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The Sunday School Growth Evaluation Plan

Ken Marler

Partnership Specialist

LifeWay Christian Resources

Ken.Marler@lifeway.com

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Healthy Things GrowGrowing Things ChangeChanging Things ChallengeChallenges Drive us to Trust GodTrusting God Leads to ObedienceObedience Leads to HealthHealthy Things Grow

enrollment
Enrollment
  • Growth Goal: Increased enrollment over last year

Enrollment = Ministry

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Enrollment
  • Increased Enrollment means:
  • Increased Sunday School attendance
  • Increased Worship attendance
  • Increased ministry
  • Increased baptisms
  • Increased offerings
  • Increased number of workers
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Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Anywhere

Anytime

If They Agree

enrollment3
Enrollment

How?

1. Enrollment Cards

2. During Bible Study

3. During Worship Services

4. During Visitation

5. Special Church Events

enrollment4
Enrollment

The Key Is Follow-Up

1. Deliver Bible Study Resources

2. Provide Information

3. Provide Transportation

4. Sit With New Members/Guests

5. Stand With New Members

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Enrollment

Guiding Principles

1. Think People Not Percentages

2. Drop Persons From The Roll When They Die

3. Ministry! Ministry! Ministry!

units
Units

Growth Goal: One per 18 persons enrolled in Bible Study

Without new units being developed regularly you are organized for maintenance

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Units

Bible Study Classes reach their maximum effectiveness in 12-18 months

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Units

CAUTION:

1. Class members become overly attached to the teacher.

2. Class members become overly attached to the room

3.Class members become overly attached to each other

4. A class stops growing

5. A class stops sending members out

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Units

Guiding Principles:

1. Space determines unit enrollment

2. New units determine growth

3. New unit considerations:

  • a class with a large enrollment
  • a class with broad age ranges
  • a target group not being reached
  • a lifestyle class
  • off campus classes
ministry touches
Ministry Touches

Growth Goal:

Everyone on the ministry list should be contacted every week for ministry

  • The roll is the ministry list
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Ministry Touches
  • Devise a strategy to contact everyone on the ministry list every week
attendance
Attendance

Growth goal:

An attendance of 40%-60% of the enrollment should be achieved

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Attendance

Attendance Follows Ministry

space
Space

Growth Principle:

One space for every on campus unit

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Space

Four types of space

  • Worship
  • Education
  • Parking
  • Preschool

When any of these is 80% full consider the space full

space2
Space

Discover space

1. Available

2. Adjusted

3. Adjacent

4. Adapted

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Space

Guiding Principle:

Space should never keep a church from reaching people

leaders
Leaders

Growth Goal:

One Worker for every five persons on the Sunday School ministry list

Leaders: Those who are involved in the work of teaching, reaching, or ministry

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Leaders

Four things every adult class need to do to help members leave

1. Missionary Member board

2. FYI phone call to missionary member immediately after church

3. Missionary member receives a ministry contact during the week

4. Monthly party

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Leaders

Guiding Principles:

  • Pray for workers to be called
  • Learn the art of discovery
  • Learn the art of encouragement and motivation
leaders in training
Leaders in Training

Growth Goal:

Every leader participates in leadership training every year

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Leaders in Training

Determine a strategy to enable every Leader to earn their leadership diploma in one year

  • Individual
  • Church
  • Association
  • State
  • National
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Leaders in Training

Guiding Principles:

  • Every leader in training: and it is never ending
  • No leader says, “I already know that.”
sunday school leadership meeting
Sunday School Leadership Meeting

Growth Goal:

75% of workers attending a weekly team meeting

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Sunday School Leadership Meeting

Four areas of work to be done

1. Focus on Mission

2. Focus on Relationships

3. Focus on Bible Study

4. After the meeting

1 pray

1. Pray

Every Meeting For:

1. The lost

2. The unchurched/backslidden

3. The teacher

4. The class leaders

5. The church staff

6. Intercessory Needs

7. The Church’s Ministry

2 promote resources

2. Promote Resources

Available Training Resources (the latest study course materials, books, articles, web sites, etc.)

Upcoming training events

Church Training events (Discipleship training or special training sessions)

Associational Training events (check with the DOM office for locations)

State Training events (check the website for locations)

National training events (Ridgecrest, Glorieta)

3 principles

3. Principles

Remember the timeless growth principles that will always work.

Enrollment

Outreach/Evangelism

Prospects

Birthing New Classes

Organization and structure

Inreach

4 plan

4. Plan

Set goals

Determine strategies to meet goals

Plan for intentional growth (do the necessary little things to make a difference)

persons in discipleship
Persons in Discipleship

Growth goal:

At least one half of the Sunday School attendance is enrolled in a Discipleship class.

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Persons in Discipleship

These classes are closed and are for building Great Commission Christians

  • A director of Discipleship is needed in every adult class
worship attendance
Worship Attendance

Growth Goal:

No more than 10-20% more in worship than in Sunday School.

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Worship Attendance

Remember to get persons in worship services on the ministry list who are not already on the Sunday School ministry list

offerings
Offerings

Growth Goal:

Sunday School attendance multiplied by the per capita giving

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Offerings

Divide weekly undesignated

offerings by the average Sunday School attendance.

This gives the per capita giving

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Offerings

Guiding Principle:

We do not need more money!

We need more people!

prospects
Prospects

Growth Goal:

Prospects = Ministry List

  • Anyone who does not attend Bible Study is your prospect.
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Prospects

Valid Prospect:

Someone who is assigned a class with proper information

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Prospects

How?

1. I know a prospect cards

2. Opinion Polls/People Search

3. New Residence information

4. Special event registration

5. Broadman Prospect Services

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Prospects

Guiding Principles:

1. Equal to the number on the ministry list

2. A director of prospecting to keep everyone aware of the need

3. Anyone not attending Bible Study is a prospect

outreach
Outreach

Growth Goal:

Every class involved in outreach every week

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Outreach
  • Train persons “How To”
  • Give the motivation
  • Provide the organization to assimilate new persons
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The Sunday School Growth Evaluation Plan

Ken Marler

Partnership Specialist

LifeWay Christian Resources