For over 35 years, I’ve watched my mom lead Women’s In-depth Bible Studies. I followed in her footsteps many years ago and began leading women’s studies as well.
As a child, I peeked through the railing of our stairs and watched the ladies come in streams through our front door. There was excitement in the air as the women ate snacks and laughed together. Some would come upstairs and visit my sisters and I to give us hugs goodnight – we loved that!
Then in my footie pajamas along side my 2 sisters, we would freeze so my mom would not see us peeking, and there’d be a hush as my mom opened in prayer and then taught God’s word. It fascinated me as a child to watch all these women. What a joyous night we had in our home once a week!
If you’ve led a Bible study, you know women join for many different reasons. You also know there are different variables that can be challenging such as — an overly quiet group or an overly chatty group.
Today’s video includes some of the things I’ve learned along the way from leading women’s Bible studies, how to manage prayer time and how I plan my notes for leading a study.
A few things I neglected to mention in my video:
1.) Food! Food makes everyone more comfortable. Especially on the first week. It’s good to have drinks and name tags and muffins or cookies to put everyone at ease. Send around a sign-up sheet and ask everyone to contribute.
2.) Socials! Socials outside of the study time can help the group bond. Consider asking one of the women in the group if they would take this on and plan a special night out to dinner, out for coffee or in someone’s house.
3.) You can do this! It does not take a PhD in Bible, a perfect person or a perfect personality to lead a woman’s Bible study. It takes a woman who loves the Lord, loves women, can handle sticky situations with humility, and a willingness to be stretched and used by God.
4.) Your Bible Study group can also be a Good Morning Girls Group! GMG was born out of a Bible Study Group I was leading. I needed accountability – as the leader – to stay in God’s Word everyday and do my homework! So I asked the women if I could email them every morning at 6am after I had my quiet time and say “Good Morning Girls” and then they would email me back if they were up and having their quiet time. This is how we kept each other accountable.
You do not have to be “Reading Through the Bible” to have a GMG group. Simply ask if anyone else in the group needs this sort of accountability and then put their names on a list and begin emailing, texting or facebooking them in a private group after you do your Bible Study homework – and a GMG accountability group is born!
Is God laying on your heart the desire to lead or host a Bible study in your home or church?
Go For It! Just watch God knock your socks off!!
Are you a part of a Bible study group?
What resources do you use, how do you prepare, where do you meet, what do you do for prayer time, for food, and socials?
I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments, especially those of you who have been leading for many years – please share your wisdom or anything you feel I neglected to mention.
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