One of the questions I receive quite frequently is:
How did you start a Bible study group?
It’s a great question- because there are all different avenues to hold Bible Study groups. If God is leading you to begin, then it can be done! So after six years of leading Bible studies, I believe this article will be helpful to answer this question.
Today I wanted to give you 8 practical steps on how to start a Bible study group.
I know it seems obvious, but take some time to pray for what God would have for you and your group. Be still and listen to what God impresses on your heart during your prayer times.
2. Determine a location.
Bibles studies happen everywhere. In churches, in homes, in libraries… right now, the Bible study I’m leading meets in a yogurt shop, of all places! It’s what God clearly has given us and who doesn’t love frozen yogurt?
3. Choose a day and time.
Be sure to choose a day that fits well with your family’s schedule. As the leader, you are committing to this weekly time for as many weeks as the study lasts. You want to be reliable and your schedule needs to be open for preparation time.
4. Determine the style of Bible study you feel led to do.
Are you going to lead a study that you have written or write one as you go along? Do you feel led to coordinate the study and leave the teaching to a DVD series? Or is a book study more of what you feel you can do? Is offering an online study an alternative that would work well for you? Research and make an informed decision.
5. Set the calendar.
After you’ve chosen the study, you can calendar the number of weeks for the study session. You may want to allow for an extra week due to possible weather cancellation or to use as a celebratory week at the end of a series.
6. Send invitations.
Once you have all the details in place, the when, where, how, what, and why, then you are ready to invite participants. There are many ways to accomplish sending invites-traditional mail, email, Facebook, Twitter, church newsletters, and neighborhood newsletters, just to name a few!
7. Prepare for the study.
The information that could be outlined here is enough for an entirely different post. But write out a plan and then make a task list based on the plan. Check off each item as you go and be sure to calendar the progress so you have your materials and you’ve read over them thoroughly in advance.
Yes, I know I made that point already. But God loves for His children to ask for direction. He will lead you each step of the way when you rely on Him.
What questions or comments do you have for starting a Bible study group? I’d love it if we could discuss it in the comments below!