Part #15 of a study of Fastest Growing Churches in the Georgia Baptist Mission Board

Dr. Tim SmithThis is a series of insights gleaned from surveys and interviews with the most effective churches of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board in reaching and keeping people through Sunday School and Small Groups.

10 Things That Surprised Me About These Churches (part #15)



#4 – Question # 16: What leadership roles are assigned and/or enlisted in your classes/groups? 

The fastest growing churches average 3 leaders for every class or group.  Generally, there is a Lead Teacher and some additional “helpers”.

In the Preschool, Children and Youth classes all these workers share some of the teaching responsibility as well as the ministry and outreach functions.


For years we have generally seen a Teacher, Secretary, Outreach Leader and Care Group leaders in most adult classes. I was surprised to find these fastest growing churches responded that Fellowship Leaders were more prominent than Outreach Leaders.   More of them had class Greeters and while fewer had Mission Leaders which might seem to indicate that most of these churches have moved their Sunday School/Small Group strategy to an inward focus.  At the same time these fastest growing churches are increasing in the number of people attending their classes and groups.  These churches are also increasing in baptisms and their involvement in missions.

Please remember that these churches still had a great emphasis on outreach and evangelism, but it seems the fastest growing churches are giving more attention to care, ministry and development of their current members and the result is that those members are doing a better job of being the church in the community and the world