Bible Study Goes Virtual
Nothing replaces the face-to-face interaction that takes place in a Bible study group. Body language gets lost in the virtual world and some things are beyond our control. The group you lead is your group and Lifeway does not want to replace you. Instead, we want to help you continue to lead your group and do it well even if you can’t meet face-to-face.
If your church has decided to not meet in response to COVID-19, that does not mean you need to stop leading your group to study the Bible. Here are some ideas that may help you during these days.
- Use Social media platforms to conduct a virtual class. Skype, FaceBook Live, and Zoom are some of the more common virtual platforms. Each has pros and cons. If you use FaceBook Live, encourage the group to post questions in the comments. If you use Zoom, remind the group to either mute their personal video or be aware that others can see them.
- Use text to your advantage. You may want to create a group experience through a group text. Send everyone in the class a group message and remind them to read the Bible passage to be studied and the content in the Personal Study Guide. Set a time for a teaching time to take place and do it by group text. Treat the group plans in the leader guide or leader helps to a text script. Begin by posing the question at the beginning of the lesson you would have used if you were meeting face-to-face. Direct the group to read a passage section. Give them time and then send a follow-up question (use the questions in the plans or the Personal Study Guide). Allow for group response. Close with a challenge and encourage the group to begin to look at the next lesson or if using the Daily Discipleship Guide, direct them to complete the daily activities in the week ahead.
- Use Social media to foster discussion. Instead of going live on FaceBook, post a recording of you doing a summary of the lesson ending with a question or two to foster discussion (use the questions in the resources). You will want to make this a private group so the comments can be kept between the group.
This article comes from Ken Braddy, Director of Sunday School for Lifeway Christian Resources. Ken has several excellent blog posts about Bible studyand ministry during the COVID-19 crisis that are worth your time. Check out kenbraddy.com.