How Sad When It’s Like They Were Never There

People come to your church, perhaps for Sunday School and/or the worship service.  Maybe they come out for a mid-week program and/or small groups.

  • How sad when they leave unchanged!
  • How sad when it’s like they were never there!

Perhaps they came with burdens that seemed too heavy to bear.  Maybe they came with a bad habit or sin they just can’t overcome.

  • How sad when they leave unchanged!
  • How sad when it’s like they were never there!

People may have come empty spiritually.  Perhaps they came never having put trust in the Lord to save them.

  • How sad when they leave unchanged!
  • How sad when it’s like they were never there!

You have probably heard it said, “Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.”  As ministry leaders and teachers, we must be prayerful and purposeful in all we do to see people leaving changed and obvious that they were there.

  1. We must purposefully be the kind of leaders or teachers who make a difference.  — We must be prepared and be a model of the power of God at work in a person’s life.
  2. We must purposefully work at connecting with the whole person who walked through the door.  — We must help them know the unconditional and all-encompassing love of the Lord that reaches into every aspect of their lives.
  3. We must purposefully present God’s Word as the life changing, powerful Book it is.  — We must get them beyond head knowledge to heart knowledge that affects all they do.
  4. We must purposefully seek people’s participation in the process.  — We must encourage them to engage with truth and one another rather than be passive bystanders.

Here are tools to help:

The Aiming for Empty-less Teaching Teacher Training Session can be used with a group of teachers or small group leaders to discuss what it will take to see people leaving changed and obvious that they were there.

The article, Teaching for Changed Lives, uses an acrostic to show how people need to be changed from the inside out.

The Teaching for Changed Lives Workbook is a self-study guide encouraging teachers to set changed lives as the goal of each lesson.

The Christian Education Leadership Team Training is a session to help you get all of your Christian Education leaders working toward the same goal — that of seeing changed lives — and to understand what it will take to progressively move forward toward that goal, or to keep that “wheel” rolling.

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