How to Prepare for a Bible Study

How to Prepare for a Bible Study

Practical tips for adapting an existing study or writing your own

There are few elements more important to a small group than the act of gathering together to study God's Word and its impact on our lives. Unfortunately, most group leaders receive very little training when it comes to the critical process of preparing study material for their groups. That's where this resource can help.

"How to Prepare for a Bible Study" is an effective tool for group leaders who write their own studies, but also for leaders seeking to adapt an existing study to the needs of their specific group. The articles and resources here can fill in many gaps when it comes to writing great discussion questions, engaging different learning styles, assigning homework, and much more.

Note: Get a free preview of this resource by checking out the article Writing Questions That Spark Discussion.

What Makes a Good Bible Study?
The answer may not be what you think.
By JoHannah Reardon

The Do's and Don'ts of Preparation
Here is a quick list of what to do, and what not to do.
By Linda McCullough-Moore

Preparing a Study from Scratch

Connecting Our Stories with God's Story
Learn to take a broader view of group Bible studies in order to make the most of them.
By Tom Bandy

How to Study for the Long Haul
An easy-to-use system for interacting with God's Word over the course of years
By Pat J. Sikora

How to Write Effective Bible Study Questions
Make sure your questions fit these four criteria.
By Terry Powell

Writing Questions that Spark Discussion
Eight helpful tips for those who write their own studies.
By Rick Lowry

Maximizing an Existing Study

Customizing Bible Studies for Your Group
Purchasing curriculum should be your first step, not last.
By Sam O'Neal

Understanding Different Learning Styles
Here's how to teach in the ways people learn best.
By Penny Zettner

Engaging Different Learning Styles
How to adapt your teaching methods to incorporate everyone in your group
By Penny Zettner

The Pros and Cons of Homework
Make a decision based on the needs of your group members, not convenience.
By Rick Howerton and Claude King

Further Exploration
Websites and books to help you plan and execute a group retreat

Total number of pages: 27

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