A class can be started in any community and in a variety of venues. There are classes in churches, community buildings, homes, social clubs, and pubs. Classes can be small groups of three people to large classes of 60-plus with several discussion groups.

The six steps to starting a class:

1. Form a team

CBS is a Team Ministry. Whether you are in a church, or just two or three Christians wanting to impact your Community, a team of two is essential.

2. Choose a Study

You may like to start with our Global studies. click here to see what’s available.

Alternatively our team building study, ‘If You Will Pray’, will help you discern your vision and define your individual roles, using the powerful tool of prayer whilst studying the wonderful book of Nehemiah.  View a sample.

3. Start your study

Identify a leader (not necessarily the person who will eventually lead the class, but someone who will facilitate the start-up procedure). With both the If You Will Pray (Nehemiah) Study and the Global studies we recommend a short time of prayer to start with and then a discussion leader should facilitate. Make sure all questions are covered and that no one person dominates, but all are included.  The discussion can take 40-60 minutes. Another member of the group will be asked to provide a wrap up talk. This should be previously prepared and will relate to the study and have a practical application which challenges the listeners to change.

4. Organisation

Decide on roles for the leadership team (see 5). Decide on a venue and time to meet. People should feel comfortable, confident and cared for in your group. Decide on a study from the Global CBS study list: click here. Publicise your class using our ready-prepared material, available here.

5. Training

We offer training for the various roles involved as you need it. When possible a CBS class is supported by a Class Leader, a Coordinator (Administrator) and an Assistant Class Leader. For larger classes there are also Prayer Coordinators and other assistants. Training is given in these specific roles; the background and structure to CBS is covered as well as group dynamics, administration and how to prepare a talk. You will need Discussion Group Leaders as the class grows, whom you will train yourself.  Each class is issued with a leadership manual detailing procedures and policies, covering all aspects of running a group and access to helpful materials to download.  Further details about how to get training are here.

6. The first day of your class

This is usually an introductory session rather than a formal study time. Use an ice-breaker to get to know people. Ask participants about themselves. Use lapel badges. Register contact details. Introduce the study and explain how the system works, discuss finances. Give a background introductory talk about the Bible book being studied.


If you are interested in starting a class, or would like further information about Community Bible Study please contact:

Simon Baker, National Director email: simon@cbsuk.org