Leading Better Bible Studies : Essential Skills for Effective Small Groups
Leading Better Bible Studies is a comprehensive guide for Bible study leadership. It combines adult education insights, sound Biblical principles and lots of practical advice. It outlines more than twenty different methods for Bible study, and provides an example for each one. If you want to learn how to help Christians grow through belonging to a Bible study group, this book is for you. Leading Better Bible Studies is a comprehensive guide for Bible study leadership. It combines adult education insights, sound Biblical principles and lots of practical advice. It outlines more than twenty different methods for Bible study, and provides an example for each one. Leading Better Bible Studies covers seven key areas: Principles of Christian leadership; How to apply adult education principles to Bible study groups; Skills and methods for preparing your own Bible studies; How to help your group through the stages of its life; Teaching people to pray in a group; Looking after group members; How to sustain yourself in small group leadership; Leading Better Bible Studies will transform your Bible study leadership.
- Paperback | 205 pages
- 175 x 248 x 12mm | 407g
- 31 Jul 1997
- Anglican Press Australia
- Aquila Press
- Sydney, Australia
Table of contents
Acknowledgements; Preface; Foundations; 1. Being A Christian: Christian leadership is God-given; Christian leadership is Christ-focused; Christian leadership is Spirit-empowered; Christian leadership is Word-centred; Christian leadership is prayerfully dependant; Christian leadership is life-exemplified; Christian leadership is change-demanding; 2. Helping People Learn: The group member as a learner; The distinctive elements of adult education; The important role of experiencing Scripture; Principles of adult learning; The adult learning cycle; Bible study groups and the learning cycle; The leader as a facilitator; Individual learning styles; How people absorb information; Summary; 3. Learning From The Bible In Groups: The nature of Bible study; The process of Bible study; Skills for observation- What does the text actually say? Skills for interpretation- What does the text actually mean? Resources for interpretation; Skills for application- How do we respond to what the text means? Actually preparing and running a group Bible study; Methods for doing observation with a group; Assisting poor readers; A comment on study guides; Thematic Bible studies; Summary; 4. Developing Group Life: Elements of effective groups; The group life bubble; The size of a small group; Group development; Progress through the stages; Establishing group norms; When and where you meet up; Task and maintenance functions; Starting the group well; Finishing well; Intervening when things go wrong; 5. Helping People Pray: Modelling; Teaching people how; Encouraging people to pray; 6. Sustaining Group Members: The goal of practical care; Deciding where people are at; Basic skills for looking after people; Dealing with conflict; The limit of your responsibility; Confidentiality; 7. Continuing As A Leader: Refreshment; supervision; Peer appraisal process; Reflection and self-appraisal; Some comments for those responsible for supervision; Resources for Bible study group leadership
About Karen Morris
Karen Morris and Rod Morris are training and development consultants, working as missionaries to university students in Europe. Both hold Masters degrees in Adult Education, and have undertaken theological study in Sydney. Together they have a wealth of experience in both industry and ministry roles. Karen and Rod are committed to training people to study the Bible and lead effective Bible study groups.