Four Study Methods for Small Groups

September 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

In this post I outline the four study methods that small groups may use. I have ordered them from the most difficult (#1) to the easiest (#4). 

4 Ways to Lead a Small GroupI. TOPIC

  • This is the most difficult and requires knowledge and understanding of a specific topic that can have many different views and ideas.
  • It also requires group members to be able to flip to different parts of the Bible, which can be difficult for new believers.

II. PASSAGE

  • A study based on a passage of the Bible is the second most difficult.
  • A LIFE Group leader will have to do a lot of preparation to teach directly from the Bible (time and resources).

III. BOOK

  • A book study is where a small group leader has the group each purchase a book that guides them through the process of studying the Bible.
  • Book studies can be focused on books of the Bible or topics within the Bible.
  • My favorite book study curriculm is Warren Wiersbe’s “BE Series” 

IV. VIDEO

  • Video studies are easier than book studies.
  • Only limitation is making sure you have good AV support.
  • My favorite DVD curriculum in Chip Ingram’s material available at Living on the Edge

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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