This project was designed to revive the class leader system at Friendship African Methodist Episcopal Church in Clinton, South Carolina by creating and implementing a comprehensive training process for class leaders. The biblically based training modules began with a re-enactment of the Lord's Supper to introduce Jesus' example of servant leadership and continued with lectures, group discussions, role playing, pre-and-post surveys, field exercises and observations. The project confirmed that the class leader system can be revived by training class leaders to better understand the tradition and intent of the system and by proving them with up-to-date strategies through which they can do a better job meeting the needs of our congregation. The training empowered class leaders to be more confident and efficient and that was critical in fostering a greater level of commitment. In conclusion, quantitative results relating to membership retention, physical and spiritual growth are a work in progress. However, we can conclude with certainty that the class leader system created to help reach parishioners years ago is as relevant and as critical to ministry in our Post Modern context. We have established a training process that will enable us to continue on a very solid foundation while strengthening our ability to identify and train disciples.This project was designed to revive the class leader system at Friendship African Methodist Episcopal Church in Clinton, South Carolina by creating and implementing a comprehensive training process for class leaders.
|Title||:||A Ministry of Reconnection by Reviving the Class Leader System in Friendship A.M.E. Church: Empowering God's People for Service and Leadership Through Divine Vision|
|Author||:||Charles R. Watkins (Jr)|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2009|