52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation: Bible Study


52 easy and practical lessons to enliven Bible study groups and classes

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52 easy and practical lessons to enliven Bible study groups and classes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829818765
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: 52 Ways
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I The Nuts and Bolts: Administrative Hints 1

1 Spark Interest in Knowing the Bible 3

2 Invite the Holy Spirit into the Process 6

3 Create a Working Bible Study Curriculum 8

4 Choose the Right Day and Time 10

5 Offer a Variety of Days and Times for Bible Study 12

6 Know Your Student 13

7 Establish a Process for Conversation 15

8 Encourage Persons to Make a Commitment to Study the Bible 16

9 Start with the Basics 17

10 Make Bible Study a Church Event 19

11 Voice Your Choice: Choosing the Bible That's Right for You 21

12 Use the Right Tools 26

13 Tie Bible Study to Worship 31

14 Create Gender Specific Courses 33

15 Involve the Whole Person 36

16 Set a Time Limit for Teachers 39

17 Develop Bible Study Rituals 40

18 Sneak in Mini-Bible Studies 42

19 Train New Bible Study Teachers 43

20 Be Prepared 45

21 Pass the Handouts 46

22 Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate 48

23 Celebrate! 49

Part II The Good Stuff: Methods and Strategies 51

24 Book It! 53

25 Get Theological 55

26 Who Is That? Character and Personality 57

27 Talk, Talk, Talk 59

28 Set the Stage 61

29 Use the Arts 63

30 Make It Physical 67

31 Let the Investigation Begin 69

32 I'm Asking the Questions Here! 71

33 Wrestle with the Difficult Stuff 73

34 Use the GPS or Map It Out 75

35 Communion and the Bible 76

36 Baptism and the Bible 78

37 The Lord's Prayer and the Bible 80

38 Act It Out 82

39 Invite Guest Speakers 85

40 Take a Field Trip 87

41 Artsy Crafty Time 89

42 Show and Tell: Story Hour 91

43 Plan a Memorial Service 92

44 Prepare a Roast 94

45 Who's on Trial? 95

46 State Your Case 98

47 Work with Key Words 100

48 Themes and Patterns 102

49 Things We Wish Jesus Had Not Said 104

50 Use Technology 105

51 Projects for Small Groups 107

52 The Bible as Literature 110

A Closing Word 111

Resources / Bibliography 113

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