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Reply to "How the Rotation Model Can Fail in Your Church (keys to helping it succeed)"

If I were starting our Rotation program over again

what would I do differently?

A compilation of suggestions from a previous discussion

CreativeCarol replied:

I would spend a whole lot more time and study on our scope and sequence. We are currently starting our 17th year and we have pretty much continually changed our sequence of stories! Am still trying to figure it out!

Luanne Payne replied:

Absorb and study all the "how to write a good lesson" at this site and look closely at the WT lesson sets and how they are written and connected.  So I'd make better lessons from the beginning, rather than still improving them after the 3rd time around.

Build storage shelves on one wall in every room (storage is at a premium) and over the years (14) I keep buying stuff with nowhere to put it.  If we'd spent the money in the beginning things would be organized and easy to find today.  Now the rooms just look messy with an odd assortment of old cupboards and shelves original to the 175-year-old church and my home office is cluttered with S.S. material!  LOL

Neil MacQueen replied:

I've had the opportunity to launch Rotation in several different churches where I've moved to. 

In our last 'launch' I was very happy we had plenty of time to get our rooms together, --which allowed us to really think about our overall "decor" concept of decorating the hallways and rooms.

 We had a "soft rollout" of workshops:  really dude-ing up ONE workshop which served as our video and art studio, while setting up a temporary computer lab -until we had the time and decor concept better developed.  This spread out of the "unveiling" excitement and the workload.

 If I had it to do over again, I'd start earlier, draw up proposals, and make sure they were circulated to all the right people and teams so that there was no confusion or problems.

 If I had it to do over again, I'd recruit our teachers for the launch much earlier and have them be more involved in creating the new workshops.  They did help, but would have preferred more ownership. Inc. is a volunteer-run, 100% member supported, 501(c)3 non-profit Sunday School lesson ministry. You are welcome to borrow and adapt content for non-commercial teaching purposes --as long as both the site and author are referenced. Inc reserves the right to manage, move, condense, delete, and otherwise improve all content posted to the site. Read our Terms of Service. is rated5 stars on Google based on 51 reviews. Serving a global community including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, S. Africa, and more!