Part 4 – Ministering and Caring for One Another
34 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (CSBBible). The weekly Worship Service is designed to show our love for God as we Worship and praise Him together. It is in the small group or Sunday School class is where the church is organized to care for one another. This critical aspect of your small group or class is key to a healthy, growing church.
During this pandemic, we have learned how truly important it is to stay connected and look for opportunities to pray for one another, encourage one another and help one another. Jesus described this as how the world (everyone) would know we are His disciples. At the same time, the Bible describes the church as a family. Family takes care of family. We are also described as a body; working together to accomplish the work of God, for His glory.
The secret to a healthy, growing church is a vibrant, healthy, growing small group or class. Don’t miss the opportunities this “slow down” has created for us. We need each other; even more so as we face the task of “making disciples” who will make disciples. We can’t accomplish our mission without God or each other. Let us Love One Another!
Still need more ideas?
Join us on Monday, August 10th and Tuesday August 11th, for Louisiana Baptists first ever, Digital ReGroup Conference. Not only will this be a timely message for those who lead the Sunday School and/or Small Group Ministry in their church, but ESPECIALLYfor all those who lead a class or small group every week. We need to prepare these wonderful lay people who have the responsibility of making disciples through their class or small group for the New Normal.
We are asking you to commit to one hour. Below, you will see the schedule and the people who can help us understand the opportunities and challenges we face for the next few weeks and months. The webinar is free. All you have to do is register and watch.
Registration is open now at www.LouisianaBaptists.org/ReGroup20
If you can’t participate in the live webcast, you can view it online. The recording will be available at our website by Friday, August 14th.
Here is the Digital ReGroup schedule:
- Pastors/Staff/Key Ministry Leaders – Monday, August 10th, 6:00-7:00 PM
With Special Guests Steve Bennett, Pastor, First, Moss Bluff, Matt Endris
Pastor, Fairview, Coushatta and Sean Keith, Sunday School/Discipleship Strategist, Louisiana Baptists, with Host Stewart Holloway, Pastor, First, Pineville.
- Adult Leaders – Monday, August 10th, 7:30–8:30 PM
Special Guest David Apple, Adult Ministry Consultant, Nashville, TN, and
Jeff Ingram, Adult Ministry & Church Administration Strategist, Louisiana Baptists, with Host Stewart Holloway, Pastor, First, Pineville.
- Next Gen/Preschool/Children’s Leaders – Tuesday, August 11th, 6:00-7:00 PM
Special Guest, Mark Jones, Children’s Pastor, Quail Springs, Oklahoma City, OK and David Anderson, Children’s Strategist, Louisiana Baptists, with Host Dr. Steve Horn, Executive Director, Louisiana Baptists, Alexandria.
- Next Gen/Student Leaders – Tuesday, August 11th, 7:30-8:30 PM
Special Guests Blake Lewis, Middle School Pastor, First, Haughton; Ray McCon, Minister to Students, Walker, Walker and Brandon Lewis, Youth Strategist, Louisiana Baptists, with Host Dr. Steve Horn, Executive Director, Louisiana Baptists, Alexandria.
Mark these dates and times on your calendar and make every effort to join us live.