Appendix 4: Study Group TipsRelated Media
Leading a small group using the Bible Teacher's Guide can be done in various ways. One format for leading a small group is the “study group” model, where each member prepares and shares in the teaching. This appendix will cover tips for facilitating a weekly study group.
- Each week the members of the study group will read through a select chapter of the guide, complete the homework, answer the reflection questions (see Appendix 5), and come prepared to share in the group.
- Prior to each meeting, a different member can be selected to lead the group and share Question 1 of the reflection questions, which is to give a short summary of the chapter read. This section of the gathering could last from five to fifteen minutes. This way, each member can develop their gift of teaching, and it also will make them study harder during the week. Or, each week the same person could share the summary.
- After the summary has been given, the leader for that week will facilitate discussions through the rest of the reflection questions and select homework questions that apply to the group.
- After discussion, the group will share prayer requests and pray for one another.
The strength of the study group is the fact that the members will be required to prepare their responses before the meeting, which will allow for easier discussion. In addition, each member will be given the opportunity to teach, which will further equip their ministry skills. The study group model has distinct advantages.