When I am speaking to a group of teachers about organizing their classes, someone will invariably say, “We don’t have an outreach leader” or “We don’t have an outreach leader.” I always respond the same way: “Yes, you do!” You see, if you are the leader, and you don’t have someone in those or other positions, you ARE that leader! However, it is too much for any one person. So we need a team.
Time: Developing a high performance team takes time. The ideal is a weekly planning meeting. Also the entire Sunday school team should meet monthly. These meetings need to be well planned and balanced with information and motivation
Encouragement: The fuel that powers effective teams is relationships. Sometimes leaders get so busy they can burnout. Each class needs an inreach leader to encourage the class.
Accountability: Effective teams have clear roles and responsibilities, and hold each other accountable. There is one thing worse than a vacancy: a filled vacancy with one who has the title, but doesn’t do the job. Often, the reason is that the responsibilities were not communicated when they were enlisted for the job.
Mission: High performing teams share a common purpose and goal. For Sunday School teams, a mission that compels is bigger than just showing up on Sunday mornings and going through the motions. It is rather a commitment to utilizing Sunday School as an intentional strategy to help people connect to the church, to Christ, to each other, and to opportunities for ministry. Is your Sunday school/small group team built around a mission to help people invite, discover, and connect?
We Labor Together With God, Wes