Part #4 of a Study of Fastest Growing Churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention

Dr. Tim SmithThis is a series of insights gleaned from surveys and interviews wit the most effective churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention in reaching and keeping people.
10 Things That Make These Churches Different, (part #4)

#7 Question #18: Which of the following BEST reflects your approach to Sunday School enrollment and/or connection with a small group?

The fastest growing Sunday School/Small Group churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention responded that enrollment was a significant factor for them. There were 93% of the fastest growing churches that responded that they were aggressive in seeking to add new members to their classes/groups. Their response to Question #20; Do your teachers/leaders and members understand that those enrolled/connected to the class/group are on a ministry list and are not just on a list of those that have committed to attend, the same 93% responded “yes”. So they not only seek to add new members but they also attempt to express care and concern for those connected to their group/class.


These fast growing churches did not put limitations on enrollment such as having to be at the church in order to enroll or even that the person had to be a Christian in order to join a group. These churches were open to anyone and everyone as long as they were willing to have their name included. These churches have “unofficial” adopted I Corinthians 12:18 as the foundation for their enrollment practices. It says, “But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted.” These churches are saying… “God has placed the members in our church, and He has given us the responsibility to minister to them. It is not only the people that attend faithfully that we are to care for, but also for all of those that He has placed in our church. If we remove names because they do not attend, they ultimately become lost to the ministry of the church.”