After everyone enjoyed pizza for lunch and the children were taken care of, the pastor began our meeting with prayer and then put in a video about leadership from John Maxwell. I have long been a student of John Maxwell and was very familiar with the principles being taught, though I do not have the video that was being shown.
After the video the pastor introduced me and I took about 20 minutes giving a broad vision of where we are headed in Sunday School. I did introduce a few small changes that will begin on the first Sunday in April. The first was introducing class rolls, which have not been used in the two months we have been here. I also asked the teachers not to think of these as class rolls but instead, to think of them as Ministry Lists (which is how they are officially labeled). The people on this list are ones God has entrusted to our care. Having ones name on this list does not obligate them to a class, bur rather obligates us to them.
I also wanted all the Teachers from this day forward not to think of themselves as Teachers but as Shepherd/Leaders. The most important characteristic I am looking for in a teacher--or make that Shepherd/Leader--is that they care about those on their ministry lists and demonstrate it. There are some visitor/enrollment cards that will be included in their Shepherd/Leader packets on Sunday and we talked about how important this is. I will also be handing out information sheets for all church members to fill out so we can begin a database. We also briefly discussed the importance of keeping in contact with those on the the ministry list who are in-service.
We have now been to dinner with three couples in the church and have another one scheduled for Sunday after church. There are some wonderful folks here and we are excited about getting to know them all better. On another note Denise met with the pastor's wife on Friday and has been working diligently on launching the Women's Ministry which should kick-off in April.