Selecting the Appropriate Study
Word One Bible studies are available for the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel readings for each Sunday of the church year, but which one is really right for your group? First, in selecting a study, keep in mind the group and its members’ individual concerns and needs. Read the objectives given for the studies. Does the objective reflect the needs of your group? Second, feel free to revise and adapt studies for your group. Although these studies are copyrighted, you may copy and adapt studies for local use without permission.
Use of Small Groups
Small groups (up to eight people) are used in Word One Bible studies to help build an atmosphere of acceptance and caring. The small group makes it easier to share insights and to interact with each other. However, the small group, as any group, should be helped to respect the individual’s right to pass on selections where the individual may be uncomfortable sharing with others.
Bible Study Facilitator
The role of facilitator is crucial in providing a smooth, encouraging study. This does not mean identifying someone to lead the study step-by-step, but rather a person who can assure that the study opportunity and materials are available to participants. As facilitator, there are some points to keep in mind:
1. Provide adequate materials (Bibles, pencils, studies, etc.)
2. Check the facility you will be using. Is it comfortable? Will you be using chairs, the floor, etc. for seating? Is there adequate space for movement?
3. Organize the groups and help them become acquainted with one another. Work at building an atmosphere of trust and acceptance. Explain the role of the small group leader and be sure each group has identified who their leader will be.
4. Begin the study with prayer, asking the Spirit’s guidance in discovering the truth and meaning of Scripture.
5. Pace the groups through the study. Encourage them, if necessary, to continue to the next item when they seem to be caught on one item. Be prepared to clarify the questions or concerns they may have about the study. Be ready to encourage each group, being sensitive to each group’s uniqueness and their ability to discover at their own pace.