The calendar says July, but many of us already have fall Bible study in mind. What will your group study? How can you be sure the group is meaningful? Will women be vulnerable or closed off? What about snacks?
WHY SHOULD YOU LEAD A GROUP?
Small group Bible study is so important. It’s where we find community, share struggles, laugh at life, and learn more about the Lord. Acceptance, affirmation, and accountability work together to create a special dynamic unlike any other group you’re a part of.
Hosting a successful Bible study group can feel overwhelming. If you’re a seasoned women’s ministry leader, this may be a breeze for you. But if you’ve attended local Bible study for a while yet never hosted a group yourself, you might feel intimidated.
God calls us to multiply. Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” You may not think of yourself as a leader, but God asks us to lead others and not only be led. “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also,” 2 Timothy 2:2. Pray and ask God if He is calling you to lead a group this fall.
GATHER A GROUP
- Pray about who will join your group. Ask women from church, neighbors, moms at the park, and friends who attend other churches if they might be interested in attending a small Bible study.
- Consider the diversity of your group. Ask women who are different ages, voices, walks of life, and denominations. If women in your group are moms of teen girls, consider including them.
- For maximum discussion, keep your group small. Between 6 and 12 is a good number.
- Ask women to be committed. Even if they get behind in study, encourage them to keep attending. They will still get a lot out of the discussion and continue to build community.
PICK A STUDY + SET A START DATE
- Pray about which study will suit the needs of your group the best.
- What topic/author/book of the Bible interests you and the women in your group? (See below for a list of 7 ideas for this fall.)
- Do you want your study to be video-driven or print only? How many sessions/weeks of study would be ideal?
- Set a start date and time. For your very first meeting, start with a party. A casual meal where everyone can meet and get to know each other sets a nice tone. And, each time you meet, be mindful to respect everyone’s time by starting and ending on time.
- Flip through this small catalog for ideas. Also note the chart starting on page 18 that breaks down all the studies LifeWay Woman has to offer with quick info on topic, number of sessions, video length, and more.
DOWNLOAD CUTE PRINTABLES
Set the scene AND get great ideas with these adorable free downloads.
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- “Let’s Study” Banner to string and hang.
- Scripture Cards to pass out and pray over each woman.
- Name Tags so everyone knows who they’re sitting next to.
- No-Cook Recipes for easy snacks.
- Conversation Starters to break the ice.
- 12 Tips to Being a Great Leader because even the leader needs a little encouragement.
7 GREAT STUDIES FOR FALL
With so many great options out there, you have a lot of choices when it comes to your group’s next study. Here are the 7 we recommend checking out for this fall. Read more about each in the catalog above, or click each link to read more online: