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Thoughts from ME Roundtable discussion...

I recently attended Allan Taylor's Minister of Education roundtable at FBC Woodstock.  I enjoyed the time of refreshing perspectives and being encouraged by friends.  I thought I would share a few thoughts about some of the topics that we discussed.

Role of the Minister of Education

When we first started to discuss this topic it was interesting in that we all knew how important our role was, but when it came to the question of if we see it in decline, there seemed to be an overall agreement.

Steve Parr then gave a rousing message that basically said that if we are doing the main work of Sunday School (Life Groups) which is developing leaders and starting new groups, then the job won't be in decline but rather very strategic to our churches.  This was a powerful statement and one that carried great weight of ownership, as I create my own urgency within the church of how critical my role is.  If I am about developing leaders and starting new units, there will never be a question of my role, but it's when this does not become the focus that my focus and my position become questioned.

Reaching Millennials

This was a main area of concern for our leaders.  I believe that we are looking greatly at this generation and there are some churches that have thrown up their hands and said, well we just ain't going to be about reaching them.  If they come, then good, if not, oh well.  Then there are some that are being very intentional about reaching the Millennial generation because they are investing very heavily into the future of their church.

The church has to be aware of how this generation responds and to know that the old methods of reaching people are just not there any more.  The church though should not compromise Scripture or its integrity to reach them because this is very disingenuous and Millennials like to see a church that has convictions.

The church should also be aware that Millennials are not going to just run to the church, they need to be invited and they need to be asked to participate.

Teacher Issues

There was a great discussion about how to work with teachers.  The overall feeling was that as leaders we have to be very relational with our leaders.  It's the influence side of the authority and influence equation of leadership.  This will solve many issues before they come because we do enlist our own issues.  Also though being intentional about developing leaders is key.  It has to be a part of our investment in time.

 There were other discussions for the group, some more intense than others, but overall it truly was a great time to listen to how churches respond to different issues at churches.  There are some that are experiencing great growth and dealing with growth issues.  Then there are some that are trying to find diamond in the rough leaders.    Each area is critical and needs to be addressed for how the church is operating contextually.

I'm looking forward to the next roundtable discussion!


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