Part #7 of a study of Fastest Growing Churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention

Dr. Tim Smith
This is a series of insights gleaned from surveys and interviews wit the most effective churches in the GBC in reaching and keeping people.
10 Things That Make These Churches Different, (part #7)

#4 – Question #27: How would you BEST characterize expectations of leaders/teachers with regard to training?


Observations — Even the smallest secular business understands the value of training and will make it a priority for all of its employees so I was shocked when we conducted a study several years ago that revealed that 41% of the churches in our state failed to provide any training for their Sunday School leaders. In this study of the fastest growing churches 100% of the churches responded that they provide training for their Sunday School teachers and/or small group leaders.

Connected to this issue of training was Question #30, which asks, “How often does your church provide training for Sunday School/Small Group leaders?” The response was that 68% of these churches provide training for their teachers and leaders, at least, on a quarterly basis. Training of the leaders is a priority in these churches, which is demonstrated through the participation of the leaders.

According to the responses for Question #31, “What percentage of your teachers/leaders/workers participate in regular leadership training gatherings?” 80% of these churches reported that when they do offer training that over half of their leaders participate. If you want your classes and groups to be healthy and growing then make sure you are providing quality quarterly or monthly training that assist the teachers and leaders in being successful to their God-called mission. Remember that dull training meeting are not permitted! The content of your training gatherings should address four specific points…

1. Focus on MISSION – remind your leaders of the purpose.

2. Focus on EQUIPPING – provide them with something that
will assist them in being successful in life.

3. Focus on RELATIONSHIPS – make plans to reach out to
prospects and minister to members.

4. Focus on TEACHING – help your teachers and leaders
prepare to lead their weekly session.