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How to create Life Group (Sunday School) resolutions?

It's that time of year where we sit around and start to think of all the resolutions that we need to have for the upcoming year.  I received a letter from a Life Group teacher this week, where she gave a word of encouragement to her learners but then she also laid out her plans for the upcoming year.  I think this is a great practice for every group to do.

Why?  It's sets a clear course for why you exist.  It also gives the group a plan to focus on.  It also helps you to know what you are not going to be about that could hinder the plan being accomplished.

I believe this is an excellent thing that every group leader needs to consider: What are our resolutions for 2015 in our group?

If I was a group leader, here are some of my resolutions that I would want to have communicated to my group:

1. We are going to grow in God's Word together.  This may mean that we ask tough questions, have discussions beyond the 30 minute lesson, and apply what God's Word actually says.  Sad to say this will be a challenge for some groups to accomplish because they feel the only time they study God's Word is when they meet.  To have this type of resolution means that God's Word is not just a 30 minute a week book, but a daily instruction to life.

2. We are going to reach one new person for Christ.   Notice that I didn't say that it had to be in their age group.  If groups would catch the vision that they can be just as a part of reaching a student as they are a senior adult, then this will motivate their group to move forward.  I have seen many groups give up on outreach because they think the only people they can talk to are their own age.  Yes we age grade for targeting purposes, but evangelism is not limited within a Senior Adult division only or Young Adult division only.  We must all participate in reaching.

3. We are going to make sure every member on our roll is contacted at least once a month.  Once again I know this is a challenge for some groups but it has to be a part of what we do.  This is how we minister to one another.  This is how we make sure that every person is accounted for.  You may say, our group has never done this before.  It's the start of the year, the perfect time to set the vision clear before everyone.

4. We are going to start one new group.    Now that's just pushing it.  Really is it?  If I were to tell you that our church size would double if we doubled the number of groups we provided, would you do it?  If I were to tell you that we would have explosive growth in our church just by creating new groups, would you want to be a part of it?  If I were to tell you that our church would see new people come to know Christ just by creating new groups, would you do it?  I would and you know what I am.  My goal is to see our church breakout this year.  We have to breakout from doing things as normal.  We have to breakout in being uncommitted.  We have to breakout new leaders.  We have to breakout new groups.  We will never do it, if we never do it.  It's time!

Call me old fashioned, but I'm ready to see a revival happen in my life and in our churches.  I believe that one of the catalysts for this is what happens in our Life Groups.  We must have a clear vision and resolve in our hearts that we are going to do whatever it takes to grow!

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