7 Reasons why I love to lead Bible studies {And why you can, too}

I taught an adult LifeGroup for 6 years at our church in Atlanta and every Sunday morning on my 15 minute drive in to church I would have the same inner dialogue: “Who am I to teach this group? What qualifies me to speak into their life? They are basically my peers!” Then I would remember what I had studied that week, and the passion I felt about it would rise up, spurring me on to share my newfound insights with them. “I’m sharing the Truth and this is important. It’s not about me…I’m just the messenger. If not me, then who?” I loved leading that group despite the weekly wrestling matches.

Then we came to Chets and I had to say goodbye to that beloved group. I taught a middle school girls LifeGroup for three years (so rewarding!) and then helped my husband start a new adult LifeGroup (best one at Chets!) but I never led it. Through an unplanned turn of events I found myself leading a Chets Women’s Bible study in the Fall of 2013. And I loved it. I had forgotten how fun it was to facilitate a study and I’ve led several more since then.

What does all this have to do with me you may be asking? Well, we need some women to lead studies starting in August! You may be like me and think who am I to lead a study? Well let me give you the top 7 reasons you can do it, too.

  1. You really only have to be one week ahead. You don’t need to know and understand the entire Bible in order to lead a study. Just stay one week ahead in the material and if you don’t understand something there are a gazillion commentaries online to help you dig deeper. Here’s a secret. No one is expecting you to be a Bible scholar. They just want someone to discuss Scripture with them.
  1. You don’t need the spiritual gift of teaching. Say what? I’m not saying that doesn’t help, of course, but studies are written to facilitate and not teach. There’s a big difference. You do not have to come up with the content. Many excellent studies are based on the facilitator model and even include a teaching DVD. Thoughtful discussion questions are provided in the Leader’s book.
  1. You don’t have to be an extrovert to be a leader. In fact I think introverts make outstanding leaders because they strive to give everyone a chance to talk simply to avoid being the center of attention. I should know. 😏
  1. You really can fill two hours. It sounds daunting, but don’t forget you are leading women and women love to talk! The connections made in women’s Bible studies are so rich. The time actually passes too quickly.
  1. We train you! Whether you have led studies for years or are brand new, there is a required training lunch before each semester. I think this is so wise. Practical pointers are shared and you get to meet all the leaders and realize we are all nervous whether veterans or not. We share insights and lessons learned and I always come away from the training having gained some helpful new tip.
  1. You are bathed in prayer. Not only is the Bible study team praying for you but so are the fellow leaders and the Chets Women prayer team. I love how all of the women’s ministry is truly undergirded in prayer. You will feel those prayers and be blessed by them!
  1. You will learn so much more leading the study rather than taking it. It really is true. This one is really just a bonus! You are interacting with the Scriptures on a much deeper level seeking God for His wisdom. Getting those aha moments are so exciting and rewarding. What a gift to get to see life change firsthand.

So have you read a good book lately? See if it has been turned into a study. Or take a look in our ministry closet to peruse the many studies we own. The key is to find a topic or book of the Bible God has been teaching you about lately. I love to pick authors to whom I can relate and who God is clearly using. When you lead on what you are passionate about the semester just flies by.

Have you felt the nudge to lead a study? If so, I pray you feel encouraged to take a step outside your comfort zone. And for those of you who haven’t led in a while, I hope my words remind you how rewarding it is to use the gifts He has given you.

Contact Susan Johnston, Chets Women’s Bible Studies Leader, at susandenette10@gmail.com to sign up or to look over the studies in the ministry closet. I can’t wait to see how God uses you to build up the body here at Chets!


{This post was written by Kelley Hastings. Kelley is a writer-in-training and member of the Author Launch Community. She has been married to Eddie, her Seminary sweetheart, for almost 20 years and they have two charming and rowdy boys. Kelley serves on the Chets Women’s Lead Team via the Small Gatherings/Connect team and helps her husband lead an adult LifeGroup. She loves encouraging women to apply the truth of God’s Word and make deep connections. Her heart beats fast for infertility issues, adoption, families affected by cancer, and, of course, dark chocolate.}

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