It has been established by many different sources that one of the main signs of a "healthy" church is how many people are in the Bible on a regular basis. The more people are in the Scriptures, the healthier (content, active, growing) the congregation. Also, it has been noted that we can study and have our devotions at home or at work alone, but fellowship and the study of Scripture together as brothers and sisters in Christ is essential.
With this in mind, I would like to get two or three people together who are interested in helping me establish a Bible study curriculum for the congregation for 2018. Goals are the following:
- Create a list of studies of all different kinds that will fit all levels of learning and Bible knowledge (Beginner to advanced) and narrow down the list to the best for this particular time and place. Topics could range from a particular book of the Bible (Proverbs), to a theme in the Bible (Grace), to a more topical study (What does God's Word have to say about financial management), to a Bible study based on the events of the week (prayer and service).
- Get 40% or more of the congregation to attend at least one Bible study a week. Right now we are between 10 and 15% during any given week.
- Come up with a schedule of days and times that are convenient for everyone. Right now the only day we have Bible study is Sunday morning and one that meets on the third Friday evening of each month at the Hendershot's house. It would be beneficial to make at least one study available on several days throughout the week.
- Identify people who would be willing and able to lead/facilitate these group. Pastor would not be able to lead them all. Please note that leading/facilitating doesn't necessarily mean teaching. Many who are leaders of a study are learning right along with the rest of the group.
Please reply to let me know if you are interested in working on this!
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