As some of you know, I’ve been working on a video curriculum since I’ve been the Minister of Discipleship at Church of the Servant. Each week, since I can’t teach more than one class at a time, I film a short video teaching on the scripture that Robert uses in the main service. On Wednesdays a team of dedicated and devout folks come together to pour over the passage and listen to me teach a bit. We then work together to see how we think God might be wanting to lead our congregation through our “simple” process of discipleship: believe, belong, and become. On Thursdays, we post the video, and send out the compiled study guide to all the Sunday School leaders who are using the curriculum.
Out of curiosity, I went back and checked our curriculum print list from October 26th last year – my second week on the job. We were printing 105 copies for the five classes using Servant Walk at that time. This week we will be printing 305 copies for 12 different adult classes!
I’m definitely getting to reap a harvest that I didn’t sow. Others came up with this idea, and the lay team was already in place when I arrived. In fact, my first official meeting as a new pastor here was to teach that group on my very first day! Their hard work and vision is simply coming together in a way that’s making a big difference in our adult discipleship communities.
Working in a mega-church is very different in some ways from being in a small town two-point charge, but much of what you do is the same. I still teach. I still study Scripture. In a huge congregation, one of the most important questions is finding out how to do little BIG. This curriculum is simply a wonderful way to do the little things in a way that affects a much larger cross-section of the congregation.
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This a good idea. Dick Read has been talking about doing something similar at Asbury, but we haven’t yet started to work on it.
I like how you compare the small and the mega-church, “learning to do little BIG.” That’s a good insight. At Asbury, we may have a lot of clergy (9 full time), but we still have 800 members + per clergy. I’m wrestling with how to leverage influence among a 1/800 ratio.
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