This is day 20 of 31 Days of Missionary Sunday School.
Here’s an idea that you can use with your adult classes that will aid in ministry contacts and Bible study.
Churches have been using this idea for years and I’ve always heard positive results. It will require an investment of time on your part in order to be adequately prepared as well as some financial resources to provide all that is needed. The idea is to conduct a Sunday School Literature Distribution Day.
You will need to order enough copies of your Bible Study Learner’s Guide for each member or at least every couple to get a copy. Plan to conduct the literature distribution day on the Saturday morning prior to the first Sunday of a new quarter. It will be very important to promote this at least two weeks prior to the date. Encourage as many of your members as possible to attend and make it a fellowship time by providing a big breakfast.
The week prior to the Literature Distribution Day, it is essential that either pre-printed or hand-written labels are adhered to the front of the Learner’s Guides. Again, every member or every couple should have their name(s), address, phone number, and if possible, driving directions attached to the Learner’s Guide.
On the Saturday morning of the Literature Distribution Day enjoy the good fellowship around the table with the big home-made breakfast. Following the fellowship time, the first step in the process is to distribute the Learner’s Guides to those that are present that morning. The second step is for each class to distribute the remaining materials to all those present in order for them to make home visits later that morning and deliver the new quarter’s Bible study materials.
Instruct your members to make quick visits. Encourage them to say, “We came by today to bring you the new Bible Study Learner’s Guide that our class will be covering this quarter and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow.” If no one is at home instruct your members to leave the Learner’s Guide in a safe and dry location with a hand-written note stating the same as above. It would also be a good idea to call and leave a message for those not at home.
If there are materials that cannot be delivered on the day of the literature distribution, encourage class members to keep trying during week, but to also bring the Learner’s Guides with them on Sunday. Those that are missed on Saturday may show up on Sunday!
Get in the habit of doing the Literature Distribution Day every quarter. I know that it will improve the fellowship of your class as well as the Bible study.
Dr. Tim S. Smith serves as a state missionary with the Georgia Baptist Convention and is the Sunday School & Open Groups Specialist of the Sunday School/Open Group Ministries. Visit their website at ssog.gabaptist.org for more information and other resources to aid your Sunday School.