Wherever you are in the UK, whatever your previous experience of reading the Bible or discipleship we would love to help you and your friends get started!
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 (ESV)
Others have started classes in homes, community buildings, supermarkets, restaurants, social clubs, pubs and of course… churches. Classes have started with as few as 2 or as many as 15 people or even more! Experience of Bible study is not needed in order to lead the group. We will orientate and train you but here is an outline of how it might work…
1. Pray and… form a team
Are you are a lone Christian wanting to disciple your community or a large church wanting to go deeper? Whatever your answer both prayer and a team are essential to the ministry, just as they have been since the church began. Two is a good start!
2. Get in touch with us
We would love to come alongside you through this startup process and are available to orientate, encourage and pray for you as you take an important step forward for God’s kingdom.
The best way to get in touch with us is via the contact page. Do let us have a phone number and give us an idea of your location so we can put you straight in touch with someone nearby.
Look at our Training booklet and other promotional materials which can help you get the word out. We can cover your costs for some of these.
3. Pray and… choose a study and a location.
Choosing your first study is important. We have put together some ideas to help you.
Choose a venue which fits for the group you are hoping for. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice and prayer!
4. Pray and… start!
Your first session is focussed on introductions.
Give people a chance to get to know each other or introduce themselves. Our Welcome booklet will help here and we can let you have printed copies for all your guests free of charge. Here are some ideas for a first-class start!
5. Pray and… go on!
In your second session together, start with prayer together inviting the Holy Spirit to help you understand God’s Word and glorify Jesus in your lives.
One person should facilitate the discussion by reading the questions ensuring everyone has the opportunity to share their “treasure”.
Another member of the group will prepare the wrap-up talk with a life application.
People should feel comfortable, confident and cared for in your group. Make sure you fit in a cup of coffee in your meeting time :).
6. Pray and… get fully trained
Our training empowers your group to disciple one another.
It covers all aspects of running a class including how to prepare a talk. Further details about training are here.