Looking to start a Bible Study group with your friends or church? Or maybe you just want to see an idea of what having one would look like? We have the perfect thing for you!
Welcome! I am so excited that you are looking into starting your own Women’s Bible Study Group! This is an easy to follow guide of how to get one started.
In this guide we will walk through some simple steps and ideas to getting your group started. I will lay all of this out as simple as possible. First a little background information on some personal experiences with homemakers groups/women’s bible studies I’ve done/hosted.
My dad was a pastor for 25 years and my mom’s ministry was to the ladies. I can’t remember how many women’s studies she and I have directed together (or attended) but there were a lot! We always had one where ever we lived. So from that experience I will try to help you get yours started.
1. First of all you need to make sure this is God’s plan; if your will is His Will and vice versa. Pray, and then pray some more! You don’t want to start anything that He cannot lead or finish. You catch my drift? But if all doors are open and all light are “go” then let’s continue!
2. The second step is to plan out what you will be hosting. Is it a devotional group study? Is it a crafty class with activities and crafts? Is it a prayer group? Will it be a relaxed meeting where you have drinks and just discuss different topics? Will you be reading through a book and having group discussions afterwards?- All of these are great ideas! Sometimes you can put all of them together and do each of them at different times. Write out on a sheet of paper what you would like to Host.
3.Plan what you will be doing at your event and when. I prefer when the whole group is in unison and going through one book together and a teacher sharing on the chapter. Of course you can do either one of the above mentioned ideas for HG’s but going through a book about godly femininity, a woman’s walk with the Lord, being a keeper of your home ect. is what I highly recommend.
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing or teaching on the chapter try to find or invite someone who will do it. Or all of the attendees can share or answer questions as a group discussion. But plan, plan, plan! Order books or material ahead of time, and schedule when your event will be hosted.Pick a day that will most likely be available for most of your guests. It’s different according to age groups, career types, ect. Be sure to ask God about everything every step of the way!
4. Hospitality. Next you need to have a hospitable environment! Hospitality is KEY ladies! Whether you are Hosting the group study at your home or in a different facility (we’ve used rooms in churches, café’s, plaza’s, ect.) you need to have the room look inviting and comfortable! Decorate the meeting area! You don’t have to buy decorations if it is not in the budget but garage sales are amazing if you choose to do that.
Preparing finger food, cute snacks, or deserts, and drinks is one of the most important things you can do. This does NOT have to be anything major! Don’t go out and buy a whole meal for your guests; a light snack or dessert with tea or lemonade will be just fine! As long as there is something out and available for your guests to enjoy.
This sets the mood and atmosphere for your group study. I’ve been to several study groups where the room was dark the seats were uncomfortable and nothing to snack on or drink. Do you think I paid attention to the study or gained insight on anything? No, I was uncomfortable and uninterested because the hostess did not attend to the needs or comfort of her guests. So again, be as hospitable as possible!
5. Promoting your Event Now that you’ve planned your event you need to get the guests! The best way to get the word out about anything now a’ days is through Social Media. Create a Group page on Facebook if necessary-this is fun and finding cute profile pictures and catchy slogans is a blast! Post about it on Facebook and make an event to invite the ladies to it.
Another way to let your friends know about your bible study group is to ask your church to announce the event on Sundays. Or you could send out personal invitations in cute handwritten notes-you know, like through the postal service, like in the “old days”? ; ) If you really wanna go big you could make flyers and hang them in Christian book stores, libraries, and café’s and in other public places.
>>> If you choose to go through a book with your group I have several resources you could refer too. Here is a list:
For a Teen or Young Women’s Group Book List:
- Preparing to be a Helpmeet, by Debi Pearl
- And the Bride Wore White, by Dannah Gresh
- Joyfully at Home, by Jasmine Baucham
- Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh
- It’s Not That Complicated, by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin
- Authentic Beauty, by Leslie Ludy
- Set-Apart Femininity: God’s Sacred Intent for Every Young Woman, by Leslie Ludy
- True Womanhood, published by Pearables
- Beautiful Girlhood (revised), by Karen Andreola
- Return of the Daughters (DVD)
- Way of Agape, by Nancy and Chuck Missler
For a Mothers or Wives Group:
- Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
- The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace
- Seasons of a Mothers Heart by Sally Clarkson
- Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey & Stacy McDonald
- The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
- The Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell
- To Train Up a Child by Michael & Debi Pearl
- True Womanhood by Pearables
- A Mother’s Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother by Jean Fleming
>>> All of these books can be found on Amamzon.com or on Christianbook.com or at your local library!
Ok, so that is the plan layout and a few ideas! The rest is up to you now! If you have any questions, in need of inspiration, or comments please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I am always checking that inbox so I should respond quickly.)
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