Occasionally people will email me with a great question. Rather than just sending the info back to them…I’m posting it. Here ya go.
Subject: SG Trainings
When do you do your SG Trainings? I believe you did yours during the services, and asked them to attend one of them, true? Has this worked well for you? What are the pros and cons of this?
Since we don’t ask people to stay for both service & Sunday school…it works well. I get about 65% attendance to the training. Typically the majority of those who don’t attend are either serving somewhere in ministry or out of town. I find it very successful.
Here’s what we do (Pro’s I guess….):
S2 training (Shared Skills)
Services: 9AM, 10:30AM, 12 Noon
Training 10:30AM & 12:15PM.
This way they can attend their service and then come to training.
It forces me to keep the training down to 1 hr 20 min.
We have six essentials and rotate the topic.
Lots of table discussion
We feed them brunch/lunch
I give out free stuff.
I ask the leaders to invite their co-leaders/apprentices to come.
I repeat the training on the Tuesday after the Sunday training for the Pastors (They typically can’t attend the training on Sunday). I have them invite their spouses to the Tuesday training. We typically have a Pastors staff meeting every Tuesday at 8:30….so for that Tuesday we do Group Leader Training. I also host a Grouplife leaders conference in October.
Con’s…..overall vision. People that attended one training think they’ve been there done that and don’t need more. I need to continually cast the vision for ongoing training. Side note: people want ongoing training…. They just don’t know how to package it and value it when it’s offered. I can directly point to the successful groups and failing ones and tie that into their involvement in ongoing training.
Can’t get too specific due to time & audience. I invite all leaders (men’s, ladies, marrieds) to this training at the same time. (future, I might split up the weekends and do marries one weekend and men/ladies the next…..not there yet).
People might choose training over service….not good.
Believe it or not…room availability.
That’s it for now.