Monday, February 18, 2013

How a New Group Was Born

A couple of weeks ago my son, who works at LifeWay, emailed me an article a friend of mine wrote about his and my experience as a Sunday School teacher in our church. Dwayne McCrary and I teach Sunday School at Northside Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is also a team leader for adult curriculum at LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, Tennessee.

We had been teaching our Sunday School group together for several years. Last year we felt it was time to lead our group to start a new Bible study group. We both believe the key to a strong Bible teaching ministry is small groups. Our choice of small group ministry is the Sunday School model. As Dwayne so aptly says:
Our goal is to continue creating new groups in which everyone can be involved and engaged in life-changing Bible study.
The best environment for that to take place is in the context of relationships which are strongest when a group is small.

I would encourage you to read Dwayne's story and consider what you need to do to start new Bible study groups in your church setting. The debate is not about whether it should be in the context of Sunday School, small groups, or some other venue. The issue is creating a place where we teach the Bible to people so that they might learn how to study and live the Word of God, experience transformation, and connect with God, the church and the lost.

Click here to view Dwayne's article: How a New Group Was Born