Leaderesource trains church leaders
    May 5 2010 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

    A new resource from the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is aimed at helping local churches strengthen their efforts to be missional in the way they do Sunday School and small groups.

    Leaderesource is a leadership development initiative that offers free downloads of training modules for Sunday School and small group leaders. Phil Stone, senior consultant for Sunday School ministries for the BSC, has enlisted a team of pastors, education ministers, student and children’s ministers, and lay leaders from across the state to write training guides that will be available for leaders of preschoolers, children, youth and adults.

    Although the training can take place any time, churches are encouraged to plan their training between August 15 and September 18 and use the event as a kickoff.
    1. Sign up online as a participating Leaderesource church at www.leaderesource.org. Each participating church will receive a free Ed Stetzer DVD about missional small communities.
    2. Visit www.leaderesource.org and download the free training modules for your church to use in training your leaders. Each module includes a teaching outline, listening guide, handouts and PowerPoint presentation.
    3. Plan at least one day for a Leaderesource training event in your church or association
    4. After the training, go online and report the number of leaders you trained
    5. Follow up on what you learn in the Leaderesource training by doing a mission project in your community
    “By doing a class mission project and letting the class or small group choose and organize the project through their group, the church is likely to have more people engaged in missions than ever before,” said Brian Upshaw, BSC church ministry team leader.

    “Now, imagine the impact of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of class mission projects occurring in your town. Your community will begin to see local churches that are interested in them and care about their community. The church becomes relevant. Couple this relevancy with the new Bible training your leaders are receiving through Leaderesource, and you have the makings of spiritual transformation in your town.”

    Jean Willoughby is one of the curriculum contributors. Willoughby has 37 years of experience in working with preschoolers and children. Her husband is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Mills River, a new church plant that leases building space on Sunday mornings from another church. Willoughby has served in churches described as small, large, rural, city, poor and rich. “Now I’m in a church where I have Sunday School in my suitcase,” she said.

    The focus of her curriculum is preschoolers. She writes about tips for teaching preschoolers, such as how to be a growing teacher and how to make biblical concepts the foundation of the Sunday School.

    Willoughby’s training guide will help teachers get prepared, because all too often “teachers think because it’s a two or five-year-old they don’t have to prepare and they’ll wait until the last minute.” Teaching children is more than babysitting.

    Another curriculum contributor is Eric Davis, family pastor at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point. Prior to coming to Green Street two years ago Davis was on staff 12 years at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Davis is writing material to help adult classes be more intentional about doing life together, rather than just coming together for an hour or so each week for a lesson. When class members are in each other’s homes and encouraging one another and providing accountability, “the class becomes an extension from just that Sunday morning hour,” Davis said.  

    Davis also wants parents to understand the vital role they play in the lives of their children. Parents help shape their children’s character, worldview and perspective on what is important in life. “The family schedule drives everything,” Davis said. “Whatever drives the family schedule will be influencing a child to help them see what is important and what is not.”

    The online curriculums will be available this month. Visit www.leaderesource.org.  
    5/5/2010 7:26:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments

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