It takes a genuine commitment to have a successful Small Group. Here are 8 COMMITMENTS for ALL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS and SMALL GROUP LEADERS from the Georgia Baptist Sunday School Ministries web-site.
I really encourage Small Group leaders to look at these commitments and put them into practice. Resolve to not be “passive” about your class, but allow God to use it as a tool to reach people, teach people, and minister to people in Jesus’ name.
Your class will only work, if you work your class…
- “I have made a personal commitment of my life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.” A teacher/leader should be able to verbalize how their spiritual journey began and the difference that their commitment to Jesus is making in their daily life.
- “I have made the commitment to living out God’s Word.” Learning has not really taken place if no application has been put into practice.
- “I have made a commitment to daily reading/study of the Bible.” A teacher/leader will fail at their foundational goal if they are not progressing in spiritual growth.
- “I have made a commitment to the local church where I teach/lead.” Jesus came to establish the Church and one day will return to claim His bride. If Jesus is really important to you then you will cherish His bride.
- “I have made the commitment to teach the Bible.” The Bible is not like any other book ever written. It is God’s Word and thus has the power to change lives. Sure there are wonderful curriculum guides available but the Bible must remain the text book of our classes/groups.
- “I have made the commitment to organize my class/group to bring in new members and to care for members through consistent ministry.” When a class/group fails to bring in new members or it fails to ministry to members that is an indication that application of the Bible teaching has failed.
- “I have made the commitment to love all people.” This commitment will be evident in how people are treated and in comments we make about people. Those we are trying to lead, teach and/or reach will never respond if they are not convinced we really do value them as a person.
- “I have made the commitment to reproduce myself and my class/group.” This begins when a teacher/leader enlists someone that they can mentor. It continues when a class/group starts new class/group. This is the most difficult commitment for teachers/leaders but it may be the most rewarding.