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The Role of Organization in Church Growth

Issue 30-5 – Church Growth – The Role of Organization in Church Growth – Tim Massengale

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Making Your Bus Minstry Evangelistic

Issue 30-4 – Church Growth – Making Your Bus Ministry Evangelistic – Tim Massengale

Making Your Bus Ministry Evangelistic

By Tim Massengale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus ministry works!  It is a highly effective tool for seeing the parents of your bus riders saved.  Last month I explained that it’s the job of the bus workers to build a relationship with these parents, to witness to them, and to then encourage them to attend church and / or take a home Bible study.  This approach is commonly called ‘Parentreach’ and has been used successfully in churches all over country.  Churches using Parentreach can point to several families each year that have been saved by their bus ministry.

 

However, a second focus of bus ministry must be to see the bus ministry children themselves come to full Bible salvation.  We must not be content to simply provide transportation to and from Sunday school, but we must also provide the chance for these bus riders to become, not just members of our Sunday school, but members of the family of God.

 

Too often our junior-age Sunday school classes follow a predictable pattern.  We start with a pre-session time which is followed by a time of worship and song.  We then have our lesson.  This is followed by a craft.  After this, a quick snack before the closing prayer.  Finally, it’s back to the bus for the ride home.  There is nothing wrong with this schedule, except that rarely does it provide a time for these children to seek God.  “But we do that during regular services,” you reply.  True, but bus children do not attend regular services.  Their only opportunity to receive the Holy Ghost is during the normal Sunday school hour.  We must make a conscious effort to make this time available.

 

Consider the children who ride our buses.  Most of them fall into two or three class levels:  Primary, Junior and perhaps a few in Junior High.  Occasionally we will get a few beginner and high school riders, but not many.  Most are between the ages of six and twelve.  Once into their teens, bus children often drop out of bus ministry.  In the minds of many older children, Sunday school is only for kids.

 

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A Bus Ministry That Bears Fruit

Issue 30-3 – Church Growth – A Bus Ministry That Bears Fruit – Tim Massengale

A Bus Ministry That Bears Fruit

By Tim Massengale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even more than Sunday school, the bus ministry has been attacked as being an expensive, nonproductive ministry.  Unfortunately it has been described by some as a “glorified baby-sitting program.” It is not, nor should it be!

 

Many churches have sold their buses and given up their routes. How sad! They have succumbed to the proverbial problem of “throwing out the baby with the bath water.” Perhaps the problem lay not with bus ministry, but with how they were using it. When bus ministry becomes only a “numbers game” to increase attendance, it is destined to fail.

 

The reason why some have seen poor results from their bus routes is two fold:

 

1) They failed to evangelize the bus children in the Sunday school classroom.

2) They failed to evangelize the bus parents in the home.

 

Bus ministry is not just a way to reach children with salvation – it’s also a way to see the parents saved. But to do so, the approach must be focused and direct.  Souls must be the primary objective from start to finish.

 

The “Parentreach” concept is a method to evangelize the parents of your bus children. The “Monthly Holy Ghost Sunday” or “Super Church Ministry” are methods to evangelize the bus children in the class room. Both approaches are highly effective. This month we will look at the first program and next month we will consider the second.

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The Faithfulness Factor

Issue 30-2 – Church Growth – The Faithfulness Factor – Tim Massengale

The faithfulness factor

By Tim Massengale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before any individual can be placed in a position of leadership, the question must first be asked, “Will this person be faithful?” Faithfulness, dependability, reliable, trustworthy – as we have explained before, these are attributes that are worth their weight in gold. They are much more desirable than only talent or ability. It does little good to have a youth leader who is fantastic with kids and terrific in personality, yet cannot be counted upon to fulfill his duties or is not loyal to the pastor. You would much rather have a person of lesser natural talent, but is faithful and dependable. This type of person can be trained and developed into a strong, powerful, leader for God.

 

Can faithfulness and dependability be trained into a person? Yes . . . sometimes. But it is often a long process, and many a shipwreck has resulted, because dependability is a spiritual problem rather than intellectual. The person must want to change. Such was the case of young John Mark. In Acts l5, Paul felt that Mark was not dependable to go with them, having abandoned them in Pamphylia when the work became difficult. But much later, after someone – perhaps his uncle Barnabas – worked with him, his dependability had strengthened, and Paul sent for him saying, “He is profitable to me for the ministry” (II Tim 4:11).

 

Leadership training can often turn a person around. The key is the directing hand of the Holy Ghost. Let the Spirit speak to you concerning an individual. God knows the heart and whether the person is useful to His work or not.

 

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Gathering Laborers for the Harvest

Issue 30-1 – Church Growth – Gathering Laborers for the Harvest – Tim Massengale

Gathering Laborers for the Harvest

By Tim Massengale

 

Several years ago a “critical issues” questionnaire was sent to a large number of church leaders. They were asked to list what they believed to be the most critical issues facing the church today. In overwhelming response, these leaders agreed that the number one critical issue was the need for trained workers and lay leaders to help in the organization and outreach areas of the church.

 

People who could work under pastoral leadership and help the man of God carry the weight of responsibility. This need has not changed. The question asked most by growing churches is, “How can we cultivate good workers and leaders from among our church membership?”  Since the pastor cannot effectively do everything himself, a church’s growth will, quite literally, rise or fall upon this one factor.  …….More

 

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Goal Setting and Church Growth

Issue 29-12 – Church Growth – Goal Setting and Church Growth – Tim Massengale

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Is Saturday Door Knocking Still Effective

Church Growth: Issue 29-11 – “Is Saturday Doorknocking Still Effective?” by Tim Massengale

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Making your Sunday school Evangelistic

Making Your Sunday School Evangelistic – Part Two 29-10

Making Your Sunday School Evangelistic – Part Two
Bro. Tim. Massengale

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The value of the Sunday school upon the growth of the church is immeasurable. It directly fulfills of two classic verses, one in the Old Testament and one in the New. The first is Deuteronomy 31:12: “Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the works of this law.” Notice the commandment is not only to the family, but to the “stranger that is within thy gates.” Sunday school is truly the “gathering” arm of the church, not to children only, but also to moms and dads and strangers not directly related to the church.

The second verse is Luke 14:21: “Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.” And verse 23: “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” How accurately this describes the ministry of Sunday school and Bus Ministry! The opponents of these ministries often complain that all they do is fill up the building and classrooms with ragged little kids. Exactly! That is what the Lord told us to do: “bring in hither the poor . . . that my house may be full!” There is a special blessing that is placed upon a church that does all that it can do with what is available. Of course, simply filling up a building is not our goal, but rather, it is to evangelize the children, and through this, reach their parents. It would be wonderful to fill up the facility with adults and children both. But in the absence of that, when the invited masses of our cities do not respond (make sure you have truly invited them), then the Lord said to fill the House of God with what is available – poor, halt, maimed, blind, what ever will come – even poor little children!

What are the basic elements that make an evangelistic Sunday school? There are many. We will not attempt to list all of them – entire books have been written on the subject. But here are some key factors that might be considered to help your Sunday school become more evangelistic.

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Making your Sunday school Evangelistic

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Making your Sunday school Evangelistic

Making Your Sunday School Evangelistic – Part One 29-9

Making Your Sunday School Evangelistic – Part One
Bro. T. Massengale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In many denominations, and even within some of our own fellowship, the Sunday school has fallen on difficult times. Some are abandoning their Sunday schools in favor of a simpler children’s church format. Others have gone to a single Sunday afternoon service with no Sunday school at all. And perhaps the most common trend is to still have age-graded classes for children, but eliminate the Sunday morning class for adults. Has the Sunday school lost it’s usefulness? Should we abandon it all together?

No! — At least, not according to the research of the leading authorities in church growth. They strongly advocate the Sunday school as being a vial, if not a key, element within most all growing churches. While I may not agree with all the growth research and methods being published (not all of it applies to the Apostolic concept of revival and growth), this is one area I support with a resounding, “Amen!”

It has been my observation that most growing churches are strong Sunday school churches. When the pastors of these growing churches are asked about their key growth ministries, they repeatedly point to the Sunday school as a major element. In fact, one well known pastor put it simply that “it is impossible to build a great church organization of an enduring nature without building a great teaching program through the Sunday school.” Even a casual glance at the large, growing, Apostolic churches in United States will attest to this statement as being truth. The ten largest churches in Oneness Pentecost are almost all strong Sunday school churches. This is not just a coincidence.

An institution, the Sunday school is over two hundred years old. First conceived by Robert Raikes in 1780, it began as an educational outreach to children – the street ruffians of the ghettos – to teach them the word of God. Having it’s foundation on two solid rocks – evangelism and education – it has endured the test of time to become the primary method of evangelism by the fastest growing fundamental denominations within the United States. Why is Sunday school so important to growth?

Provides Spiritual Strength For Growth

The Sunday school provides spiritual strength for growth. The Sunday school is the only place in most churches that provides a systematic, comprehensive, and complete coverage of the Bible. As good as the preaching and teaching on Sunday morning, evening, and mid-week services is, it is usually very selective and focused on needed areas. The messages are aimed at changing lives rather than providing a balanced Bible education. This balanced diet is as important to the spiritual man as good nutrition and eating habits are to the physical man: when people eat a balanced diet they feel better, act better, think clearer, and are more productive. Without an established “through the Bible in seven years” curriculum, we have a tendency to “major on minors” and “plow the same Gospel ground.” Your people need more than that. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Unless you teach through the Bible in one of your other services, you need to have a strong Sunday school for all ages. Their spiritual health depends on it.

Involves Workers In Christian Service

The Sunday school trains workers for Christian service. More than any other program in your church, the Sunday school is a place to develop workers for all types of labor within the church. It can utilize saints from the new convert level all the way to developing preachers and elders for full-time service. They can gain valuable experience in administration, motivation, organization, evangelization, instruction, as well as a multitude of skills and talents. A growing, evangelistic Sunday school utilizes teachers, supervisors, assistants, secretaries, office help, musicians, bus workers, story tellers, craft workers, puppeteers, artists, and dozens more. How will you use this vast reservoir of talent if not in the Sunday school? How will you begin to train leaders for other areas of service if you have not a Sunday school? Look at most of the key leaders and department heads in growing churches where they started – the Sunday school! Ask most preachers where they first developed their abilities to teach – the Sunday school! The old saying, “use them or lose them” is true in every aspect. Working Christians are happy Christians, fulfilled in their labor for God.

Strong Evangelistic Tool

The Sunday school is a vital tool of evangelism. A real problem in many churches is their limited number of family, friends, and acquaintances to witness to and carry the truth. The longer a person lives for God, the fewer non-church friends and contacts he or she will have. A Sunday school that is reaching out into it’s neighborhood and community will be continually expanding it’s reach to people who would have otherwise never had any contact with the church.

Using a bus, van, or car ministry, not only will you have an opportunity to plant the word into the hearts of the children, but a weekly reason to visit the home and become friends with the parents. Special promotional events such as Easter, Christmas, Mother and Father’s Day programs give a prime opportunity to invite the parents to church and see “Suzzie” perform her part. Such contests and promotions also encourage all church members to invite their friends and neighbors to the service.

An evangelistic Sunday school will also seeing the children – both of saints and sinners – come to full Bible salvation. Often when the child makes a move for God, it motivates the parents to move also.

Sunday school provides a perfect format and organization for all types of outreach: door knocking, bus ministry, special day promotion, bringing visitors, personal witnessing, and home Bible study to name a few. How much a church would be losing by not having a Sunday school! If your Sunday school is presently not productive in winning souls, the answer is not to eliminate it, but to change it – into the powerful evangelistic tool that it was meant to be.

 

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