Leaderesource trains church leaders
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
May 05, 2010

Leaderesource trains church leaders

Leaderesource trains church leaders
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
May 05, 2010

A new resource from the

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is aimed at helping local

churches strengthen their efforts to be missional in the way they do Sunday

School and small groups.

Leaderesource is a leadership

development initiative that offers free downloads of training modules for

Sunday School and small group leaders. Phil Stone, senior consultant for Sunday

School ministries for the BSC, has enlisted a team of pastors, education

ministers, student and children’s ministers, and lay leaders from across the

state to write training guides that will be available for leaders of

preschoolers, children, youth and adults.

Although the training can take place

any time, churches are encouraged to plan their training between August 15 and

September 18 and use the event as a kickoff.

  1. Sign up online as a

    participating Leaderesource church at www.leaderesource.org.

    Each participating

    church will receive a free Ed Stetzer DVD about missional small communities.

  2. Visit

    www.leaderesource.org and download the free training modules for your church to

    use in training your leaders. Each module includes a teaching outline,

    listening guide, handouts and PowerPoint presentation.

  3. Plan at least

    one day for a Leaderesource training event in your church or association

  4. After the training,

    go online and report the number of leaders you trained

  5. Follow up on what

    you learn in the Leaderesource training by doing a mission project in your


“By doing a class mission

project and letting the class or small group choose and organize the project

through their group, the church is likely to have more people engaged in

missions than ever before,” said Brian Upshaw, BSC church ministry team leader.

“Now, imagine the impact

of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of class mission projects occurring in your town.

Your community will begin to see local churches that are interested in them and

care about their community. The church becomes relevant. Couple this relevancy

with the new Bible training your leaders are receiving through Leaderesource,

and you have the makings of spiritual transformation in your town.”

Jean Willoughby is one

of the curriculum contributors. Willoughby has 37 years of experience in

working with preschoolers and children. Her husband is the pastor of First

Baptist Church in Mills River, a new church plant that leases building space on

Sunday mornings from another church. Willoughby has served in churches

described as small, large, rural, city, poor and rich. “Now I’m in a church

where I have Sunday School in my suitcase,” she said.

The focus of her

curriculum is preschoolers. She writes about tips for teaching preschoolers,

such as how to be a growing teacher and how to make biblical concepts the

foundation of the Sunday School.

Willoughby’s training

guide will help teachers get prepared, because all too often “teachers think

because it’s a two or five-year-old they don’t have to prepare and they’ll wait

until the last minute.” Teaching children is more than babysitting.

Another curriculum

contributor is Eric Davis, family pastor at Green Street Baptist Church in High

Point. Prior to coming to Green Street two years ago Davis was on staff 12

years at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. Davis is writing material to

help adult classes be more intentional about doing life together, rather than

just coming together for an hour or so each week for a lesson. When class

members are in each other’s homes and encouraging one another and providing

accountability, “the class becomes an extension from just that Sunday morning

hour,” Davis said.

Davis also wants

parents to understand the vital role they play in the lives of their children.

Parents help shape their children’s character, worldview and perspective on what

is important in life. “The family schedule drives everything,” Davis said.

“Whatever drives the family schedule will be influencing a child to help them

see what is important and what is not.”

The online curriculums

will be available this month. Visit www.leaderesource.org.