2004 Sunday School Contest
Goals, Methods, Rules, and Point Values, etc.
- Encourage evangelism: Motivate all church members
to evangelize their Friends, Relatives, Acquaintances, and Neighbors
(“F.R.A.N. Evangelism”). Members are encouraged to win lost souls via witnessing
efforts, granting of invitations (to church), teaching of Bible Studies,
handing out tracts, etc.
- Encourage faithfulness in church attendance.
- Increase in number of visitors to church: Encourage
church members to try to get new people to visit the church on Sunday
- Teams: Pick teams from among the church membership.
Two teams. Team captains for each. Team colors. Team spirit. Enthusiasm,
fun, and motivation. Good-spirited competition. Membership on a team does
not indicate or constitute official membership in the church (i.e. on the
official church roster).
- Motivation: The team with the highest score at the
end of the 7-week competition will be “served” a fellowship meal by the
losing team. Of course, the members from the losing team get to eat at the
fellowship meal as well, but they must prepare, serve, and clean up!
<smile> More motivation: Gifts/prizes may be bought
or donated, and given out to high scoring team members and/or guests (i.e.
door prizes). Even more motivation: The end results of the
contest are that lost souls are won to God, and members are increased in
faithfulness and morale.
- Points: The point structure encourages the desired outcome:
faithful attendance of members, getting guests to attend, and teaching
Bible Studies to guests.
- Leadership: Team Captains keep track of scoring-related
actions during Sunday morning services (member attendance, guest
attendance, and Bible studies that have been taught previously). Team
Captains encourage their team with phone calls (during the week), and with
cheers and/or skits (during church services). Team Captains facilitate
revival by organizing the efforts of the team. For example, let’s say that
John invited James, and James attended. But if John doesn’t feel able to
teach a Bible Study, that doesn’t mean James won’t be taught, because the
Team Captains will see to it that someone who is willing to teach will
work with John and James to get the study taught. Team Captains stay in
the church foyer before Sunday morning services, greeting team members and
guests, and marking points.
Points Related Information
The duration of the contest is from Easter Sunday (April 10,
2004) through (and
including) Pentecost Sunday (May 30, 2004). Points are calculated only on Sunday morning services.
Points are awarded for attendance of Team Members and Guests (both Prior
Guests and New Guests) on Sunday morning services during the contest.
During the minutes prior to each Sunday morning service, while
the Team Members and Guests are gathering in – and for the first few minutes
after the service begins – the Team Captains stay in the church foyer and greet
incoming Team Members and Guests, keeping records for the scoring time, which
occurs after the service.
Bonus points are awarded for Team Members having taught Bible
Studies to Guests during the contest duration (although it is understood that
the Bible Studies occur not during Sunday morning services, but rather during
the week). PLEASE NOTE: In order for bonus points to be awarded for a Bible
Study, the Guest must also actually attend a Sunday morning service. It does
not matter whether the Bible Study takes place sooner than or later than the
attendance of the Guest on a Sunday morning. Whenever both conditions are met
(the Guest’s attendance on a Sunday morning and the Bible Study having been
taught), then the bonus points are awarded during the next scoring time.
The Points Scale is as follows:
|Team Member present
||= 10 points
|Prior Guest present, but HAS been here since Jan 1, 2004
||= 20 points
|Prior Guest present, has NOT been here since Jan 1, 2004
||= 30 points
|New Guest present, NEVER been here before
||= 50 points
|Bible Study* taught (after start of contest) to any (above)
||= 500 points
NOTE: Bonus points for Bible Studies are awarded PER PERSON
(per guest taught).
* One recommended
Bible Study is the “Ready To Be Free Expanded Study” available from the church.
Others include “The New Birth Experience”, “Bible Study In A Bag” (for youth)
and other such 1-hour or 2-hour studies.
FOR EXAMPLE: Let’s say that a Team Member teaches a Bible
Study to three persons. All three show up the next Sunday morning. One of the
three has never been before. Another has been here, but it has been longer than
three months. The third has been here less than three months ago. Here is how
the scoring would be for that Sunday morning:
Scoring for above example:
Guest #1, present, never been here before: 50 points
Guest #1, was taught a Bible Study: 500 bonus
Guest #2, present, attended prior to Jan 1: 30 points
Guest #2, was taught a Bible Study: 500 bonus
Guest #3, present, attended since Jan 1: 20 points
Guest #3, was taught a Bible Study: 500 points
PLEASE NOTE: With the exception of the bonus points for
Bible Studies, all other points are recurring values for the remainder of the
contest. In other words, a Guest is “locked-in” as either a 20-pointer, or a
30-pointer, or a 50-pointer. That Guest holds that point value for the
remainder of the contest. So, although the 500 bonus points per person (for the
Bible Study) are awarded only once, the Guest keeps accruing the same amount of
attendance points each time they attend on a Sunday morning. Consider what
would happen during scoring on the following Sunday morning, if all three of
the Guests (in the example above) came back to church again:
Scoring for the following Sunday in above example:
Guest #1, present, again: 50 points
Guest #2, present, again: 30 points
Guest #3, present, again: 20 points
Q: What happens during Sunday mornings when a Guest shows
up without either team having invited them? Who gets those points?
A: Each team takes turns getting whole families that show up in
this manner. It works like a “jump-ball possession arrow” used during a
basketball game. A coin toss might start off the “arrow” or “turn” pointing to
your team, and whenever a new family shows up that is not connected to either
team (was not invited by anyone on either team) then whichever team has the
“arrow” or “turn” gets that family. That family is locked-in for that team from
then on. Then, when another family shows up in that manner, they would be
assigned to the other team, and so forth.
If some question arises that has not been covered here …
chances are we’ve run into it before and simply forgot to mention it. Just ask,
and we’ll do our best to render a decision on how to handle whatever situation
may arise. Thanks for helping to reach the lost!