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The. WELCOME!. 3D. SUNDAY SCHOOL. Please take a seat and complete the activity in your chair. . Why do you think this rope is constructed with three strands? List the advantages of having three strands in this rope. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Eccl 4:12 (HCSB).

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welcome

The

WELCOME!

3D

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Please take a seat and complete the activity in your chair.

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Why do you think this rope is constructed with three strands?List the advantages of having three strands in this rope.
during this session we are going to explore the three elements of a 3d sunday school
During this session we are going to explore the three elements of a 3D Sunday School:

Invite

Discover

Connect

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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

SUNDAY SCHOOL

GROUPS

Invite.

3D Sunday School groups invite people not merely because the class is responsible for getting people to attend Bible study, but rather because the class is responsible for attending to the lives of those people.

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Members enter into a kingdom “conspiracy” to work together to make their class a safe and hospitable environment.
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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

Discover.

3D Sunday School group members covenant together to create small group experiences in which members discover the great truths of the Bible and the faith stories of believers.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

Connect.

3D Sunday School group members work together to provide people the opportunity to connect through fellowship and ministry.

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How important is balance in life?

  • Can our Sunday Schools get out of balance?
  • What are some ways Sunday Schools get out of balance?
what happens if any one of these gets out of balance11
What happens if any one of these gets out of balance?

Invite.

What happens if the Sunday School class has a strong focus on reaching new people, but when they arrive the Bible study is not meaningful to them (discover) and they do not experience strong relationships and ministry with others in the class (connect)?

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What happens if any one of these gets out of balance?

Discover.

What happens if the Sunday School has placed its total focus on doing a good job of teaching for those who come, but it does not reach out to new people (invite) or build relationships with people they are reaching and seeking to reach nor minister to members and unchurched (connect)?

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What happens if any one of these gets out of balance?

What happens if fellowship and relationships are the number one issue and the intentional discovery of the Bible truths and how they apply to life take a backseat to fellowship and the focus is totally on present members with little or no focus on the unchurched?

Connect.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

“Invite, discover, and connect are intentionally interrelated—like the three sides of a triangle. The key to having a 3D Sunday School is balance… Which of the three strands is most important? Each of them!” —page 6

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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

3D Sunday School groups invite people not merely because the class is responsible for getting people to attend Bible study, but rather because the class is responsible for attending to the lives of those people.

Invite.

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Why do new people come to a church?

  • Dynamic worship
  • Children’s ministry
  • Student ministry
  • Personal invitation
  • Special events
  • Direct mail
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Personal Invitation

Much research has been done on why people come to church.

Consistently, 80-90% of the people surveyed say they first came to the church they currently attend because someone invited them.

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Is My Class an Open Group?

Answer yes or no to the statements on your handout.

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Is My Class an Open Group?

  • We intentionally seek to involve and connect with people who are not currently members.
  • We encourage new people to join at any time.
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Is My Class an Open Group?

  • Our class is ongoing and does not stop for periods of time.
  • Visitors can understand the study without having attended prior sessions.
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Is My Class an Open Group?

  • We celebrate when members leave to serve in other age groups.
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“Leaders and members alike in a 3D Sunday School class invite any person—indeed, every newcomer—to enroll at any time.”—page 8
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50%

rule

doors of opportunity29
Doors of opportunity. . .

Sunday School testimony.

invite how
Invite– How?
  • Enroll
  • Sunday School testimony
  • Crises
  • New frontiers
  • Face to face
  • Leave something
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Invite– Who?

N

A

R

F

riends

elatives

ssociates

eighbors

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Invite

“There is nothing more effective than a face-to-face invitation.”

—page 12

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Invite

“Nothing beats looking into someone’s face as you invite them to your class and witness to them about Christ.”

—page 13

invitation outreach leader
Invitation/Outreach Leader
  • Maintains the class prospect file.
  • Makes outreach assignments.
  • Leads the class to participate in visitation efforts.
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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

3D Sunday School group members covenant together to create small group experiences in which members discover the great truths of the Bible and the faith stories of believers.

Discover.

what do these words have in common
find, search, dig, uncover, explore, look up, identify, locate, observe, determine, propose, note, discern, ascertain, hunt for, detect, indicate, notice, contemplate, distinguish, name, describeWhat do these words have in common?
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“Regardless of how much you encourage members to invite others, they won’t do so if the class environment and group experience are not inviting.” —page 17

Do You Agree?

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A member discovers how God is at work in his/her life.

A member is compelled to discover God’s Word individually and as a group.

A member is encouraged to discover and read the Bible study materials (learner guide) prior to the Bible study session.

In a

3D

SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .

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A member is challenged to discover ways God’s Word applies to his/her life.

A member discovers people who need ministry, hope, fellowship, prayers, discipleship, and a fresh encounter with a Living God.

A member discovers ways to engage people in Sunday School.

In a

3D

SUNDAY SCHOOL . . .

discover what
Discover– What?
  • Preschool and up:
  • God
  • Jesus
  • Bible
  • Creation
  • Family
  • Self
  • Church and Kingdom
  • Community and World
discover what44
Discover– What?
  • Older Children add:
  • Salvation
  • Holy Spirit
discover what45
Discover– What?
  • Youth and Adults add:
  • Discipleship and the Christian life
  • Ethics and Morality
  • Reason and Faith
  • Rebellion and Sin
  • Time and Eternity
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Discover– What?

How does what a group studies affect whether or not it is an open group?

liven up lectures
Make an assignment to a class member.

Use visuals.

Ask questions, allowing learners to respond.

Use appropriate humor.

Liven Up Lectures

Teacher

Member

  • Ask questions.
  • Accept assignments from the teacher.
  • Read the lesson before class, marking it up for areas of interest or discussion.
discovery through discussion
Write out discussion questions.

Find great questions.

Use buzz groups, especially in a large class.

Set and maintain time limits.

Discovery through Discussion

Teacher

Member

  • Be ready to participate.
  • Express your thoughts.
  • Don’t dominate the discussion.
ask the right kinds of questions
Ask the Right Kinds of Questions
  • Open questions
  • Study questions
  • Apply questions
what is the value of each member having a learner guide
What is the value of each member having a learner guide?
  • Makes members feel more confident.
  • Helps guests feel more comfortable.
  • Communicates the value of preparation before class.
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What is the value of each member having a learner guide?
  • Content of the learner guide can be used during the session.
  • Having everything they need in the learner guide helps the newcomer feel “safe.”
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“First, I fell in love with my teacher. Then, I fell in love with my teacher’s Bible. Then I fell in love with my teacher’s Lord.”—page 24

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SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS

3D

3D Sunday School group members work together to provide people the opportunity to connect through fellowship and ministry.

Connect.

connect how important
Connect– How Important?

“People will come to your Bible study group and to churchif invited. Many will receive Christ as their Saviorif invited. Unfortunately, a disturbing number of these people will drop out . . . if notconnected.”—page 26

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Connect– How Important?

Where would a person get connected in your church prior to and after accepting Christ?

romans 12 13 hcsb

Romans 12:13 (HCSB)

“Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.”

be hospitable to one another without complaining

1 Peter 4:9 (HCSB)

“Be hospitable to one another without complaining.”

welcome center
Welcome Center

Welcome guests.

Provide literature about the church and its ministries.

Fill out registration forms for guests.

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Get as much information as possible.

Offer to enroll them in Sunday School.

Welcome Center
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Care/Connect Groups

5-7 people per group

Separate groups for men and women.

Care/Connect Leaders

Contact every assigned member every week.

Communicate prayer and ministry needs.

Care/Connect Leader

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Absentees

Discipleship

Ministry

CONNECT MEMBERS AND PROSPECTS

Prayer

Family

Fellowship

Worship

Affinity Group

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Remember that adequately staffing preschool, children’s, and student classrooms should be a priority.

Develop a culture where members are encouraged to serve.

Ministry

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Assign in-service members of adult classes to group leaders to stay in touch with them as associate members.

Involve in-service members in class activities.

Ministry

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Have a well-organized care group structure in order to communicate prayer requests and praise reports.

There are devotional helps like Open Windows to assist individuals in praying for missionaries by name.

Prayer

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Fellowship is a spiritual discipline; it requires time and must be planned.

Encourage groups to set aside specific times for class fellowship activities.

Fellowship

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Encourage fellowship activities by providing proper support through publicity and child care.

Fellowship often involves food.

Fellowship

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Group leaders contact every member every week.

Do not drop people unless they die, move beyond a reasonable driving distance, or join another church.

Regular contacts do not need to be extended conversations, especially for active members, just weekly touch points.

Absentees

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You will discover things about people: hobbies, interests, where they grew up, etc.

Connect people with common interests.

Common interests may be the basis for care groups.

Affinity Groups

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Connect newcomers to worship by accompanying them and offering to sit with them.

During worship, watch for new people who may be prospective class members.

Worship

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Encourage class participants to conduct personal worship each day at home.

Distribute devotional literature to all age groups.

Worship

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Sunday School is family friendly.

There are no baby-sitters, just teachers.

Prepare well for preschool, children, and students.

Families

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Have safety and security measures in place.

Have appropriate age group learning experiences.

Provide parents with supportive follow-up.

Families

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The Bible is the textbook of the Sunday School.

Sunday School cannot do the whole job of discipleship.

Discipleship

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Discipleship groups are closed groups focused on a specific subject or topic for a defined period.

Hold discipleship groups at a different time than when Sunday School meets.

Discipleship

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A Sunday Schoolaccomplishes foundational evangelism, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, worship, and much more.

3D

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Invites

Discovers

Connects

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Purposefully

Intentionally

Strategically