How to Start a Bible Study
The idea of starting a study can seem daunting, but the good news is that your desire to bring the Word of God to others is all you need!
We’ve developed simple, helpful resources that will guide you through running a fruitful study, whether you’re new or already have an established Bible study culture at your parish.
Pick the study that’s right for you, and then follow these steps:
Step 1: Plan your study
- Assemble a Core Team of people to help you plan, promote, facilitate, and run your study.
- Determine where and when you will be able to have the study.
- Make sure you have the facilities and equipment necessary, including a video player, tables for participants, and a room large enough for everyone.
- Familiarize yourself with the study materials and how the study works.
Step 2: Promote Your Study
There are many ways you can promote your study, and we have many free, downloadable resources to help you. Here are some of the best ways to get the word out:
- Register your study on the Bible study map
- Place our customizable flyers and posters in your church.
- Ask your pastor to announce and promote the study from the pulpit.
- Announce the study in your parish bulletin.
- Send an email to your parishioner database.
- Post the study on your parish website.
- Provide registration tables after Mass.
- Take advantage of our Bible Timeline Chart loaner program. Call 1-800-376-0520 to learn more.
- Host a free information session about the study.
- Ask parishes and church organizations in your area to help.
- Invite people personally to your study.
Step 3: Run & Facilitate Your Study
- Register participants for your study, and ensure that everyone has their study materials.
- Train your small group facilitators to oversee the small group discussions. Make sure you have enough small group facilitators to accommodate groups of 8-12.
- Have fun, and think about which study you would like to run after this. There are many Great Adventure studies you can choose from.
Have questions? We can help
We have friendly and knowledgeable Study Consultants available to help you every step of the way. Call us at 1-800-372-0520.