Who's Your One Sunday School Guide
SUNDAY SCHOOL/GROUPS GUIDE
Sunday School classes and small groups provide an existing gathering through which people can be trained and encouraged to focus on one person with whom they can share an evangelistic witness (NOTE: While the principles shared in this document apply to both Sunday School classes and small groups, the term “class” will be used for the remainder of the document.)
Identify Your One.
Who’s your one? Imagine if every member of your class could answer that question with the name of a person for whom they are praying and sharing the gospel. The goal of Who’s Your One is for every member to identify at least one person that is lost. One key to this process is for leaders to promote an emphasis on identifying their One. Do not assume everyone in your class will know lost people. Acknowledging the importance of identifying lost people is an important step for class members as they develop a burden for lost people. Consider using two or three to encourage class members to identify their One.
Week 1: Ask group members to begin identifying those from their relational circles who may be lost (family, neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc.).
Week 2: Ask each member to add the identified names to their prayer list.
Week 3: Ask members to prayerfully determine the ONE person who will receive their focus for the campaign.
Intercede for Your One.
Your class time is a great time to pray together for one another’s Ones. We may speak often of the importance of prayer, and we may spend some time praying together as a class. However, spending class time to pray for specific lost people will hopefully:
- Create a sense of expectation that God will honor the class’s prayers
- Encourage the individual to pray for their One throughout the week
- Encourage class members to consider meeting together at other times for the purpose of praying for their Ones
Invest in Your One.
Once class members have identified their One, finding time to build the relationship with their One is crucial. They may have just met them or have known them for years. Remember, their One is not a project, but a person who needs Jesus. Here are three key things that class members can do to develop good relationships:
- Find common interests and spend regular time with their One (What do they like to do? What can you enjoy together?)
- Be a good listener…ask good questions and focus on developing a deeper relationship.
- Be willing to take the 2:00 am call…develop the friendship so that you stand ready and available in a time of need or crisis.
Consider using class time to discuss and celebrate what class members are doing to interact with and build relationships with their One.
Invite their One.
The biggest challenge for class members will be talking with their One about the Gospel. To encourage them, choose a simple gospel presentation to teach during a class meeting (3 Circles, The Best News, Four Spiritual Laws, Share Jesus without Fear, One-Verse Evangelism, etc.). Train class members how to transition a conversation in a way that leads to a Gospel opportunity. Commit to share your own Gospel experiences and provide class time for reporting on and celebrating those efforts.
Connect their One.
As class members identify, pray for, build relationships with, and share the Gospel with their One, some will be saved. When that occurs, the class must be eager to welcome the new believer. In addition to building a relationship with the new believer, you may wish to consider devoting some class time to covering some basics of the Christian faith such as baptism, confessing sin, meaningful Bible reading, prayer, the importance of church, and being a witness for Christ just to name a few