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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
4 Benefits of Bible Study Alignment
If you know the
story of Southwest Airlines as told in the book Nuts!,
then you know that the airline aligned its fleet around one type of aircraft —
the 737. Replacement parts were interchangeable. Pilots were trained
efficiently on flying one type of airplane, not several types. Flight crews
could be transferred from plane to plane and they were always familiar with the
layout and safety features of each plane because every aircraft was the same.
Mechanics were trained to work on one type of aircraft - you guessed it — the
philosophy of aligning its fleet, employees, and customers around one type of
plane has paid huge dividends for the airline. In fact, Southwest has
consistently been profitable while many other airlines have gone bankrupt.
Is there any real
benefit to aligning different age groups in your church through the same Bible
study? Is there any benefit if you align even for a short amount of time? The
answer is "yes."
Dr. Pat Ford joined Church Partnerships of LifeWay Christian Resources in 2007 after 35 years of ministry in church, university, and seminary settings. He can be contacted at 832-725-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed on Twitter at @patford.