Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Training Pathways from Ministry Grid

New training pathways from Ministry Grid provide prescriptive training for those serving in different areas of ministry. Each area of ministry will have three different levels: Foundational, Advanced, and Expert so volunteers and staff can be trained appropriately. We have launched 4 pathways to begin with and more will be launched in coming weeks and months. Our aim is to make it easy for ministry leaders to train their people effectively without needing to build their own program (unless they want to!).
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DevoHub.com Coming Soon!









Provide your church with daily devotional content you can trust-straight to their phones!

Coming Soon!

Stay in the know at devohub.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Vacation Bible School 2015 - Journey Off the Map

VBS 2015 - Journey Off The Map

Take the journey! 

LifeWay's VBS will take your kids to uncharted territory where they will begin to understand that obedience to God can lead them beyond the expected. So, toss the map, stick close to your guide, and prepare to listen for God’s direction in this journey that is unknown to us, but known by Him.

VBS Motto:  This is the way. Walk in it.

VBS Scripture: Isaiah 30:21
And whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.” (HCSB)

Learn all things VBS from LifeWay HERE.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Looking for short-term group studies for your 2015 ministry?

Looking for short-term group studies for your 2015 ministry?

LifeWay provides Bible studies for churches and individuals in all of life's stages. Whether you're shopping for Sunday School, a small group, or for personal growth, and whether your preference is to study by topic or verse-by-verse, you will find a variety of new and popular resources to help you grow spiritually and meet life's many challenges.

Check out these newer Bible studies from LifeWay...

Monday, January 5, 2015

Fifteen Trends for Churches in 2015

Perhaps you are like me and have spent part of the holidays reading various articles and posts on everyone's top things for 2014 or predictions for 2015. I'm always interested in things especially related to church practices and trends. And as I travel and visit with church leaders I am often asked about such from my observations, etc. So, I thought I would re-post here one of the better such articles or posts I have recently read for your benefit as well. 

Enjoy these posts from Thom S. Rainer, CEO at LifeWay and my upline boss. May they help you be encouraged, inspired, and challenged in your ministry work in the coming year.

Fifteen Trends for Churches in 2015, Part 1

Fifteen Trends for Churches in 2015, Part 2


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A New Way to Develop Aligned Group Content: SmallGroup.com







By Eric Geiger
This week, churches across the world will not only meet together to sing songs of the faith and sit under the preaching of God’s Word; they will also meet in homes and classrooms to study, share, confess, and pray for each other in groups. These groups matter greatly as God uses community to mature His people.
Healthy groups don’t merely meet together; they form community built on the truth of God’s Word. In light of this, I shared some time ago about two wise approaches for group content: (1) a discipleship plan that systematically develops people or (2) aligned content that unites the weekly sermon with the group experience.
Because groups matter so much, we at LifeWay have devoted tremendous energy to helping church leaders feed their people well in either approach
  • Approach One: A discipleship plan—This is an intentional roadmap for how your groups study the Bible, often found in a trustworthy Bible study resource. These are resources like Explore the BibleBible Studies for Life, and The Gospel Project, all intentionally crafted around a wise discipleship plan. (For more information on these, click here.)
  • Approach Two: Aligned content—This is the practice of connecting group Bible studies to the sermon content each week.
Today, I want to focus specifically on this second approach. Aligned content has a special ability to focus the whole church in a single direction. Churches that do this often have highly skilled pastors or staff members writing these studies each week. This is a time-consuming but worthwhile effort for these churches as every group discussion reinforces the vision, values, and mission of the church while taking the sermon to a more personal level.
A few years ago, a team of people here at LifeWay set out to serve these churches through a concierge service called Discipleship in Context. By doing so, local church staff members saved hours in their weekly schedules, hours that are now being utilized to develop and shepherd group leaders. This team continues to create custom Bible studies for churches every week, and while the team does a tremendous job, their bandwidth is limited.
Today, I want to share with you about a new service that bridges the gap, allowing churches that want aligned content to create custom Bible studies each week in a convenient and cost-effective way.
Smallgroup.com is a web-based tool for creating and distributing custom Bible studies in minutes. Our team has built a customizable library of more than 1,500 studies (with up to 50 more added each week) from all 66 books of the Bible and on more than 200 topics. Simply search for your text or topic, choose a study that’s on target, and then quickly customize it as needed for your groups. The result is a custom study, written by a team of seminary-trained Bible study experts, that fits your groups perfectly.
In short, smallgroup.com does the heavy lifting so that you can spend more time each week on other areas of ministry that require your attention. It’s easy to use, fast, and very affordable. I believe this will be an invaluable tool for churches that desire aligned content.
I’m very excited to tell you that you can head to smallgroup.com right now. The site is currently in an open beta test, and you are invited to try it free for two weeks. This will give you an opportunity to test the site for two weeks and see how smallgroup.com can help you deliver custom Bible studies to your groups at a fraction of the time it would ordinarily take you.
Your groups matter, and if you desire to use aligned content, I believe smallgroup.com will help you feed your people in a careful and customized way.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Gospel Project Goes Chronological For All Ages In Fall 2015



In Fall 2015, The Gospel Project is beginning a new, chronological study plan for Kids, Students, and Adults.
Over the course of three years, participants will journey from Genesis to Revelation and discover how God's plan of redemption unfolds throughout Scripture and still today, compelling them to join the mission of God.
With The Gospel Project, churches and study groups can consistently experience:
  • Christ-centered Study that helps participants understand how all Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, gives testimony to Jesus Christ.
  • Chronological Study Plan that shows how the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story-God's story of redemption.
  • Age Alignment for churches that wish to build a shared discipleship plan and equip parents to lead spiritual conversations in the home.
  • Missional Application that examines how the gospel encourages and empowers us to be mission-driven.
  • Essential Doctrines that help participants grasp the theological truths and central themes of the Christian faith.
Learn more HERE and download the New Study Plan and preview a sample lesson for each age.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Explore the Bible Adult Personal Study Guide Enhancements Coming Spring and Summer








Look for these enhancements coming soon...

Context Passage Identified
Coming Spring 2015
In addition to the core passage being cited at the front of the study,
the context passage will be cited under the Understand the Context
section header. This will help participants to study the text in its context.

Bold Scripture
Coming Summer 2015
In order to emphasize Scripture in contrast to the commentary, not only
will the core passage continue to be located at the front of the study,
but the text will also be in bold font.

Scripture with Verse Divisions
Coming Summer 2015
The Bible text will appear both at the front of each session and under
verse headers in the Explore the Text section. This makes personal study
easier and recognizes the best practice of reading the passage in its
entirety followed by studying it in smaller pieces.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Four Ways To Be On Mission Together

By Rick Howerton

Few things bond a group more than being on mission together. The dreaming of it, the planning of it, the accomplishment of it, and the celebration of it bonds group members like few other experiences. I would suggest that your group do one of the following (even better, dream up ideas of your own) at least three times a year.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Three Signs It’s Time to Multiply Your Group

By Eddie Mosley
You probably know the terms well: start, birth, multiply, split, apprentice, launch, etc. They sound good when you read the principles in a book. But in your living room on Thursday nights or in your classroom on Sunday mornings, they just don’t carry the same weight or feel of success. 
The size of the group is important, not only for management of relationships, but for shepherding them on their spiritual journey. As a Small Group leader you are to shepherd each person in your group, not just lecture at them. Getting through the entire Bible study material becomes less important as discipling people on their spiritual journey becomes the focus. (And you will become burned out as a leader if your group grows too large.)
New groups are vital to the continued growth (church and community impact). So what is the perfect number at which we need to multiply our group? Because we treat all our groups (whether on campus or off campus) as families, it is more a matter of timing than numbers. Timing is something we pray for, review weekly reports for, and instruct leaders on twice a year.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Three Childcare Options for Small Groups

By Rick Howerton
In my nearly 15 years of consulting small group churches, training small group leaders, and taking calls from hundreds of small group pastors, childcare is the number one question asked of me (without a close second).

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Connection Between Neuroscience and Discipleship

By Sam O'Neil
If you’ve been paying attention to news headlines in recent months, you may have noticed that people are becoming awfully interested in their brains. Specifically, there have been a number of recent studies and discoveries claiming to uncover the fascinating interactions between our brains and our behaviors.
For example:
As you can see, “neuroscience” is the key term that describes this newly popular field. Neuroscience is the study of the human nervous system, usually focusing specifically on the brain. At its most basic level, neuroscience is an attempt to go “under the hood” and discover how the wiring of our brains impacts every element of our lives.
That being the case, I was especially intrigued by John Ortberg’s recent article in LeadershipJournal: “Can Neuroscience Help Us Disciple Anyone?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Protestant churches show economic improvement

By Jim Burton

The nation's slow economic recovery from a deep recession is showing up in the offering plates of Protestant churches in the U.S., according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research.
Although 56 percent of churches still report negative impact from the economy, 13 percent report a positive impact -- a jump of 4 percentage points from May 2012. When compared to the previous three years, churches are reporting less negative and more positive economic impact.
"The most recent recession revealed poor habits among Americans in terms of spending and lending," Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research director, said. "Surely churches have had to learn some of these same lessons."
Two-thirds of the churches surveyed report meeting or exceeding their 2014 budget. Nearly half (46 percent) are matching their budget, while 22 percent say receipts exceed their budget. Meanwhile, 29 percent of churches report receipts below budget.
When compared to 2013 giving, 74 percent of Protestant churches report offerings are at or above 2013 while 21 percent say receipts are lower than 2013.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests

By Thom S. Rainer
If you attend a church regularly, you’ve probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches.
I did a Twitter poll to ask these first-time guests why they chose not to return to a particular church. While some of the responses were anticipated, I admit being a bit surprised with some of them.
Though my poll is not scientific, it is nevertheless fascinating. Here are the top ten responses in order of frequency.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Changing Face of the American Church

population-chartBy Bob Smietana

For a look at the future of the church in America, it’s time for pastors to go back to school. Not to seminary—but to their local public schools.

More than half the students (50.3 percent) nationwide are ethnic minorities, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That’s up from 37 percent in 1997, according to Pew Research. This is just one sign of how the United States is becoming a multiethnic nation.

Consider this: In 1960, 85 percent of Americans were white, about 11 percent were black, with other minority groups making up the remaining 4 percent. Today, only 63 percent of Americans are white.

By 2043, the Census Department predicts no one ethnic group will hold a majority. By 2060, an estimated 57 percent of Americans will be people of color (black, Hispanic, and other).

For American Christians, the changes have been even more dramatic—at least on a demographic level. Among older Americans (those over 65), 7 out of 10 are white Christians. By contrast, only about a quarter of younger (18 to 29-year-olds) Americans are white Christians. In addition, more than half of younger Christians are people of color, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).

Yet few American congregations reflect these changes.

Read more...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"The Beginning" from the Disciples Path series...bulk discounts and leader guide

Now Available- The Beginning

The Beginning introduces the basic practices and elements of the faith, including the centrality of Christ, the crucial practice of prayer and Scripture reading, community, and what it means to be on mission for God. Exercises put weekly topics into practice, and meeting times work as well in one-on-one discipleship relationships as they do with typical small groups. 5 sessions.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More churches using background checks

By Aaron Earls
An estimated 1-in-5 background checks processed through LifeWay Christian Resources' program with backgroundchecks.com reveals a conviction of a felony or other serious offense.
This may be part of the reason why a growing number of churches use background checks as a way to better protect children and others involved in ministry.
After a six-year partnership between LifeWay and backgroundchecks.com, the number of churches that say they are benefiting from the screenings continues to grow. Since last year, 50 percent more churches and organizations have used the service.
Since 2008, approximately 7,700 churches and religious organizations have conducted more than 142,000 background checks by using backgroundchecks.com (www.LifeWay.com/backgroundchecks). Of those checks, nearly half (47 percent) contained some type of criminal offense, according to Jennie Taylor, a LifeWay coordinator who helps manage the service.
Taylor said the majority of those were for minor incidents, such as speeding tickets or seatbelt violations. But more than 21 percent of the checks discovered misdemeanors or more serious crimes, including more than 9,000 felonies.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Group Leader Skills: Conversations Between Meetings

By Rick Howerton

The amount of and the substance of conversation that takes place during the small group meeting is directly related to the amount of and the substance of conversation that takes place between meetings.

I am asked all the time to teach on the small group meeting. The real question seems to be, “How can our group have a life-changing, biblically-driven, story revealing conversation when our small group gets together?” I always go through a list of well-known, often written about ideas:
  1. Be sure to do ice-breakers as they create a conversational environment.
  2. Be sure that as group members arrive you greet them well making them feel welcome and converse with them about their day and what is taking place in their lives so that you deal with those surface conversations before the real meeting even begins.
  3. You as a leader should model vulnerability and transparency so that the conversation goes past surface discussions into real life.
  4. Be sure you’re asking open-ended questions that lead to conversation rather than closed-ended questions that shut down the conversation, etc.
But in almost every instance someone says, “I do all of that but my group members still won’t talk.” My next question, “How much do you and your group members communicate between meetings?” And, in almost every instance, there is a revealing silence. I then state, as I did earlier in this post,“The amount of and the substance of conversation that takes place during the small group meeting is directly related to the amount of and the substance of conversation that takes place between meetings.” Communicating between meetings can take place in multiple ways.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Gospel Project Babies and Toddlers Leader Guide — Coming Fall 2015!

In Fall 2015, the Preschool Leader Kit will include a Babies and Toddlers Leader Guide. Each session will include a toddler-friendly Bible story, Christ Connection, a shortened key passage, and five activities for a leader to pick and choose. We will also include fun songs for babies and toddlers to reinforce Bible truths and the key passage.

Starting in Fall 2015, across the age groups we are going to structure our big picture questions a little differently. Each unit will have one or two big picture questions that are theological in nature. Each session will include a main point to reinforce a story-specific Bible truth. Babies and toddlers will learn one main point, such as “God made everything” and “Jesus is our King,” per unit.

The leader guide will also contain a Bonus Teaching Hour for the second-hour leader. The Bonus Teaching Hour will include brief Bible story points, a transition activity, and five low-prep activities to reinforce learning that occurred in the first hour.

Will there be materials for parents?
In Fall 2015, the Big Picture Cards for Families: Preschool are going to be easier for little hands to hold. The preschool cards will include the main point for babies and toddlers and Bible story statements for parents to say at home.

In addition, we are going to provide The Gospel: God’s Plan for Parents for teachers to coach mommies and daddies about how they as adults can trust Jesus.

Will babies and toddlers understand the gospel?
Will a toddler understand the gospel in a way that leads to repentance? No. The Bible is clear that salvation occurs when the Holy Spirit convicts us of our personal sin and our need for a Savior. (See John 16:8-11.) Babies and toddlers do not have the ability to comprehend personal sin. Toddlers might understand that they make wrong choices, but they do not understand what sin is—yet.

As we train babies and toddlers in righteousness by teaching them the Bible and God’s standard of holiness, in time, they will understand that they fall short. When we teach early on that Jesus is the only One who saves, they will know to whom they can turn for salvation. Along the way, we hope to walk alongside parents as they talk about Jesus to their kids so that the gospel is the foundation upon which their understanding of God is formed.

Our plan as we begin to write gospel-centered Bible stories for babies and toddlers is for them to hear constantly:
·         God created the world and He is our King. (Rev. 4:11)
·         God is our Rescuer. He rescues us through His Son, Jesus. (John 3:16)
·         Jesus is alive! (Matthew 28:6)
·         We can love and serve God. (Eph. 2:10)

As we prepare for Fall 2015, please let us know any ideas or suggestions you have for babies and toddlers, or any of our other age groups. See you in Fall 2015!In Fall 2015, the Preschool Leader Kit will include a Babies and Toddlers Leader Guide. Each session will include a toddler-friendly Bible story, Christ Connection, a shortened key passage, and five activities for a leader to pick and choose. We will also include fun songs for babies and toddlers to reinforce Bible truths and the key passage.

Starting in Fall 2015, across the age groups we are going to structure our big picture questions a little differently. Each unit will have one or two big picture questions that are theological in nature. Each session will include a main point to reinforce a story-specific Bible truth. Babies and toddlers will learn one main point, such as “God made everything” and “Jesus is our King,” per unit.

The leader guide will also contain a Bonus Teaching Hour for the second-hour leader. The Bonus Teaching Hour will include brief Bible story points, a transition activity, and five low-prep activities to reinforce learning that occurred in the first hour.

Will there be materials for parents?
In Fall 2015, the Big Picture Cards for Families: Preschool are going to be easier for little hands to hold. The preschool cards will include the main point for babies and toddlers and Bible story statements for parents to say at home.

In addition, we are going to provide The Gospel: God’s Plan for Parents for teachers to coach mommies and daddies about how they as adults can trust Jesus.

Will babies and toddlers understand the gospel?
Will a toddler understand the gospel in a way that leads to repentance? No. The Bible is clear that salvation occurs when the Holy Spirit convicts us of our personal sin and our need for a Savior. (See John 16:8-11.) Babies and toddlers do not have the ability to comprehend personal sin. Toddlers might understand that they make wrong choices, but they do not understand what sin is—yet.

As we train babies and toddlers in righteousness by teaching them the Bible and God’s standard of holiness, in time, they will understand that they fall short. When we teach early on that Jesus is the only One who saves, they will know to whom they can turn for salvation. Along the way, we hope to walk alongside parents as they talk about Jesus to their kids so that the gospel is the foundation upon which their understanding of God is formed.

Our plan as we begin to write gospel-centered Bible stories for babies and toddlers is for them to hear constantly:
·         God created the world and He is our King. (Rev. 4:11)
·         God is our Rescuer. He rescues us through His Son, Jesus. (John 3:16)
·         Jesus is alive! (Matthew 28:6)
·         We can love and serve God. (Eph. 2:10)

As we prepare for Fall 2015, please let us know any ideas or suggestions you have for babies and toddlers, or any of our other age groups. See you in Fall 2015!

Learn more...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mark Dance to help LifeWay become ‘best friend to pastors’

By Marty King

Arkansas pastor Mark Dance will join the staff of LifeWay Christian Resources to lead efforts in building closer relationships between the entity LifeWay and pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Dance, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church, Conway since 2001, will begin serving Oct. 1 as LifeWay’s associate vice president for pastoral leadership.

Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay’s president and CEO, said Dance will develop and strengthen LifeWay’s relationships with SBC pastors and staff, as well as denominational entities, state conventions, and associations.

“I love pastors,” Rainer said. “One of my prayers when I was called to this position was the Lord would allow LifeWay to be a best friend to pastors and staff. And, one of my ongoing goals is that LifeWay would provide the resources our pastors need to lead their churches to reach people and make disciples. Calling Mark Dance is the next step toward that dream.”

“Mark has experienced the challenges pastors face, and, after eight years as a trustee, he knows LifeWay well enough to coordinate pastoral resources from across all our divisions. I’ve asked Mark to launch whatever initiatives we need to intentionally connect us with the needs of pastors and their staffs.”

Dance said he is humbled and excited about the new ministry, but will miss his church.

“I love our church family tremendously and am thankful for God’s hand of favor on Second Baptist Church. Maybe that is why He has chosen this time to reassign me to another ministry,” Dance explained. “Second has been wonderfully supportive and loving, and fortunately sees this more as sharing their pastor than losing their pastor.”

“My original calling to the ministry is being both narrowed and broadened,” he said. “Narrowed from pastoring members to pastoring pastors. Broadened from pastoring locally to pastoring nationally and even some internationally through LifeWay’s extensive ministries and partnerships.”

“I aspire to be a voice of encouragement and hope to those struggling personally or professionally. Paul encouraged Timothy to preach through both the good and bad seasons. I have pastored through both, and consequently there are not many ministry mistakes I haven’t made or blessings I haven’t experienced in the last 27 years.”

“I also want to help provide opportunities for pastors to develop their gifts and fulfill their calling. Since only about 1 out of every 10 who start ministry will actually finish in the ministry, I consider it a privilege to be that ‘son of encouragement’ to those still pastoring.

A native Texan, Dance has served as a summer missionary in Kenya and Japan , as well as on mission teams to more than two dozen countries. He is completing his eighth year as a LifeWay trustee. Prior to his call to Second Baptist, Dance pastored churches in Tennessee and Texas. He earned a D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dance and his wife, Janet, who is a registered dietitian, have been married 26 years and have two children. Holly is married and lives in Arkadelphia, and Brad is a senior at Conway High School. In Conway, Dance has served as a chaplain to the Conway Police Dept since 2006. An avid bowhunter, he has been a member of the Natural Gear Pro-Staff since 2008.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Disciples Path: A New Resource for New Disciples

Take the Next Step with Disciples Path! Disciples Path is a series of resources founded on Jesus' model of discipleship.
Created by experienced disciple makers across the nation, it is an intentional path of transformational discipleship. While most small-group studies facilitate transformation through relationship and information, these disciple-making resources do it through the principles of modeling, practicing, and multiplying.
  • Leaders model a biblical life
  • Disciples follow and practice from the leader
  • Disciples become disciple makers and multiply through Disciples Path
Each of the six studies in the Disciples Path series has been written and approved by disciple makers for one-on-one settings as well as small groups. The Beginning is available now. Future studies include The Way, The Call, The Truth, The Life, and The Mission.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pastor salaries not keeping up with inflation

By Marty King

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation.
These findings are part of the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention Compensation Study, an in-depth survey of 12,907 staff members in Southern Baptist churches. Baptist state conventions along with LifeWay Research and GuideStone Financial Resources conduct this survey every two years. All the data acquired by the study has been compiled into an online tool at LifeWay.com/CompensationSurvey.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Building a Family Legacy Resources from Dr. James Dobson

Church families can build better homes.

For more than four decades, Dr. James Dobson's singular passion has been to strengthen and preserve the family. And much of his legacy is now available in a collection of eight Bible studies based on his best-selling books. The Dr. James Dobson Building a Family Legacy film series will help families in your church learn how to build solid marriages and stable homes, raise responsible and respectful children, and ensure that your whole family lives forever.
No matter how they might have begun, your families can still finish well. And it can all start here.

Building a Family Legacy Resources


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Gospel Project (2015-2018)

At the end of Summer 2015 we will complete the original 3 year study plan for The Gospel Project and we will begin a new cycle in Fall 2015.  We will announce the new study plan more publicly in December 2014, but this hidden post provides an early, behind the scenes look at our upcoming plans.

In the fall of 2015, The Gospel Project will begin a new, chronological Christ-centered study cycle in which all ages—Adults, Students, and Kids – will discover the over-arching thread of redemption weaving through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Every session, participants will be immersed in the gospel and challenged to live on mission.

What can you expect from The Gospel Project relaunch?
  • Christ-centered: Each session will point to Christ as the hero of the story, and show how the gospel transforms hearts and applies to every area of life.
  • Chronological: The cycle will move participants, babies to adults, from Genesis to Revelation in three years.
  • Age Aligned: All ages, from babies to adults, will be aligned in Bible passages.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Why Groups Are Essential for Biblical Transformation

By Bob Smietana

Most weeks it’s hard enough to get people to show up for church on Sunday. Does it make sense in today’s hectic world for pastors to ask people to give another evening or morning for group Bible study?

Yes it does, according to a new study by LifeWay Research on the impact of Bible study groups. The study of 3,500 Protestant churchgoers found that being in a group plays an essential role in Christian growth.

The research showed that groups remain one of the most effective tools for learning the habits of faith, such as prayer, Bible study, and serving others. People who regularly attend groups show an increased level of commitment to building their individual relationships with Christ and with others. Simply stated, groups matter.

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