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The musings of a 30 year Sunday School practitioner, leader, author, blogger, and LifeWay Christian Resource’s Director of Sunday School. Practical tips for leading Bible study groups on and off your church campus.

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In this episode I share the 10 common factors found in fast-growing Sunday School churches. These 10 factors have been around for a while, but sadly we may not pay them the attention we should. The 10 factors were found in the fastest growing churches in Georgia, as documented by leaders at the Georgia Baptist Convention, and published in the book Keys Strategies for Healthy Sunday Schools.

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Don't have the memory of an elephant? No problem! In this episode I share 5 ways you can more easily remember the names of people you meet. Let's end those awkward moments and panic attacks that happen when we run into someone we've previously met, but now we can't remember their name. All you have to do is:

  1. Use the 3X rule
  2. Associate the name
  3. Rhyme it
  4. Write it down
  5. Use facial recognition

 

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In this episode I talk through some reasons why we shouldn't have the funeral for Sunday School just yet. Sunday School isn't going away any time soon, and it is poised to make a comeback in post-COVID 19 America. After the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1917-1919, churches experienced rapid growth in Bible study groups and in worship services. Could we be on the verge of this again in 2020?

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Churches are on the verge of reopening their doors to worshipers. Now is the time to make financial investments that will benefit the church as she regathers for worship, Bible study, and ministry. In this episode, I share 5 investments that could make a significant difference for many churches in the area of (1) technology (2) cleaning and sanitizing (3) training (4) disposable masks (5) benevolence ministry.

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In this episode we'll consider 5 ways to boost discussion in Bible study groups. If your group sits in rows, this episode will be especially helpful in creating a new "conversational community" when you gather for Bible study. You're in control of your room and your group, and with a few minor changes, you can watch - or rather listen - to the conversations take off!

Check out my blog post at kenbraddy.com (May 13 post) about boosting discussion in your online group!

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In this episode, I share six reasons why bigger isn't better when it comes to Bible study groups. If you want to make disciples, downsize for discipleship! That's the way Jesus made disciples - He spent his days with his group of 12 disciples and an inner group of three. Smaller groups are better because:

1. Smaller groups can meet anywhere.

2. Smaller groups increase "conversational community."

3. Smaller groups help people connect.

4. Smaller groups are easier to teach.

5. Smaller groups keep people from falling through the cracks.

6. Small groups are places where discipleship takes place.

 

Book mentioned: 3 Roles for Guiding Groups 

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Every Bible study group is going to have dropouts - people who go AWOL (Absent Without Leave). If you're a group dropout, it can be very difficult to get reconnected. Teachers and group members often don't know what to do in order to reclaim former, active group members. In this episode I share 10 ways to reengage group dropouts. 

 

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April 16, 2020

Battling Burnout

Every group leader battles burnout at some time or another. Is this your story right now? Do you know anyone fighting ministry fatigue? In this episode I share 5 ways to deal with burnout. 

1. Take a sabbatical

2. Talk to God

3. Seek godly counsel

4. Talk with others

5. Realize you are not a failure

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In this episode I talk about three important words that savvy group leaders say all the time. These three little words are game changers for Bible study leaders in several different ways. If you aren't using them, it's time to start!

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In this episode I reveal 10 ways to call attention to your church's Sunday School ministry. Most guests begin a journey of exploration at your church in the worship service, but we both know they need to make their way into a small group Bible study experience. How will you intentionally lift up your church's Bible teaching options to them?

1. Pray for a class and its teacher every week.

2. Interview an individual or a family on stage.

3. Have an annual commissioning service.

4. Preach a sermon series on groups and the importance of belonging to a Bible study class.

5. Feature one group and its teacher every week in your worship bulletin.

6. Create a special "Sunday School registration card."

7. Promote upcoming Bible study series used by your groups to generate interest.

8. Preach a sermon series that aligns with your adult group's curriculum series.

9. Encourage guests to stay and visit a Bible study group after the worship service.

10. Nudge people to attend a group instead of the worship service, especially those people who give the church only one hour on Sunday.

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