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I’m teaching a breakout at the 360 Nashville Conference this week.

Here is the Building an Effective Small Group Ministry Handout for those attending the session.

360 Nashville Conference

Matt Lawson

 

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  2. Adult Leader Info & Expectations
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Interesting discussion in my small group of 9th grade guys this past weekend. We’re discussing quiet times and there were three thoughts on why it’s difficult to spend regular, consistent time with God.

Set these three thoughts in the context of developing a relationship with the opposite sex (the most obvious & relatable perspective a student has) and you can see the obvious difficulties in cultivating time with God.

  • Very little in life involves being still

Unless its video games, there’s not much in a student’s life that correlates to being still & quiet for any amount of time.

  • You can’t visibly see who you’re spending time with

One student likened this to the “awkward birthday call” from a relative you’ve never met.

  • You don’t truly know or understand God

A student likened this to an online dating experience, asking questions like, “Is this person real? How do I know if this person is believable? If I met this person would they be different than I imagined?”

How would you coach a conversation on time with God when these three objections come up?

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Something that I have learned over the years is that the teaching starts the minute the first student shows up.  The way that you greet students makes a huge impact on their decision to pay attention to your teaching time later on that evening. 

Here are a few things that need to be done when a student shows up to your program, small group, etc.

Call students by their name – If you know the students make sure that you call them by their names.  I have often said that the most valuable thing a student owns is his/her name.  By calling them by name you have shown that they are valuable to your ministry.

Ask students about their week – You may not get a whole lot out of the question, but keep asking them.  You never know when they will come to you and share something important going on.  One thing that I’ve done before in small group is to have students share if they’ve had a good week or bad week and why it was a good or bad week.

Let students know that you are glad to see them – Just saying those few words lets them know that you care and are excited that they are at your program. 

This whole process may only take a minute, but sometimes students will really stop and share with you some things that are going on in their life.  Make the most of the first few minutes when a student walks into your program because it will set the tone for their time with you.

Adam Reed is the Middle School Pastor at Prince Avenue Baptist in Athens, GA. You can find him over at Life in the Middle.

 

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This is the content of our spring leadership training and are the defining “wins” for our leaders in their TEACHING responsibilities.

1. Passion
Teaching with Passion communicates this matters

Passion is more than excitement, though essential. Passion is talking to every student who comes through the door. It’s engaging in every conversation. It’s genuine interest in questions and conversations. Passion is the leader setting the atmosphere.

2. Skills
Demonstrating the right skills communicates this is convincing

Essential skills include preparation, presentation, and teaching methods.

3. Truth
Teaching sound biblical truth communicates this is right

All else is lost without teaching accurately the Word of God. Clearing up uncertainty about a passage or chapter or theme is critical before carelessly engaging students. Helps include commentaries, bible encyclopedias, and basic bible interpretation principles.

4. Relationship
Developed relationships both inside and outside class communicates this is believable

Healthy relationships outside of class help students give you their time and attention. Developing a system of communication with students outside of class will help you both organize your time and understand who you are teaching and often how to make application.

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Can you imagine if we had to cancel a Sunday School hour or certain classes in high school ministry because we didn’t have the leaders to fill the gaps?  How sad that would be, especially if it was your son or daughter’s class.

 

Well, that’s not really happening but it COULD happen to specific classes UNLESS

We find new teachers and coordinators to fill vital roles to accommodate growth in our ministry.

Our ministry has grown fast and we’re trying to keep pace with birthing new classes to allow for your students to have a personal relationship with their teacher.  We want to keep class sizes at a reasonable number so that our teachers can be more effective. If you’re a parent, I know you desire that for your student as well.

Right now, we have a GREAT NEED for additional teachers as well as non-teaching roles at every hour.  Here are our needs:

8:00 HOUR NEEDS
3 Male Teachers
7 Female Teachers
2 Coordinators (non-teaching)

9:30 HOUR NEEDS
4 Male Teachers
2 Female Teachers
3 Coordinators (non-teaching)

11:00 HOUR NEEDS
8 Male Teachers
6 Female Teachers
2 Coordinators (non-teaching)

Would you join our team this year in leading students or do you know someone who would be a great candidate?  If so, please email me personally and let me know matt.lawson@fbcw.net

Listen to what Christine Davey [current SS teacher and now HS staff member] says about leading a group of girls every week…

“I love our sunday school girls like they were my own daughters!  It’s so encouraging to be able to instruct them in the ways of God’s Word, and to encourage growth in their intimacy with Christ!”

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If you or someone you know may be even remotely interested in serving as a teacher or a non-teaching role this year in High School Ministry, please email me directly and right now at matt.lawson@fbcw.net.