How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study in Your Home

How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study in Your Home

As the leader of my women’s ministry, I have had the privilege of leading women’s retreats, Bible studies and other women’s events. Whether it is a tradition a church has established, or you want to begin a new event from scratch, one of the weekly events that can build the best relationships and foster the most amount of trust among its members is a weekly bible study. But that trust is difficult to establish conducted in a stuffy church classroom. Opening up your home adds an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation, promoting trust, productivity and creativity. Here are seven steps you can take to ensure your home is the perfect place for a bible study: 

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1. Create a mission and vision statement

At your first meeting, get out a whiteboard and agree together on a vision and mission statement. This immediately establishes your home as a place not bound by rigidity, but a place where creativity and community thrive. Bible studies fall flat when they merely transfer information and don’t allow for transformation. All small groups regardless of their purpose should have a vision and mission statement. A vision statement states the group’s purpose in a clear, concise way. For example, a vision statement from a Bible study might be: “Our bible study is a safe environment that allows people to study the Word, apply it to their daily lives and use it to evangelize the world around us.” A mission statement is a sentence that summarizes the steps the group will take to achieve the vision statement. This might be: “We will achieve this by getting together regularly to discuss the assigned Bible passage, commit to study the passage at home before coming to the meeting, contribute to the discussion in a positive way and commit to a local missions project to be completed once a month at the place the group decides.” 

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