The Facts of Life for a Church
Why should anyone be interested in expanding the teaching ministry of the church?
Consider this, every year most congregations have several people drop out for one or more reasons: A few die. A couple becomes disenchanted with the new pastor. A husband drops out following the death of his wife. Several marry into another church.
In smaller congregations this is about 3-5 percent of the reported membership. In medium sized churches the annual member loss rate is 6 to 9 percent. In large churches the rate is 10 to 25 percent. The teaching ministry ranks second only to excellent preaching as a means of attracting new people to join a church.
Thus an expansion of the teaching ministry of your church is probably the most effective means of reaching, attracting, and serving the new generations of younger members who represent a broad range of values, needs and desires.
However, there is an easier alternate to expanding the teaching ministry of the church. It is to grow smaller in size as the members grow old together.
Ways to Make Your Teaching Ministry Successful
- A good teaching ministry needs to go beyond the written and spoken word to communicate the gospel. Use music in your lessons.
- Set up special occasions to draw big crowds.
- Design your vacation bible school to attract new people to your church.
- Use electronic teaching aids in the classroom.
- If you plan to increase the number of participants in your teaching ministry and enhance the quality of your total program plan to quadruple your expenditures. Good education costs money.
What Can Your Pastor do to Expand the Teaching Ministry of Your Church?
- The pastor teaches a class on Sunday morning,
- The pastor acts as an aggressive advocate for the teaching ministry by preparing the schedule for Sunday morning and the rest of the year,
- The pastor acts as an advocate for the teaching ministry at all stages of policy formation
- The pastor accepts an active role in the identification and enlistment of teachers.