Serving Churches, Part One

Making Christ Known by Serving Churches is the motto of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. As a state leader, I identify with Paul’s declaration, “Not to mention, there is the daily pressure on me: my care for all the churches. 2 Cor. 11:28.” Being relevant requires the denominational leader to focus on the church.

The old philosophy of state work was that “If you cannot serve all churches, you cannot serve any church.” This philosophy was perpetuated as program after program was developed with the philosophy that it will work in all churches. Admittedly, such programs would work in many churches but fail in others. The reality is that not all programs will work with all churches.

My passion as State Sunday School Director, Discipleship and GroupLife Specialist is for the church in Tennessee. In this day of change and customization, I struggle to develop strategies designed to meet the needs of churches.

Most churches in Tennessee still have Sunday School, but fewer each year have Discipleship Training. Some churches are adding Small Groups as a hybrid approach to Sunday School or Discipleship, while most of our newer churches and some of traditional churches are choosing to do small groups instead of Sunday School. Regardless of your approach to Christian Education, my heart is to come alongside of your church to help you develop effective strategies for disciple-making.

Over the next few blog articles, I will share approaches that are utilized by the Sunday School and Discipleship Team to Make Christ Known by Serving Churches. I welcome debate on the effectiveness of these strategies and suggestions for additional strategies. If you have questions or need assistance, you can e-mail me at or call me at 1-800-558-2090, ext. 2048.


About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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