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Leading a
Small-Group Bible Study

Almost anyone can lead a small-group Bible Study if they believe in Jesus, are willing to prepare in advance, have an open heart, and have an awareness of social dynamics.


Good leaders work to accomplish at least three important goals:

  1. Increase people’s understanding of the Bible,

  2. Foster spiritual growth through the application of God’s Word, and

  3. Provide a place to experience Christian community.  Although leaders have different styles, every group benefits if the leaders seek these goals.


Here are some handouts I have used in parish Leadership Training programs to help prepare people to lead well.

How do you prepare a small-group Bible Study meeting?

How do you manage what goes on in your meeting?

What are your goals as a small-group Bible Study leader, and what do you need to do to fulfill the role you have taken on?

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