Statistics Speak—What Do They Say?

This a great insight by Chuck Lawless.

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It’s time to start a new group when…

Thanks Ken Braddy for sharing some basic principles of group life.

Ken Braddy

Having had the privilege of leading one church I served to grow its Sunday School from 4o members to over 24oo members in just 10 years taught me a lot about the importance of starting new groups.  If a church is not intentional about starting new groups it will soon find itself in trouble.  For every new group you start, you can figure you’ll increase average attendance by approximately 10 people.   From my experience, you know it’s time to start a new group when…

1)  A group has been together for at least 2 years.  It’s really hard for guests to break into groups that have been together for longer than 24 months.  Relationships have been formed and life has been shared.  When a group approaches its second birthday, it’s time  to think “start a new group.”

2)  A group doesn’t see a steady stream of guests. …

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Does having a Christian educator on church staff matter anymore? Research says “yes”!

I wholeheartedly agree. I can tell the differences in churches who have someone in this role and those who do not.

Ken Braddy

One of the alarming trends I see in churches today is the downsizing of church staff, which unfortunately often includes the Minister of Education/Christian education director position. While it may seem to make sense to reduce staff by eliminating this time-honored position, is that a truly wise decision? I think not. And I can prove it.

I served two churches for almost 20 years as Minister of Christian Education, and I can point to ways my role contributed to the growth of the Sunday School, and to the spiritual growth of its members and guests. But don’t just take my word for it. What are surveys telling us these days?

Here is something for us to consider from the journal Christian Century, and the results of a survey of churches of all sizes and denominations. The question being asked was, “Does it make a difference whether or not a…

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Limiting your group’s age range – good or bad move? | Ken Braddy

https://kenbraddy.com/2017/08/28/limiting-your-groups-age-range-good-or-bad-move/

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Ken Braddy | Equipping and encouraging Bible study leaders

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11 Ways to Encourage People to Use Their Personal Study Guide | Ken Braddy

Source: 11 Ways to Encourage People to Use Their Personal Study Guide | Ken Braddy

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6 Reasons why a Personal Study Guide Enhances People’s Spiritual Growth | Ken Braddy

Source: 6 Reasons why a Personal Study Guide Enhances People’s Spiritual Growth | Ken Braddy

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