Another obvious similarity between Sunday School Classes and Small Groups is that both organize to meet the needs of members and non-members.
Small Groups enlist Small Group Leaders who are responsible for leading the group and facilitating the group sessions. Sunday School classes recruit teachers who are responsible to the church for the work of the class and to teach God’s word each week. Small Groups discover Hosts who are responsible for setting a friendly environment and building fellowship; Sunday School classes call these leaders Fellowship Leaders or in the old days, Class Activity leaders. Leaders of both groups are encouraged to enlist apprentices. These apprentices are being prepared to launch new groups and start new classes, an essential element to using small groups and Sunday school classes for assimilation and outreach purposes.
Some unique positions also are usually found. For example, the Sunday School Class also enlists ministry leaders and Care group leaders, who are responsible for contacting and ministering to the class under the direction of the teachers. Outreach Leaders and Prayer Leaders also might be enlisted. Some groups might find volunteers for these types of positions. Childcare Coordinators are usually needed for the success of a successful small group designed for parents of younger children.
The bottom-line is that a successful class and a thriving group organizes their class and group into leadership teams in order to fulfill their mission.