Quick Tips for Bible Study Leadership

by | Mar 21, 2019 | Articles, Bible Study Tips, Excerpts

While Joy of Living Bible studies are designed so that anyone can start a class, there are responsibilities that come along with being a leader. Here are some tips for improving your leadership, whether you are running a class for two people or two hundred.

  • Make certain you are in fellowship with the Lord.

    Be excited about the discoveries made by others.

  • Make certain you are on time.
  • Dress appropriately – always modestly.
  • Know your material well.
  • Use visuals (graphs, diagrams, maps, etc.)
  • Make certain you’ve done your homework (even if your group is doing it together in class).
  • Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
  • At the end of class sum up what you’ve covered and what conclusions you’ve come to.
  • Be enthusiastic.
  • Use your sense of humor.
  • Be excited about the discoveries made by others.
  • Know your group­—pace your lesson according to them.
  • If an individual seems slow to grasp the information, contact them privately. Ask them if they have any questions you could help them with.
  • If someone seems to grasp the material more quickly than the others, contact them privately. Ask them if they would like additional resources or materials for their personal study.
  • Create an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

    Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”

  • Always keep personal information confidential.
  • Never talk about someone negatively.
  • Make time in your class to get to know one another.
  • Share prayer requests and praise reports.

If you’d like more tips and suggestions for leading a Bible study, you can download our Leadership Training Guide for free, or order a printed copy. This book provides step-by-step guidelines to help you start, administer, and teach a class, as well as lead a discussion group. Also available in Spanish.

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