The iconic phrase, “Space – the final frontier…” is heard at the beginning of episodes of the classic TV series Star Trek. The phrase has become part of American pop culture.
Today let’s talk about a different kind of space.
The kind that is not found in a galaxy far, far away (did I just mix two major franchises?).
In Arthur Flake’s classic formula for growing a Sunday School, the fourth step is to “provide the space.” Without adequate room to grow, it won’t matter how many people you’ve recruited or how far you’ve expanded the organization – the Sunday School won’t grow without space. It’s that simple.
To provide space, you can do several things:
- Start a second hour of Sunday School. This allows you to use space twice and at no additional costs.
- Start new Bible study groups. When you encourage the group you lead to “franchise” or “birth a new group,” you add options for both members and guests who are not regular attenders.
- Rent modular space. This is the most affordable option to gain additional space, except for starting a second hour of Bible study (see #1).
- Rent other space. Office buildings and other businesses close to your church may provide good options for renting space. Don’t forget to see if a school is available – they can be great places to rent.
- Begin home groups. Another low-cost option is to use a hybrid approach to Bible study. Keep some groups on campus, and ask others to meet in homes.
Unless you provide space, your Sunday School will cease to grow. At 80% of capacity, it will begin to feel like it’s full.
How will you help your church grow? Will your group be the one to multiply itself? Meet in rented space? Move to a home?
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