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Natural Birth for New Ministries

What it takes to deliver a healthy new church program.

Our adult Sunday school was losing people through the cracks. We already had two kinds of classes: electives and age-graded classes. But some people -singles, international students, DINKS (double income, no kids), and folks like my husband and me who enjoy a diverse crowd - didn't feel at home in any of them. The DINKS didn't want so much talk about diapers and schools, and the singles felt uncomfortable with so much emphasis on family and home.

The problem was, none of the categories of "misfits" contained enough people to start its own class. So a small group of us got together to ask the question, "What if … ?" That's where the common denominators of ministry and career arose. Perhaps we could try a new adult class that examined the concerns we shared.

We proposed the idea to the pastor and our Christian education board. The fact that my husband and I had taught adult electives and served on the CE board didn't hurt our case. We received a green light to initiate the class as an ...

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