark authored shortly before he suffered a devastating stroke in November 2015. We wanted to pass it along to honor Paul’s commitment to ministry.

161109church-worship-serviceBy Paul Clark Jr.

Have you ever thought about proposing a church worship rehearsal? Yes, I mean a rehearsal for worship that involves the entire congregation.

What is a worship rehearsal? It’s a time of practicing together those aspects of corporate worship that you do regularly.

Just think about how you do other rehearsals. You break things down into separate components and rehearse them, so that when they go back together they are executed well. Continue reading “Does Your Congregation Need a Worship Rehearsal?”

Four Foundations to Grow a Great Sunday School

161102girl-hand-reading-open-bibleTony Evans told a story about lying in bed and noticing a crack in the ceiling. He calls a painter and the painter repairs the crack and repaints. A few months later, Tony looks up and notices the crack had reappeared. A little annoyed, he calls the painter and he once again repairs the crack and repaints. A few more months go by and the crack again reappears. This time Tony calls a different painter. The painter observes the damaged ceiling and says he can’t help. Tony asks him, “What do you mean? You’re a painter!” The painter replies that, of course, he could repair the crack and repaint, but that isn’t the problem. The problem is that the house’s foundations are shifting. Continue reading “Four Foundations to Grow a Great Sunday School”

God Loves Small Churches

161005small-church-building-model-hands-womanSomeone has said God must love small churches because he made so many of them. While some may argue with that logic, there is no doubt that most churches are small churches.

Our Tennessee Baptist Convention is primarily composed of smaller membership churches. Approximately 2,200 of our 3,000 TBC churches have fewer than 100 people in Sunday school and most of those are rural churches. Each one of them matter to our Heavenly Father, and all of them have the potential to make an impact on their community and the world for Christ. Continue reading “God Loves Small Churches”

Four Simple Ways to Bring Diversity to Your Church

160928hands-diversity-ethnic-group-circleDecades ago, Martin Luther King Jr. called the 11 a.m. hour on Sunday morning “the most segregated hour in America.”

Statistics show that it still is. A vast majority of American churches have congregations that are primarily made up of one racial group, rather than the diverse ethnicity of the general population. People still worship in white churches, black churches, Asian churches and Latino churches. Continue reading “Four Simple Ways to Bring Diversity to Your Church”

Four Ways to Connect Worship Attenders to Your Church

160907connect-chalkboardWhy do most Tennessee Baptist churches have more people in worship each Sunday than in Sunday school?

When I checked last, the average Tennessee Baptist church had approximately 75 percent of their worship attendance in a small group or in Sunday school. My assumption was that the double-digit churches would have a higher percentage but, to my surprise, they averaged around 75 percent as well. Continue reading “Four Ways to Connect Worship Attenders to Your Church”

Climate Changers Part 1: Evangelism That’s Easy and Fun

160824changing-enviroment-climate-changers-split-screenEvangelism in the New Testament is organic — natural and irregular. Evangelism should occur naturally from all believers and will occur at irregular times. Evangelism was not programmed. Instead, evangelism arose from personal preparation.

The evangelist was prepared because evangelism could happen at anytime with anyone, as the Holy Spirit guided. The heart of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) is that we are to be prepared to share our faith “while we are going, journeying, traveling and dying.” Continue reading “Climate Changers Part 1: Evangelism That’s Easy and Fun”

Celebrate Baptism With Students!

160817baptism-water-woman-silhouetteAs you think about your youth ministry, why not plan a youth baptism celebration? Are there students in your youth ministry who have made salvation decisions but have not been baptized? Are there students who have been putting baptism off for whatever reason?

A youth baptism celebration – held in the church baptistery, a swimming pool, lake, a horse water trough, or a river – can energize your youth group and the entire church! Be sure to invite the entire church family to be a part – and of course the families of all the students that you will baptize. Continue reading “Celebrate Baptism With Students!”

What Is the Cloud and Why Would I Want to Be There?

By Raymond Smith160810cloud-computing-security

“The Cloud,” simply stated, is a computer or a group of computers working together connected to the Internet.  If you own a cell phone, or a smartphone, you probably are already using the cloud. Most carriers are using “The Cloud” to back up your phone’s configuration, photos and apps.

The major advantage of using cloud computing is the ability to reach one’s data, information, and files from any place at any time.  A second advantage would be reducing the cost of buying the computers and building your own computer network. Continue reading “What Is the Cloud and Why Would I Want to Be There?”

Five Steps to Becoming an Outwardly-Focused Church

church_seatsWhen I was a student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, my professor of counseling, Stanley Watson, used to say “Actions precede attitudes.” He would speak about how a married couple who say they no longer love each other can rekindle those loving emotions through performing loving actions toward one another.

Actions can lead to attitudes. I have found that principle true in my life. Continue reading “Five Steps to Becoming an Outwardly-Focused Church”