Where can a church begin looking for the right Bible study materials? For some, it may be within the church itself.
With help from a new web-based tool offered by LifeWay Christian Resources, a congregation can now have easier access to customizable content that accompanies a sermon series or undergirds a special church-wide campaign.
“Up until now,” said Michael Kelley, director of Groups Ministry at LifeWay and executive editor of HomeLife magazine, “if a church needed curriculum written specifically for them, the only real option was to invest a significant amount of time and money in producing it themselves.”
Even for churches that may have the resources to manage a project of this size, the work often suffers, Kelley said, “because the church is simply too pressed for time in all their areas of ministry.”
To solve that problem, Kelley and others at LifeWay developed SmallGroup.com. “With SmallGroup.com, a church can have customized content and still devote their energy to other areas of ministry,” Kelley said.
The site has more than 1,200 searchable studies on 400 topics from all 66 books of the Bible. If a passage or topic isn’t available, one of the best features of SmallGroup.com, Kelley noted, is that users can request a specific study at no additional charge and a LifeWay curriculum specialist will contact them within 48 hours. Users can also add church-specific logos and terminology to their Bible study templates.
Jorge Molina, small groups pastor at Christ Fellowship in Miami, said SmallGroup.com offers an advantage to churches that take time to hear from their people what is needed for Bible study and create materials to reflect those needs.
Any church can benefit from the church-based curriculum, Molina said. “This system lets you customize the material to what you feel is best for the people you lead,” he said.
Kelley pointed to three specific small group approaches that were part of the development of SmallGroup.com.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press