Creative and Engaging Ways to Host a Bible Study Group
Small groups or Bible study groups are great ways to enrich one's faith through fellowship. They serve as venues not only for fellow members of the church to get together and discuss the Bible, but also to promote friendship, camaraderie and spiritual support within the participants as they go through their journey toward learning and understanding the Word of God.
But unlike other discussion activities, Bible study groups do not necessarily have to be formal and constricted. To be more effective and inspiring, Bible study groups must be fun, creative and engaging.
If you’re hosting a Bible study group, here are some tips that will help you spice it up.
Not everyone in your Bible study group may be part of your church or congregation. Some of them may have been invited by fellow church members or outsiders wanting to participate out of curiosity. It would help everyone in the group to feel comfortable if you have prepared some activities to break the ice. You may go online for ideas or you can rely on classic ones that most everyone is familiar with, such as “pinning the tail on the donkey” or “dancing around the chairs.” You can choose from those needing physical participation, which may require ample room for movement and props, or you may opt for the non-physical ones like guessing games or self-introductions involving hobbies, favorite cartoon characters, songs or travel stories. Take time into consideration as well so you don’t end up spending more time on the ice breakers than the actual Bible study.
In this age of smartphones and digital technology, having an audio-visual presentation to explain the key points of the study will spark more interest, better understanding and participation. If the venue accommodates an internet connection and outlets to plug your laptop and other electronic equipment, you can have a mini-presentation to introduce the group to your topic of choice. Try to include videos if necessary to demonstrate your ideas visually and facilitate better comprehension. Another helpful tip is incorporating a song relevant to the topic to break a lengthy lecture or discussion. Adding colorful, bright images within the texts are also helpful.
Discussing the Bible and correlating the verses with the groups’ individual experience does not have to be boring. Instead, it can be fun and interactive. For instance, you could employ a Q&A in between topics and have the participants ask each other regarding their thoughts on the subjects being discussed. You may also divide up into smaller groups and have each one discuss their assigned topics. Later on, they can share their thoughts with the larger group. Fostering a healthy competition within the groups can always be fun too, especially if one group is tasked to be the devil’s advocate and the rest of the groups strive to counter false notions with the truth according to the scriptures.
The purpose of the Bible study group is to bring people together to study the Word of God. As always, ending it with a group prayer facilitates spiritual support and inclusion among the participants. To make the Bible study group even more memorable and impactful, you may ask the participants to seek a prayer partner and encourage them to pray for each other before the entire group convenes for the final collective prayer at the end of the Bible study.